The William Ransom Primary School, Hertfordshire ~ Day 2

| November 26, 2013 | 2 Comments 

Our second day with The William Ransom Primary School and their visiting colleagues from the Hitchin Partnership, and today was our chance to spend time with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and their teachers in the morning and then the afternoon with Year 2 pupils.

More analog, thoughtful, moments standing in some virtual landscapes ~ Virtual landscapes so real you could touch the wind, sense the mystery, scent the intrigue, feel the wonder …and BE THERE.

Taking the time to stand still, to ponder, contemplate, question, and challenge, our thoughts, is something we don’t often feel we have time for in a learning context. But, it is invaluable. Sit quietly for fifteen seconds and it can seem like an age. Fill that time with thoughtful consideration and you can “achieve miracles in moments” as a wise man once said.

Developing the confidence to share ideas, in an open discussion format, with a whole class, means we can build those moments of quietness in to a stream of ideas. It takes modelling, but builds an ethos of sharing, and caring for the ideas of others. Finding the right time to drip your idea in meanse that, subliminally, you might be picking up ideas from those around you.

Thank you to Katie Pyle, for reflecting on the principle here:

I began the day sceptical. So many children in the same room, excited, nervous and trying to please the teachers and Mr.Rylands. I was intrigued how you were going to manage their excitement and behaviour without inviting.. “hands up”!

Today I watched as two classes learnt, within an hour, how to give their ideas without pointing to the ceiling.

The confidence that grew in the children throughout the hour was obvious! They rapidly learnt the ability to extend their answers without limiting to just the question asked. The children weren’t restricted by the answer in their head and, instead, HAD to listen to the responses going on around them.

The result… a room full of engaged children, taking turns and continuing each others ideas.

I can’t wait to try it with my class and have seen the value “first hand”.

Nice one Katie. They did SO well, didn’t they, and it carried on the nurturing of an atmosphere where talking, and sharing ideas, in such a fluid way, can be developed even more. Well done all, and thank you again, to Mary Driver, her colleagues, visiting friends, and children, for a very special full on day.

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  1. Fiona Pearce says:

    Day two….. still in awe, still inspired. Today I became both observer and learner. I witnessed children learning “life long learning skills” which will promote a natural thirst and hunger for extending their vocabulary. The active approach, social dimension and very hands on participation by all those present made me wish I was now back in primary school as a young learner.

    I have always believed in ICT supporting education allowing creativity, communication and active learning. Excitedly, after these sessions, I know ICT can motivate, capture, tantalize, energize and engage the minds of even the most reluctant of learners.

    Miracles can happen and with the tools I have come away with from the sessions I hope to help create and support a few literacy miracles in class too.

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Fiona
    So glad you found some useful things
    Keep in touch and let us know what you try, and how you get on
    Tim and Sarah

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