Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn, Pontypridd, South Wales ~ Day 2

| September 16, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn

Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn

A second day at Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn and a pair of lessons with children from across the age range.

One of the elements we looked at, were ways of communicating, as a class, often without hands up.

Putting your hand up can often act like putting a cork in a bottle. Nothing comes out and nothing else goes in.

How many times have we asked a child, who has their hand up, for their idea, only to find them shaking their head, grin sheepishly, and admit that they have forgotten what they were going to say?

Children can “switch off” with their hands pointing at the ceiling.

By modeling ways of organising, contributing to, and taking part in a group discussion, children begin to listen more attentively too, so that they can find the right point to add their thought. This means that the ideas of those around them start to matter and form part of their contribution.

Investigating different methods of handling a group “hands-free” discussion, the children today were soon listening to the offerings of their classmates more attentively, and, when they found the right time to contribute, their interjections were more expressive, and responsive to what had gone before.

We discussed the different visual and auditory clues we can give each other that we are about to speak or that it is O.K. for the other person to continue. What an incredible positive impact this has on the flow of a lesson.

Thank you to all of the staff and children involved in today. Don’t listen when people say “Put a cork in it!” There ain’t no stopping your flow now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Elise Evans says:

    Thank you ever so much Tim and Sarah for another awe inspiring day! My class were engaged and really excited when I showed them that I already have MYST! Keep up your amazing work๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Collette Morton says:

    Thank you so much for the magic you have sprinkled over Heol Y Celyn today! From mrs Morton x

  3. Charlotte jones says:

    An inspiring and interesting 2 days. All children were engaged and achieved. At the end they wanted to come back and write more!

  4. Elise Evans says:

    A few teachers have already tried some of your ideas in class today with great success! My kids are insisting I refer to their pens and pencils as ‘scribble sticks’ Thank you once again x

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