Archive for October 24th, 2014

Kaizena

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments 

Kaizena logoThanks to Shireen for the nudge towards Kaizena, which she is going to use as a feedback tool with her students this year (especially for a writers workshop).

Kai·zen:A Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement.
Save time while providing high quality feedback on student work.

Downsview Community Primary, Swanley ~ Day 2

| October 24, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Downsview Community Primary

Downsview PrimaryGreat, to be back for a second day, and a day of INSET, at Downsview Community Primary School, Swanley, joined by colleagues from St Mary’s C of E VA Primary, Hextable Primary, West Kingsdown CE Primary, Amherst SchoolHigh Firs Primary, St Paul’s CEP School and Horizon Primary Academy.

A huge thank you again to Duncan Edwards, headteacher of Downsview Primary School for hosting today’s event.

Our digital days, working alongside teachers, all over the place, have become SO fast, and down~to~the~second FULL, that they are almost impossible to describe now. Things have grown, and developed, as elements have grown, and developed, in the world of the web, and the experiences gathered over the last few years, mean that a whole story has grown, and builds through the day.

Today, at pace, through building a progression to support the introduction of these ideas, we looked at inspiring, accessible tools and ideas, for raising the level of writing, speaking and listening, and creativity in children of all ages.

One aspect, had roots from a few years ago, (and the days when we were almost resident here in Kent) but, oh, how it’s grown: An exploration of virtual worlds, Web2.0 and visual literacy elements, and how they have had a huge impact on raising children’s confidence and collaboration, across the creative curriculum. The games based aspects remain crucial, and powerful, but it’s what they are accompanied by that takes it in different directions.

Using, and creating, relevant, engaging resources, to motivate, and enthuse, children of all ages and abilities.

A huge thank you to both of you for a brilliant two days at Downsview…I have already received several emails from HTs at the other local schools telling me how inspired the staff that attended are and how creative they’re feeling…all very positive and just what we wanted! Down to you guys, many thanks!

Duncan Edwards, Headteacher