Dear Danae,

I read what you wrote in your blog today...the two messages being one to myself and the other to our e-Learners and I will admit I did shed a tear- thank you for those kind words.  

We are so very sad to see you go.  You have been an amazing e-Learner who will always strive to succeed. 

As your teacher-facilitator I have so enjoyed your ability to think 'outside the box' and do hope that you will continue to use what you have learnt at home or in the classroom.  

As I mentioned your weebly will be disabled as I will no longer be monitoring your site.  

Good luck in your ventures.  Know that I will always be there for you should need someone when your 'batteries are down'.

Nga manaaki a to tatou Atua ki a koe Danae
Whaea J:)
e-Learners are adding the final touches to their voicethread presentations and starting on their 5 minute videos for the global Life Round Here project.  They are able to use a mix of still and moving images, sound etc. 

22/03 - This is the last week for Life Education and so there are a number of students popping in and out of the ICT suite. We have one student opting not to be with us next Term and a new group of five will be invited in to observe tomorrow.

23/03 - There seems to be a few things happening in the school again today so we will do the best we can.  I am impressed with what information e-Learners are presenting as part of their videos.  With time ticking quickly by we will no doubt spend a bit of time next Term touching up their presentations.
I've just read an article about FIVE Habits of Mind (and the defined success indicators) demonstrated by students who engage in an online environment. 

In my view and to summarise the habit striving for accuracy, it is interesting how after some time, students as e-Learners will demonstrate this mannerism  effortlessly because they know their work is and will be viewed instantaneously by many others both locally and globally.  I guess having  the power and control to personalise information as long as the set criteria has been met is an added bonus for e-Learners.

I've stumbled too on another video called learning and motivation in the 21st century.  Like the habits of mind, it is about preparing students for their future (not our past).  As I am unable to embed the clip, here is the link:
I do believe students as e-learners are becoming more familiar with our class routine and love the pre-thinking activities that result from introducing Tony Ryan's thinkers keys.

This week students are assessing themselves yet again as great thinkers and learners.  We are creating rubrics for weebly tasks, voicethread and their up-coming videos.  I am so looking forward to viewing their final products.

I have used the phrase Karen mentioned, "In a moment but not just yet..." today and it really did have students pausing voluntarily before beginning the task.  I also quoted "never work harder than your students" and four of them enjoyed the 'there are ____ mistakes...can you find them' and C3B4Me approach to work.  Both strategies worked like a charm as students were chuffed with the challenge and being able to ask for a little extra help from others as well.

One thing I learnt about voicethread today is....what you make can be deleted by someone else.  One of my students created an amazing voicethread presentation last week only to find that when she went back to edit it the words 'this voicethread has been deleted by the user' came up.  So I have e-mailed for help.  It seems really odd (more to the point - unsecure) that this sort of thing can happen.

We were left with a class of six this afternoon.  Real quiet in the house and time for 1:1 conferencing and catch-ups:)
During the weekend I had this brainwave (similar to an exercise I carried out with my Y5-Y6 class at EPS) to support the work we have been doing around SMARTS.  Using nine A4 bordered sheets I headed up the different SMARTS on each one.  I then made small name labels (students names in text boxes), placed these onto 3 different coloured post-it notes and laminated both the sheets and name labels. 

It was interesting to know that e-Learners enjoyed being about to place down their THREE preferred SMARTS and see where other e-Learners placed themselves.  As they say 'the proof is in the pudding' as e-Learners were able to articulate what the 'people characteristsics' of each SMART actually are. 

I was fascinated to learn that my 10 Switch On's are simialr to those of others in our Team.  Having a glass of water or getting out for a breath of fresh air are just TWO switch on's that works for me.  Check out my wordle (under the Term 1, 2010 tab) for the other 'eight'. 

I also decided it might be nice to have e-Learners code and rate where they thought the tasks of activities we have covered thus far can be placed on the Inquiry Learning tackle box.  Students were directed into three groups, discussed the tasks at hand and placed tasks on the inquiry learning tackle box accordingly. We then engaged in a whole class discussion about their findings.  Mr More was also invited in to listen to what students thought about the tacklebox.  It was very interesting to hear e-Learners speak about and identify stages of the tackle box frequently being used in their home classrooms.

Today students started the planning process for voicethread and podcasting.  They will be back with their own cameras ready to make and create.  I am so looking forward to what they produce and our open day  as well:)  A very productive and adventurous day had by all:)
Teacher-Facilitator - Back at school after 3 days at the L@S Conference and I've now got a group of students who are having reservations about staying on our team.  This has prompted me to look at myself as their teacher-facilitator and maybe the pace that I have been driving these students at.  I will admit that last week was very full on and I did feel a little stressed at times - I even mentioned that to the group today.

So.... I will revisit my timetable...keep that checklist in front of us.  I will ask for more student voice and really listen to what they have to say.  We only had seven students today as some went to EOTC and so those who were present in the room actually enjoyed the smaller group.  I also began using 1:1 conferencing notebooks and they worked a charm.  Must follow up on those tomorrow:O 

    Paving the Way...

    My Goals for Term 1, 2011

    Self and Well-Being:
    I will record discoveries, insights and inspirational ideas in my reflective blog every week. I will complete one sit in silence meditation session every week.

    Home and Family: I will spend quality time with my family every week.  I will pan a special dinner for my family and I every month.

    Business and Career:  I will set up and continually support a professional learning network.  I will take one weekend off from work every month.

    Community and Humanity:  
    I will do 'one green thing' that will benefit others and or/the planet
    . I will practice three or more random acts of random kindness every week.


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