20th last day: Today’s realisation: rather than ask students questions, ask students to construct questions to ask other students to answer. The learning focus changes.
22nd last day: it’s pure coincidence that the terrible NSW bushfires occurred on the day I guided my students to write bushfire poems. After analyzing Les Murray’s ‘Late Summer Fires’ poem, they wrote their own. In 10 minutes. I have 44 fantastic bushfire poems from 13 year olds who told me last week they couldn’t write poetry.
Photo idea: use photos to assist kids to write descriptive imagery. Simple, I know. But effective, whatever the subject. In this case they didn’t share ideas until they were finished – I think privacy triggered creativity and ownership of the text.
23rd last day: Today I asked some burning questions and came home with a clutch of descriptive, authentic bushfire poems. Ecstatic!
Photo idea: reflection. So important for learning (and teaching). Use a generic reflection picture (trees reflected in a river) or of people as a visual cue to students that it’s reflection time. Individual student reflection portraits for journal title page or reflective blog posts.
26th last day: teaching felt a little more natural today – I know the students better and feel more sure of my place in the classroom. I took this pic leaving school. Better differentiation is my main focus this week – learning is not black and white.