A while ago, I saw a fantastic Ted Talk on how to give engaging presentations and I decided to make this mindmap to preserve the information in an easy to access format. It’s a great mindmap to glance over before giving a presentation, as it reminds you of a lot of the fundamental stuff you should be bearing in mind, if you want to reach your audience.
Full Page MindMap Link
Ted Talk Link
The beginning of Term 4
The 4th term was reserved for getting ready for final presentations and the presentations themselves. They happened on Monday the 23rd of October and we used about two and a half hours to get all the presentations done. It turned out to be a fun event, with an atmosphere of inquisitiveness and celebration. All in all, for the entire 20% time project, we used around 25 lessons of class time (+-20 hours). Some students used only this class time, however some of the best projects used considerable amounts of the students own free time.
Highlights Video of the whole process – 2nd half dealing with the presentations
Reflections by Students and the Teacher who organised it
Final Debrief after Presentations
Feedback after we had completed
Why it’s useful
All schools need to be thinking constantly about professional development for their entire staff. The Google offerings are extensive, free and have an active community of teachers / educators/ administrators behind them. This is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to get their school moving in the direction of effective professional development. From personal experience I can highly recommend the materials that have been put together. They are all based on current educational research and have been put together with the spirit of fun and inquiry that Google seems to approach all its work with.
I stumbled across this book a while back and was struck by what a nicely collated collection of activities, games and methods it was, especially for a teacher who is trying to make their classroom active as opposed to passive. It’s real value is in it’s simplicity and grouping of activities by topic , it’s a great thing to glance at , to give you a creative spark for your lesson.
I recently read a fantastic book that I am going to refer back to as I design my future learning engagements. It was well researched and easy to read. And it does a great job of highlighting how much the structural elements of the brain are always at play when learning is happening.
The 11 brain rules mentioned can be summarized into the following subsections:
If you are involved in learning or education then this book really is a must read!
I am always on the lookout for great educational content that can be repurposed. This booklet clearly took an enormous amount of time to put together and the rigour with which it was assembled is staggering. It is a fantastic example of designing an educational resource & experience to the highest possible standard.
My thinking is that this booklet could be a rich starting point for any number of project based learning initiatives. With my particular focus being on Mathematics. I will add to this post in future as I begin to unpack the potential of the resource in my classroom.
This is a great site if you are looking to improve your general thinking skills, through solving problems in Maths & Science.
Hans Rosling & Visualising Data
This is still one of my favourite videos for understanding why Visuals can make a huge difference in translating Data into meaningful information. With the abundance of Data now being captured about our lives – I think there are some wonderful School Mathematics Projects just waiting to be done by inquisitive students.