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 managed to create the Mindmap below, listing some of the strategies mentioned in the book.