Nearly two weeks since my last post. Things at work have been frantic. Less than a month back at school and we are already talking about our interim reports for after Easter. What do we have to report on? Has the Education Department sent us the subjects we HAVE to report on or can we make a school decision? Oh, no, there are three teachers doing subjects under the heading of ARTS - will there be a collaborative report or will each write their own? I usually help organize the mid year and end of year reports but with the changeover to the Tasmanian Curriculum this year, we will need to find out if we can use the same type of report we have used the last few years. I know I will have to write about Literacy/English which also includes LOTE, Numeracy/Math, History and Health and Well Being which is part of our Social Skills program. Two subjects, though, must be assessed in all other areas and these are ICT and thinking. I wonder how some of the teachers will do this?
I haven’t had time to make comments in other teacher’s blogs but I am glad that I have RSS feeds to at least ten blogs that I can easily read in my Google Reader, so I can find out about what has been happening especially in the USA with all the conferences that have been happening. Julie Lindsay, Vicki Davis and Larry Ferlazzo always have great blogs with lots of interesting information or del.icio.us links to look at.
I have also started my history class on a wikispace about our community. As we have never used this form of Web 2.0 technology, it is a learning experience for both myself and the students. As well as the history wikispace, our grade 6/7 team is doing our planning for our Social skilling program on a wiki. Again, a great learning opportunity. I have had two of the staff actually add information to it. I know it will be successful when most of the staff had added their bit of wisdom to the discussions.
Finally, the smartboard is now permanently set up in the room. Some students will be writing a post for our classroom blog about this momentous event in our room. A couple of students were reporters and photographers for the day while the board was being set up. They interviewed the workers and took some digital photos to use in their blog post.