No: 205

VT's FREE Newsletter for Educators - Insight, Inspiration and Ideas that Work!
They will learn what they love.

Hello Everyone,
It's been an incredibly busy couple of weeks. Sports Carnivals, Special Days, and Education Week. I hope you all survived.
I have also had some amazingly illuminating moments with kids. When they have themselves explicity spoken about how they learn and what they like.
If you listen they will tell you what they need and how they learn best.
this from a future artist Graphic Designer.
"I need to draw first to get the ideas."
Who would have denied Picasso his right to draw.
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I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. -Marcel Duchamp, artist (28 Jul 1887-1968)
Folks seem to be chatting a lot about differentiation this week. I love activities that have different entry and exit points so that all students are challenged but also weaker students are accomodated. Focusing on just the graded content doesn't cover it, different learning styles also need to be considered. One of my students, a brilliant illustrator, struggling reader and mathmatician profoundly said:
"I need to draw first to get the idea."
He knew how he needed to learn.
So we have set him up with a clipboard, as he listens he illustrates.
"Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of "a new world".
So they organised a school.
They adopted an active curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming, in fact better than his instructors; but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming
in order to practice running. This was kept up until his web feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck..............."
I have always loved this Fable.

Inspiration at your fingertips

The Seaboard GRAND is a radically new musical instrument that
reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface and puts expression back at your fingertips.
Take a look at the website and video
Particularly the Multi track seaboard performance Video
This is an amazing instrument the and begs the question what is a percussion and a string
Google Earth, Explain Everything and the iPad Camera.

I have had a great time this week working on measuring, area, and visualisation.
the kids loved it.
1. Use the trundle wheels to measure the school. Measure the basket ball court, the football field,
the size of the buildings, the toilet block, the distance from your classroom to the
toilets? the hall
and anything else you want to.
2. Record your results in metres. 3. Zoom in on your school using google earth
(or google maps) and take a screen shot on the iPad
4. Open Explain Everything and load the image of your school, set it as a background image.5. Add lines and measurements and labels to your image.
6. Take a photo of yourself and your partner use the lasso tool to crop yourself
out of the background.
7. Press the record button in Explain Everything and Explainhow you did it, move the pictures of yourself and your partner around to help you explain.

And what did the kids say - Fabulous.
They were motivated and engaged and helping each other.
What did the Limestone say to the Geologist?
Don't take me for granite.
these Jokes are great- get your kids to submit some as well.
Geology Kitchen This is a great site - I have mentioned before. Take a look at the video the kids will love it. This week we made the various igneous rocks as described in the video. No one will ever forget what the 3 types of rocks are and everyone enjoyed eating the end result.
"Best experiment ever!"

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