Monday, July 11, 2016

Assessment Folder 2

For those who don't know, I am aiming for Term 3 to improve the way in which I implement summative assessment each term. One of the ways I am doing this is by storing all my assessment charts in one folder. If you want to read the first post about it and download my other charts, you can see it here

Alphabet - Capital and Lower case

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Alphabet - Capital and Lower case in random order

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Assessment Folder

Wow, has it really been that long since I last posted? This term has been so hectic and I guess finding time out from that has been difficult. I did think I would share some of the things I have been doing. My focus this term has been assessment and a way of managing this with our two classes, which is over 40 students. If you are not familiar with the Intensive English Language Program, each term we are asked to assess each student using a large rubric type document. One for literacy and one for numeracy. Our assessment includes observational, diagnostic, formative and summative. We aim for authentic assessment and my school particularly encourages the inquiry approach. Having said that, there are basic skills that we need to document each term that might not be covered by our inquiry and so we needed to find a way to assess these efficiently.

I started to make assessment charts that are stored in a folder, so when I have a moment, I can individually assess a learner. The 'Possible activities' all link to an outcome in the assessment rubric. These are not sheets that I use for recording. There will be more made so keep and eye out, but the following are available for you to download for use in your classroom. 

Numbers 0-19

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Numbers 1-20

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Numbers 1-100


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Numbers 101-200


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Colours. This was one I didn't think I would have to make but it was very difficult to find any colour charts that did not have the name of the colour printed next to it. 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Maths Journal

One of the suggestions during my Natural Maths training was that as a studio (class) we keep a journal of our numeracy lessons. I have actually found that this works really well with my learners and acts as a quick revision at the start of the each lesson, as we look at what we did the previous lesson. I will be the first to admit, it is just another task that has to be done daily and there are times where I struggle to keep it up to date. I started out making each page quite elaborate last year and it just wasn't sustainable. This year I have simplified the structure with a couple of photos and quick explanation. Sometimes I will glue the photos on and as a group we construct the explanation together. 
I bought this very cheaply from the Reject Shop

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Creating Toy Town

Loosely following the lesson plans from Ann Baker, my students made "Toy Town". They began by making a house for a teddy bear and we progressed to constructing a little town for the rest of our toys. We first brainstormed what types of buildings would be found in a neighbourhood and went from there. You can find the lesson plan in the Ann Baker Natural Maths Strategies: Beginner Level 4-5 Years.
The photos below show the town they made.

Then following another idea from Ann Baker's books, we decided we would draw a map of our Toytown. Mapping was something that was totally new to my students and we will continue with this learning over the year. 

I decided to begin the task, we would make the map together. I put the photo up on the board and we traced around the parts of the map with a whiteboard marker. 

We then turned the projector off and were left with an outline, which the students copied.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A bottle cap resource - Fill in the Missing Numbers

I went to a Jolly Phonics training session a few years ago and there they showed us this wonderful idea of using bottle caps to write letters on them so children can make words. This is a great idea simply because they are durable and if lost, very easily replaced. I have since become a little obsessed with bottle caps and people gladly hand them over. I have taken the idea and used bottle caps to make a "Fill in the missing numbers" game. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Holiday Recount

This week was our first for Term 2 and we constructed a holiday recount. My literacy group are Reception and Year 1 EALD learners. Currently they do not write independently so we started with pictures on Tuesday.

Today, I turned their work into books. Instead of stapling it, I folder a second piece of A3 paper and glued it down the fold in the middle.

I asked children to decorate their front covers with the words "In the Holidays". While they were busy doing that, one on one, we wrote about their pictures.
I asked children to trace over my writing and copy it underneath. Some did this very well and everyone had a go.

If you would like a copy of the writing templates, you can find them here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Free images to use in the Classroom

I prefer to make resources for my learners using photos rather than clipart, however these can be hard to come by for free or low cost. I did happen to stumble across the site today while looking for a new background image for this blog. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see how many free images there were. 

First sign up and you will receive a confirmation email. Once registration is finished, you can search for the subject of photograph you are looking for. 
You will then be taken to the search results page. You can choose to look through them all or click the Free Files tab. There's also Advance Settings on the left to filter results: Order, By Photographer, Date Uploaded etc.
Once you have clicked the image you will see all the details and the photographer. You can then choose the size to download.

It's brilliant! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Using table top space

I have limited space to display work on my walls. I have 2 pin up boards and am not allowed to hang anything directly on the walls. I also have plain white laminate tables, which do not really match the rest of our studio and so I solved both problems. 

I bought the clear plastic from Lincraft but you find it in many places. The plastic has flattened out over time, however you could lay them out in the sun to or use a hair dryer on a low setting to smooth it out.

The students have responded well and asked for their work or photos to be displayed on the tables. They do get dirty still and some students may get creative with the scissors around the edges but I am still happy with the decision.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Our Backyard Role Play Area

This term we are learning about homes. As usual I have been planning with the teacher in the next room and part of her room has been set up as the inside of a house, and I have set up my room as the outside of a house. It is complete with an outdoor setting, plastic dinner set from Ikea, a weber from Kmart ($15) and some fake grass from Bunnings. I have also been busy making some felt food and will endeavour to find some children's aprons. 

Our word wall will be used to display vocabulary and pictures related to homes.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Our first recount of the year

One of the first things we did this week was make a joint picture about our holidays. It was actually interesting watching their interactions and problem solving to enable all students to have space and resources. They did really well and all of my EAL students were able to participate.