What have I used in the classroom today?
1) Year 3&4 - quiz creation.
There is nothing that gets the classes that I teach me or excited than Kahoot! It doesn't matter if they are KS1 or KS5 the reaction is the same. Today, my year 3&4 's were set a task to extend their comprehension skills through the development of an individual quiz. The quiz was based on the Mayan's...an ancient civilisation that one wouldn't necessarily have any experience or knowledge of. Their influence however on society today was huge huge and has stood the test of time.
Firstly, the class has to download their template resources form Showbie it now takes no time at all to 'open in ' another app to edit and amend scaffolded and differentiated work. This time the checklist was in Numbers. This however was essentially a literacy based lesson, so using a spreadsheet to plan was quite new to the students. This re-imagined task required sourced facts for the multiple choice answers for the quiz as in order to 'fool' the audience plausible answers needed to be used.
2) Year 1 - today the class worked on re-imagining their digital artwork and assessing their work using green screen. The short movies they made as a collaborative task were looked at again in order that they could individually decide how they want to improve and develop their work further. All too often in the understandably busy classroom, it's easier to make life simple and take the thinking element away from the task. Decision making is hard. Choices whether to listen and act on instructions need to be taught and this takes energy and focus. If the path to the 'right' answer is always simplified or made too easy then the thinking process is diluted and our students expect someone to always be there to help them. That's not to say that I don't help or assist if a child misunderstands. But I do try and phrase my response to a question that just requires a little deeper thought, so that the child does the thinking...and not me. "What do you think you should do? " is better than "what you need to do is". The self reflection was recorded in Showbie as a voice note as it was instant and captured the essence of the thought process, whether stuttered, confident or prompted. The essential part then is to allow for the refining process to take place and for the student to celebrate the changes made and that the student took ownership of their learning. The Early years teachers strive hard to instil such worthwhile charcteristics and are often successful in developing the essential self reliance needed in the classroom.