Self regulation

So a whole bunch of stuff has been GOING ON. I’ve been attending Back to Front Maths PD with Tierney Kennedy, I’ve learned about assessment with Dr Michelle Cafini and the IB. Our class list has gone from 27 to 28 again. It’s report time. I’ve started bullet journalling. And today I learned about self regulation strategies. Cos I ain’t got enough going’ on, right? Did I mention reports are due? Today?

Why not write a blog post? That seems like appropriate use of my non-existent time. Sure.

In truth, I’m writing these blog posts non-stop in my head. I can’t help it, once a blogger, always a blogger. Somehow I’m just not getting fingers to the keys much these days. Huh.

I picked up a lot of strategies at this Learning 4 All conference today with Jo Buttfield. That lady sure does know some stuff! Jo is an OT with Kid Sense – a private provider of Occupational Therapy And Speech Pathology based in Adelaide, Australia.

I want to write a post about my learning today, just so I can get these ideas straight in my head. Here goes… Continue reading “Self regulation”

Who We Are… making inquiry global

the best teachers are those who tell you where to look but don't tell you what to see{buy this print – not sponsored}

Last week we continued our inquiry into Who We Are by adding a global perspective. After finding out about who we are and who our friends are, it was time for this class of five year olds to find out about children from around the world. That’s a pretty big concept for these kiddos!

We used a beautiful photography book called “Where Children Sleep” by James Mollison to hook into what we notice and what we wonder. Continue reading “Who We Are… making inquiry global”

Stop, collaborate and listen

Stop Collaborate and Listen

You’re singing along to Vanilla Ice now, right? My bad.

Three things that I have tried hard to focus on since our Partnership’s professional development with Martin Westwell are trying to Stop, Collaborate and Listen. Or otherwise referred to as slow it down, collaborate and become noticers.

For the five year olds learning in my classroom these strategies seem especially important and relevant.

I recently adapted a learning task for our new inquiry into Who We Are to incorporate some of the creative thinking for intellectual stretch strategies that I learned. Here’s what changed: Continue reading “Stop, collaborate and listen”

Executive Function in the Early Years

Executive Function in the Early Years(original image source)

Executive function is a pretty rad set of skills that help us all to control our impulses, make use of working memory, stay focussed and pay attention, make a plan, stick to a plan, make decisions, prioritise and more. You can see how any deficit in this skill set is going to create big issues in the young people in our classrooms, right? That’s why we need some strategies to help support this precious brain development in students.

The great news is that executive functioning skills can be developed at any age. It’s never too late! Yay for our fantastic, plastic brains! p.s. if you’re looking for an awesome book to read with kids about their brains, check this out.

I don’t know about you, but I have students who: Continue reading “Executive Function in the Early Years”

Get Comfortable with Not Knowing

get comfortable with not knowing

I got down and dirty in the classroom today. I tried changing how I teach. And it was HARD. Change is hard. I felt myself wanting to retreat back into my comfortable old teaching practices. The ones that I knew would be ‘successful’ or easy. Instead of doing that, I did what I ask my students to do every day. I pushed through the discomfort and I kept trying.

Don’t get me wrong. I change my teaching practice A LOT. I love learning new ways of doing things and giving them a go. Some things stick and somethings don’t. Sometimes change and learning comes easily and sometimes it means diving deep into the learning pit.

the learning pit

I reflected with a co-worker later in the day, someone who I often bounce ideas off and get a lot of inspiration from. As she walked away at the end of our chat she threw her arms in the air and said “get comfortable with not knowing!”.

Aha.

After all, unless we are comfortable with not knowing, how will we ever begin to question? Don’t we need to give in to vulnerability if we’re going to grow, learn, change?

And that’s exactly what this blog is. Me, not knowing, and getting damn comfortable with it.

Do you embrace not knowing? Tell me about it.