We’ve been looking at the structure of a Recount using the PM Exemplar Big Book, and it’s really helping my 5&6 year olds develop their ideas and sequence events. When you look at these samples, some have written a title, made a good attempt at sequencing and added a personal comment at the end. I’m very pleased with their writing, and more importantly their love of writing. I’ve got to remember that these are young writers in their first year of formal education in Australia. This is independent writing.
I’m not into advertising, but when I find a great resource I think it needs to be shared. My new ‘fav’ is the PM Exemplars for Teaching Writing Big Books. I’ve recently purchased this book (Level 1) for each Prep grade. This week I used the Recount as a teaching focus and scaffold. Many of my Preps need to structure their writing, as they are writing 4 to 5 sentences. I’ll be using this book each week to extend my student’s writing and to introduce new genres. I’m a visual learner, so I’ve posted a number of pictures to show the contents.
‘The PM Writing Exemplars for Teaching Writing are large format books designed to help teachers model the conventions of written language in whole-class and small-group sessions. The books provide the initial introduction to each text type, presenting and deconstructing exemplars of the 9 text types taught across the 4 levels.The Exemplars for Teaching Writing form the start of the PM Writing suggested teaching pathways. The material presented in these books is reinforced through use of the Interactive Writing Pro Formas and Student Books. Each exemplar text is presented over three double-page spreads.’ NELSON CENGAGE Learning
I hope you’re enjoying the new look of my blog, it was time for a change!
Today was the official launch of the Ultranet and despite not being able to log in for any length of time, we still had a full day of learning. Completing the treasure hunt using the Ultranet teacher’s manual went well… and showing the video, ‘The Ultranet in Plain English’ was fantastic – such a clever, explicit and visual teaching tool.
Our staff completed a ‘Headline’ reflection activity after our morning session and I’ve included samples. They were asked to provide a Headline – (short text) for today’s newspaper. We watched a number of videos, and completed another treasure hunt using the training modules instead of online. Some teachers were able to access the Ultranet and quickly ‘got the hang of’ using some of the tools. I was impressed with what they were able to do in such a short time.
There were a number of prizes throughout the day, which were particularly sought after. I’ve included pictures – the Ultranet tribe tattoo arm sleeve. As a staff, we ventured into FUSE – visited wikis and played with Voki. Voki was used for our final reflection (hilarious). Actually having the time to explore these sites was excellent… and we also enjoyed a fantastic Indian lunch.
It was a pleasure to spend the day with my colleagues, and despite the obvious problems, they were engaged and enthusiastic.
The big day for Victorian teachers is tomorrow, with the official release of the Ultranet. Here is an excellent video which explicitly explains the Ultranet in ‘plain English’. This is a huge step forward for Victoria, Australia… and is the start of a very long journey. This is the journey we need to have!
Today, my Teacher Professional Leave partner Jenni and I were invited to a Dr. Richard Elmore workshop on Instructional Rounds. This was absolutely fabulous and Jenni and I will post about the workshop in the Instructional Rounds ning soon, but it’s not why I’m writing this post. Today reaffirmed why I blog, ning and Twitter… and now Ultranet-ing. There is no doubt in my mind that these are great places to develop professional relationships. Someone said to me recently that you can’t build professional relationships on the net. I disagree!
Today Jenni and I were sitting having lunch with Dr. Richard Elmore (I’ll drop that one in) when we saw this principal. I was sure it was Mark Walker, a principal who has been a wonderful supporter of the Instructional Rounds ning. He saw us… and the connection was made. I was amazed by the instant familiarity Jenni and I had with Mark. Having read Mark’s blog, wiki and collaborated within the Instructional Rounds ning there was sense of already knowing him. It was great to meet up with Mark, and reaffirmed why I connect with educators in Australia and globally (many whom I will never meet), to share and collaborate with.
To Mark, it was great to finally meet you and we really appreciate your support!
Cheers Nina (and Jenni)
I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time! Having just spent my second day training as a Lead User for the Ultranet, my confidence has grown and my vision for using this space for teaching and learning is expanding rapidly. It will take time to become totally familiar with all the applications, but navigating this site is logical. Loving the icons! It does, however, seem to time out every now and then, but I’m sure that will be addressed when it’s updated. Of particular interest to me is the Design & Collaborative Learning spaces. For those out there who are concerned, this is not beyond any educator. Take your time and access people who can help you ‘one on one’ if needed.