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  1. Goals for 2014

    January 10, 2014 by Mrs Hurley

    Inspired by Stefanie over at Miss Galvin Learns, I have decided to set some goals for 2014. (see her original post here) I have really started looking forward to the coming year with my new younger kiddies.

    My passion for teaching has been reignited for a number of reasons for this coming year, which I won’t go into for fear of getting too personal. If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll be getting some idea of why.

    Like Stefanie, I will spread out my goals over a number of posts (hopefully not too many!) so I can explore in further detail.

    So, without further ado, I present:

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    Goal Number One: Be more consistent with feedback and assessment

    This is something that I’ve never been fantastic with. Usually, I just cannot be bothered writing comments in individual books (this may also be due to the fact that I have team-taught for the past 2 years). It takes a long time, right? It’s hard to think of individual comments when my stomach is rumbling because I’m late to the staff room for lunch! Verbal feedback I can do – I’m also a very fast talker so it takes even less time for me! – and I do regularly. It’s easier for me to tell my students where they need to improve or what they’ve done well in a task than it is to hand write comments.

    This is where it pays to work smarter, not harder. Easier said than done, right?

    I plan to use Google Apps for Education as much as possible during the year. I love the comment function – I can leave feedback for students AS they work on something. Eventually, we will probably use Google Sites for student digital portfolios – perhaps to even showcase their Genius Hour projects – and so being able to leave feedback at my own time, wherever I may be. And also, typing is much easier than handwriting!

    As far as assessment goes, I’m hoping to create some easy to fill in forms using the Kustom Note app so that I can fill in little details and send those forms straight to my Evernote folder for each individual student. (If you haven’t downloaded this app, get onto it! Have a play around and download some free templates.) Otherwise, I have the option of using checklists within Evernote for whole class assessment. With the help of my iPad, I’m going to aim to have some sort of anecdotal notes on each student at least once a week. I’ve heard that this will make report writing time a breeze!

    Big ambitions, hey? I know I have the best intentions of being organised this year and usually it falls by the wayside. I’ll be the first to admit that my head was not really in the game last year and my efforts were being concentrated elsewhere.

    THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT! I WILL BE ORGANISED. I WILL PROVIDE TIMELY AND RELEVANT FEEDBACK. I WILL ASSESS ONGOING-ly. (Ongoingly? As I go? I like my made up word better!)

    What are your goals for 2014? How do you provide feedback? How do you assess your students ongoingly?


  2. Being Connected

    October 3, 2013 by Mrs Hurley

    I am feeling a little small and insignificant today. In my chatting with other educators at last night’s Teach Meet (Thanks @charte – had a great time!) I mentioned that I had only attended one other Teach Meet before. Thinking about it, I would never had heard of Teach Meet in the first place had I not joined Twitter a few months ago. I can’t actually remember when I joined, I think it was the Easter holidays this year. Does anyone know how I can find out? I’m curious.

    Anyway, it got me to thinking. I saw a lot of teachers last night who had given up their own time on their holidays to further their knowledge in Education. Although last night’s crowd was mostly younger (Margo said it, not me!) surely a lot of attendees would have kids and families at home? Yet they still make the time and effort to travel – some even from the country! – to listen to a bunch of other teachers talking and learning from their peers.

    Many teachers are constantly making the efforts to improve their teaching and to improve the education, knowledge and lives of the students that they teach. When I first joined Twitter, I couldn’t and still can’t believe the amount of teachers and educators on Twitter who are so willing to share and engage in meaningful conversations.

    Having a Twitter account is  like having your own school and who you follow is like choosing your staff. Your Twitter feed is like listening to conversations in the staffroom. I just love that you get to choose which ones to tune into and participate in!

    But what of teachers who aren’t on Twitter? Or connected in any other way? How important is it to be a connected educator? Tom Whitby has written extensively on the subject. One such post can be found here. He explains himself much better than I do, so I highly recommend you head over and have a read!

    How are you connected? What are the benefits for you personally? What are the benefits for your classroom?


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