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Anna Rose
Bradford, UK
Magpie image used with Sally Elford's permission
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It definitely feels legitimate - given the learners' reaction to it. I love using their own writing as reading texts as it creates a real buzz once they realise that it's their own content or their peers. The topics are exactly tailored to fit their interests. To increase the level of the text your Live Reading approach is a great way to add some more challenging vocab or structures to what is essentially their own content. I've actually used previous Live Readings and co-created texts as reading texts for other classes and it always works so much better than a text that is more removed from them. That's my perspective on it anyway :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2011 on Exploring the write to read at Learning Twigs
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No worries it happens! Seems to be if the plant takes longer than about 10 minutes to make. Thanks so much for all your encouragement!! :-)))
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2011 on Playing with plants... at Magpie Moments
Thanks guys for all your comments - I was also very relieved :-) and no Sandy I haven't seen the new blog but will definitely check it out thanks for the info! :-)
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Image used with the generous permission of Sally Elford So this post is a confession of sorts. When I first entered the online world of blogs I knew very little about copyright and rules around using images. I came up with the title for my blog, went to google images... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Magpie Moments
Thanks Naomi - missed you too - I think the key for me is to try to post less often but more regularly so I don't end up feeling like blogging is taking over my life! Really glad to be back too and looking forward to another year reading about your experiences and getting your insight into mine :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on October Optimism... at Magpie Moments
Thanks David it's encouraging to hear that's how you started out too! Lol the chances of us getting ipads are very slim indeed. Perhaps a projector is what I should aim for! Will definitely show it to the learners and may there be many more to come :-) Dave - I'm glad I started again too - it got a bit overwhelming - I think the key is probably to pace myself and try to post less but more regularly! Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun with your gardening - a school wiki sounds interesting. We've just lost funding for our VLE so trying to think of cheap alternatives for my groups at the moment. Thanks for the encouragement :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Playing with plants... at Magpie Moments
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Came back after my lesson today to discover something seriously exciting! David Warr of Language Garden fame has just released his plant maker - along with a challenge to review a lesson and make the highlights into a plant. So, the above plant is some of the words we came... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Magpie Moments
Thanks David - it's very encouraging to hear about your experience. It's not so much the intensity of the courses that concerns me. It's putting a range of learners from those who cannot read or write the alphabet to those who can discuss politics or the environment in the same class. I realise differentiation is important but with such a diversity of needs I felt the classes would quickly descend into little more than workshops. The loss of class cohesion was what worried me. However, we now have reached a compromise whereby the first batch will be Early Entry 2s, Early Entry 3s and E1s (pre-starter, starter and beginner for the EFLers) which will certainly require differentiation but is much more manageable! Definitely looking forward to trying it out though as, like you say, there's definitely a different dynamic to an intense course. Thanks for stopping by. Really nice to "see you" again after such a long break! :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2011 on October Optimism... at Magpie Moments
Love it! Love how simple it all is and yet how effective. Those curved boxes are a revelation. As is how easy it is to create a picture effect. I never realised that. Microsoft Word has always felt like a bit of a mystery to me outside of the normal word processing elements. So nice to see how it's possible to make things easy on the eye. Great stuff looking forward to the next instalment :-)
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Thanks so much Jason - your comments have made my day! Will check out that next tutorial soon - the first one was really empowering - as was the creative process. There's not many people out there who would share as much as you do so freely and with so much enjoyment. Please don't ever underestimate the impact you have and once again thank you! :-))) Adam well that is a compliment. I know how many Bradfordians feel about the city so I'm glad I helped make the phrase seem a little less paradoxical ;-p I've been to Ilkley a few times - I think it's really pretty. I love the moors and rocks up by the Cow and Calf. I think the whole area is seriously underrated and that's long before you get to Haworth and Bronte country! But I can see how repeated disappointment led to less than good memories. Still I have a lot of hope for Bradford. Thanks for stopping by :-)
Hey thanks and thanks for the instant response and encouragement - it's nice to know my absence was noticed. Blogging got a bit overwhelming on top of everything else ( we are also currently renovating a house which takes every spare second, evening and weekend ) I've been catching up with your blog and very excited about some of your latest ideas, posts and videos. Very much looking forward to this year and hope to see you around. Thank you :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2011 on October Optimism... at Magpie Moments
Image by namraf I love my city. I love it. We moved here five years ago when I married a Bradfordian. The city has sometimes had a bad rep. Many people associate it with the race riots of 2001 not realising how far the city has come in the decade... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Magpie Moments
Image by Muffet It's been a while and I do apologise for that to anyone who still finds their way here amongst all the September flurry and excitement. It's been a difficult few months for me professionally as we fought to maintain our teaching programme amidst funding changes, funding cuts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Magpie Moments
All credit goes to that session with Charlotte :-) I would never have come up with it on my own! No... I finish teaching next week... I am still in quite a bit though throughout the summer :-/ How about you?
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2011 on Creating Readers - Mahfuza's Day at Magpie Moments
Aahh I wish... would love to but haven't been organised enough this year! Looks like it's going to be good though :-)
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2011 on Creating Readers - Mahfuza's Day at Magpie Moments
Naomi! It's like you read my mind. My follow up post is how we did this together. Missed you too... and the rest of the blogging world. Had a hectic few weeks but it's exams now so got a bit of time to blog and read around :-) Thanks so much for sticking with me despite my inconsistent posting!!
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2011 on Using readers - Rima's Day at Magpie Moments
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One of the most useful CPD sessions I ever attended was a really fun book making technique that Charlotte Haenlein taught at the 2009 NATECLA conference. Book making is a great lesson in its own right and it also happens to meet a piece of portfolio criteria, following instructions, which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Magpie Moments
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It never ceases to amaze me how much absolute beginners love to read books. When I bring in a pile of kids books they will quite happily choose one, look at the pictures and attempt to decode the language. Whilst this is fun for a while they are definitely limited... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at Magpie Moments
Wahoo :-D Excellent news...
Toggle Commented May 30, 2011 on The fork in the road at Learning Twigs
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Thanks David :-) I love hearing the stories learners come up with. Especially ones that think they have no imagination. For example one group produced a ticket that gave them free access to their exams - it ended well - they all passed :-p
Hey Naomi, Once again I find myself reading your comments and being impressed by just how original and refreshing your encouragement always is :-) It makes such a difference! :-))) Anna
Hi Sandy Very welcome... thanks for linking back ;-p I think your blog is such a good idea! I would never have come up with the lesson if I hadn't spent a few minutes looking at that ticket image on your blog. It's my favourite thing when an idea sparks like that and your blog provides the perfect stimulus :-) Thanks for your lovely comment. Anna
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Often tickets are used for very practical activities in classrooms like role-plays etc… which is great. However, after seeing a ticket on Sandy Millin’s wonderful infinite ideas website a few creative ideas were sparked in my head. I’ve posted there as well but really like the Teaching Unplugged framework. After... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Magpie Moments
Hi Mike Thank you... I genuinely did gain such a lot from your encouragement and down-to-earth comments. Yeah still struggling with the volunteering idea but I've got a few more contacts that I'm going to try tomorrow so we'll see how it goes. Will try and keep an update running on how I get on with sticking to my goals ;-p Had a much better time with them this last week so feeling more optimistic again. Thanks! :-)
Thanks Naomi... yours and others' understanding has certainly been a lot more significant for me than I ever expected. You're welcome re the link - right post at the right time - certainly for me :-) Yeah gotta love flickr and the generous people who share their photos!!