Posted on Friday 21 November 2014 by banquet
These competencies — known as 21st-century skills — are summed up as the “4Cs”).
They include the following:
Students are able to work effectively with diverse groups and exercise flexibility in making compromises to achieve common goals.
Students are able to generate and improve on original ideas and also work creatively with others.
Students are able to communicate effectively across multiple media and for various purposes.
Students are able to analyze, evaluate, and understand complex systems and apply strategies to solve problems.
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Posted on Wednesday 5 November 2014 by banquet
Maths concepts can be taught mentally very well and without textbooks until about 12 years old.
times tables – rap rote, skip counting … also division
Rolling dice and getting him to visualise the number rather than counting them individually.
mental arithmetic is excellent :: if i have this many and you eat this many … how many left?
Use fingers to show patterns, skip jumping/counting, read stories with maths concepts in them, read recipes.
Make a pizza pie together, make symmetrical patterns with toppings? and teach basic ideas of fractions. 1/2 pie – 2 pieces the same size …
MEASUREMENT (give them a real tape measure at 5/6 yo, with the OSH talk)
tape measure – arms, legs, strides; door posts, table height, step treads, etc ..
How long is your thumb in centimetres? how long is your cubit? stride? doorway
estimation … sensible answer?
How many wheels on those 3 trucks and 4 cars …? How many legs on those bugs …?
gardening, planting, design …
patterns and series, eg diff types of leaves, 10×10 (100 block) colour in …
map / atlas reading – note scale, NESW, distances/time, latitude / longitude, poles …
bus timetables – how long to go from A > B… every how many minutes …
for fun, learn to count to twelve or twenty in 5 different languages
draw shapes w/ruler, pencil, protractor, and compass
Big and Bigger numbers : what does 1000 look like? 1,000,000 …
consider big counting questions. How many chickens killed every day in NZ/the USA? How many trees in a particular forest? How many glasses of water before a particular water reservoir runs out?
Keep mathematics as an everyday part of life. The siloing (isolating or separating off) of maths and other disciplines is what sucks the joy, discovery, and relevance out of them. http://learning-reimagined.com/conrad-wolfram-maths-reimagined/
Of course you could use YouTube and Textbooks, but keep the interest and fun factor high.
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Posted on Wednesday 11 June 2014 by banquet
“Stand and Deliver”
Topic is chosen – timekeeper selects adjective and noun or short phrase
(maybe contributed to by other speakers in group)
Speaker stands up, ready to be given topic by timekeeper
Once topic is given, speaker has 15 seconds to think of an outline, then has 60 seconds to speak.
Timekeeper ‘tings’ when time is up and speaker stops.
Feedback : first comment is general and positive (pick out one good thing),
1-3 comments of improvement/to work on,
finish feedback with 1-3 positive comments and encouragements for future.
Connect with the audience – smile, speak their language on a topic they can relate to
Careful with “throat clearing” activities just before you start speaking, eg. um…, well…, fiddling with papers, not looking calm and collected
Connect the ideas within your talk
Give details, be specific – think 5 Senses
Inject gentle joy and humour
Hold out your book (in one hand, if possible) so the top of it is below the level of your chin
Relax, smile, and use some eye contact
No affectation or pommie/plummie accent
Be slow and purposeful
Open your mouth, use your lips
“nice round vowel sounds”
Use phrasing to help meaning
Project your voice from back of throat
“superb sage sausages searing in the sizzling seas”
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Posted on Tuesday 28 May 2013 by banquet
words or text in to shapes from this blog. Tagxedo is free
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Posted on Thursday 23 May 2013 by banquet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk0R7X1rigg (3 min 36)
I’m putting things I really want to keep on this blog. Bo.lt is breaking up and closing down; Facebook stuff gets lost in the news feed.
Be blessed by Chuck Girard’s rendition of Psalm 5. Worship the God of our morning and our days.
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Posted on Saturday 10 November 2012 by banquet
Now for something different from me …
Potted plants can be a quick way to colour your world. But can be time-consuming and messy.
This idea I saw a glimpse of in a gardening show on television – and can’t find a trace of it online.
A cheat for a non-gardener or a time-conscious gardener …
You buy your plants in pots – perennials or annuals, no matter.
In your garden, sink the ubiquitous empty plant pots (of same or slightly bigger size as those you buy) to lip level in your garden, then place your current outside pot plants in to these pots.
Next year, just lift the old pot plants out and put in the new – with no fuss, no mess!
How easy is that. Now all I need are some photos to illustrate this.
[Feb 2013 – found this] :
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Posted on Saturday 3 November 2012 by banquet
So, I’ve just deleted the Bookmark button to Facebook and will try to stay away from there until December 1.
I hope I do better than the Milk-Free Week I tried a few weeks ago. In that case, I did become more mindful of the huge number of things I eat with milk products in them! I failed more than once but did not give up trying until the week was out.
I have Pinterest (less time-consuming and it raises my spirit with beauty and creativity) and a couple of WordPress accounts – it’s not like I’m going cold turkey off the internet.
Here’s some videos that helped to bring about this change:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmre4SeWunk&feature=related – Close your Facebook account
http://youtu.be/ZGEQmFL9McU ~ Truth Never Told – interesting 13 minute commentary * * *
As with all addictions, I need to consciously plan to change habits and to use time more constructively.
What comes to my mind?
- play board games with my children more than one night a week,
- read more,
- meditate on God’s Word (Bible),
- chat with my husband before 10 pm,
- deep clean my room,
- socialise with friends,
- type up recipes and update recipe book.
… got any other ideas?
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