1. Desiree Finestone

    My group of Grade 4 kids were reading books in small groups. They were reading some parts aloud, some silently, predicting, creating questions, answering each others questions, linking images to text, connecting to themselves, comparing to other texts, discussing characters, setting etc etc… all the things we all do to help our students develop better literacy skills. I noticed some kids were losing focus and becoming distracted. I realised they needed something more in order to engage. Kids love presenting plays. On impulse, I asked them to create a play from the text they were reading. We are currently learning about quotation marks, so this linked in perfectly. They could choose their own characters, voices, accents, create simple props etc. End result would be presenting to the whole class. Excitement charged the air. Everything changed. Suddenly quotation marks had a new interest! They all found their own roles with zero (or minimal) teacher intervention. Stronger readers took the lead and supported struggling readers. Creative people designed the props, ICT people searched up background images. This type of innovation doesn’t often happen on the spur of the moment, but magic happens when it does! Students too sometimes come up with innovative ideas that can quickly move the learning from being a bit humdrum to being more lively, colourful and energising. Animated faces say it all!

  2. I think we often wait for problems to arise before we flick the innovation switch. This reactionary approach only solves the problems we see begrudgingly with our status quo eyes or are brought to our attention by others. What about those opportunities for innovation that can only be uncovered by questioning things that are going well? The best time to look backwards, forwards, inwards and outwards is always now.

  3. I like this post, enjoyed this one thank you for posting. “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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