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Exploring Capacity: Hands-on Learning

What is capacity? How much is a litre? These were the two questions we planned to explore. I needed to find out what prior knowledge the children had and how I could build on this. So we began with a discussion, I quickly realised that they had limited experience with …

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Assessment OF and FOR Learning

“Can we PLEASE do our summative assessment today?” This isn’t the general response teachers receive about assessment tasks but it makes me so happy to know that the student’s in my class are excited, not scared or nervous about assessment. Of course throughout the year we have openly discussed assessment …

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Purposeful Reflection: Documenting learning, for learning

So now I had to completely release control and hope for the best, the children were off to one of the other grade two classrooms to complete the experiment ‘Which shoe has the best grip?”. Of course the other teacher would be there to support them with the scientific inquiry and help them …

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Documenting Our Learning (Stage 1): Dissolving Experiment

  I wanted the children to continue developing their idea about the scientific method but I wanted also to introduce a new concept. I wanted them to document their learning as they worked their way through the next experiment, with me guiding them through the process. So we prepared our written experiment …

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Demonstrating Understanding: The Water Cycle

Now that the students knew quite a lot about the water cycle I wanted them to organise their ideas and share them with an audience. I reminded them how to use the application Explain Everything and gave them some simple instructions, they had to take a photo of the water cycle and use …