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Teaching Strategies & Resources

The NSW Institute of Teachers’ Professional Teaching Standards includes:

Element 4; Aspect 4.1.5 – Use a range of teaching strategies and resources including ICT and other technologies to foster interest and support learning.

In order to be the best teachers we can be we need to reconsider our methodology. As educators in the 21st century, we need to learn to communicate in the language and style of our students.

This DOES NOT mean changing what is important or redefining good thinking skills.

It means that teachers today need to be adapting materials to students of the 21st century. This way of thinking can be applied to all subjects. It is no longer a question of whether to use ICT and other technologies, but how to incorporate them in order to benefit our students.

There is no reason that a generation can memorise over 100 Pokemon cards and yet cannot learn their multiplication tables or fractions in maths and how power stations work in science.

It simply depends on how it is presented.

If we want to reach every single one of our students, we need to change. It is easy to shrug a shoulder and stick to the usual routines, but is that the kind of teacher you want to be?

ICT and other technologies can BRING CONCEPTS TO LIFE and ENGAGE STUDENTS, which leads to GREATER UNDERSTANDING.

It’s all about being the best teachers we can be for our students and helping them reach their full potential.

I have created the following ICT resources about perimeter and area, with the help of my sisters. It is resources like these that can foster interest and support learning. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, the following are easy to create and can be kept for future use.

IWB RESOURCE – PERIMETER (click on the images to enlarge)

PHOTOPEACH – PERIMETER AND AREA (click on the image)

 

Click here to start using PhotoPeach.

VIDEO – AREA

GO ANIMATE – PERIMETER AND AREA  (click on the image)

Click here to learn about GoAnimate for schools and educators.

These resources can be placed on a class blog where students can freely access them to reinforce their learning independently and in a fun way. Homework activities can also be designed to incorporate revision using these resources on the blog.

Get creative and share your ideas, you just might be surprised with what you can come up with!

References

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon. 9 (5).

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12 thoughts on “Teaching Strategies & Resources

  1. Hi Ashley,

    Well done on another great post. I really admire your dedication and committment, it’s fabulous to see in a training teacher. I wish all student teachers showed your amazing passion for learning!

    I’ve only been teaching for eight years, but the introduction of interactive whiteboards, iPods, blogging etc in my classroom has been fantastic, for both myself and my students. It is important to remember of course, that technology doesn’t make us better teachers, it enhances our skills and allows us to engage, interact and challenge our students in a profound way.

    The resources and videos you’ve made and shared here are terrific. Many established teachers could and should learn from young teachers like you! 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

    Kelly

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      Thank you so much, it really means a lot! Eight years is a great achievement, I’m looking forward to when I can say that! I’m really glad to hear that it has been beneficial to you and your class.

      Technology definitely ‘enhances our skills and allows us to engage, interact and challenge our students in a profound way.’ I think that sums it up brilliantly!

      I’m glad you liked the resources and the video, hopefully they encourage others to have a go.

      Thanks again,

      Ashley

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  2. Hey Ashley,

    This is great stuff. You’re going to be amazing when you get yourself your own classroom. It’s great to see someone taking the initiative with their own blog, sharing ideas with others, and learning from others as well. There’s no better way to learn than from other educators.

    I continue to look forward to what you have to share. I’m excited to follow your journey!

    Shawn Avery

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    1. Hi Shawn,

      Thank you, that means a lot to me, especially coming from a great teacher! Your support and encouragement is really appreciated! I definitely agree about learning so much from other educators.

      Thanks again,

      Ashley

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  3. Hi Ashley,

    Thanks for introducing yourself on twitter. I’m glad I dropped by your blog – very inspiring. All the best in your studies, I’m really interested in following your progress.

    I’m always looking for new ways to integrate technology – particularly Web2.0 into the classroom – I think you will be a valuable contact!

    Jason.

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    1. Hi Jason,

      Thank you for commenting. I really appreciate your support and encouragement! I’m glad you think so and I hope I am able to write posts that are beneficial to you and others, while also learning myself!

      Thanks again,

      Ashley

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