She has a partnership with artist Axel Scheffler and they have become picture book superstars with titles including
The Gruffalo’s Child, and my favourite The Snail and the Whale.
Have a look at the official Gruffalo website.
C stands for….
What are Clickers?
Clickers are a simple remote personal responce system which look at bit like a TV remote control unit, and work in the same way.Clickers use infrared or radio frequency technology to transmit and record student responses to questions. A small, portable receiving station is placed in front of the class to collect and record student resonses. If the teacher wants each clicker can be linked to an indivudual studdent which allows for a unique and identifiable signal and response.
Clickers creates an environment for active participation by all students and provides immediate feedback about any areas of confusion over the content being taught.
For more information click HERE!
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Make reading visible around the school by displaying attractive posters – ‘Good reads for historians…’, ‘Want to know more about the causes of earthquakes? Try these books…’
Have sections of a text placed in different corridors and areas so that pupils need to read one and find the next extract.
Recruit influential pupils to be book, author or genre ‘ambassadors’ – with an element of competition to see who can secure the widest readership.
Add small ‘recommendation’ cards to book displays with lively pupil or teacher comments, or try “If you like this then you’ll love…”
Show pupils how current literature has its roots in the past, e.g. Twilight and Dracula. •Take advantage of technology in the school – share book recommendations, extracts or reviews on the school’s intranet, screensavers and TV display screens.
Read yourself – being a role model
Engaging with pupils as readers and getting to know their preferences
Referring to whole books/literary fiction rather than just chunks in textbooks, e.g. historical novels in history
Ensuring that all teachers promote reading in their subject areas, e.g. science fiction in science
Creating a reading-friendly environment.
Raising the profile of the library (MRC).
Giving book tokens/books as rewards or prizes
Department for Education. (2011). Encouraging reading for pleasure. Available: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/pedagogy/teachingstyles/b00192950/encouraging-reading-for-pleasure. Last accessed 22nd September 2011.
Banned Book Week focuses on the books banned or challenged in schools or libraries around the world.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.
Here are some of the banned books that you can borrow from the MRC.
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Check the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel daily for new videos.
How many of you managed to claim your free copy of the “Rotten Romans” book (of the Horrible Histories series) with Saturdays Peterborough Evening Telegraph?
You can continue to build your collection of Horrible Histories in every Saturday’s paper for just £1.99 each – a saving on the RRP of £3 per book! There are 23 in total to collect.Inside each Saturday’s evening telegraph you can find a Horrible Histories token – please hand these into the MRC as we are collecting them to try and win a share of £500.
There’s a first prize of £350, second prize of £100 and third prize of £50 plus runner up prizes of a full set of books for the schools who collect the most tokens -so come on everyone let’s show them that Thomas Deacon Academy is the best!
So here we are with Letter B of the tools and techniques which you can use to get the most out of the Internet.
B stands for….
“Bluetooth gives wireless communication between devices on an opt-in basis and can be used to transfer information easily.” It is an open wireless technology for communicating over short distances between devices.
So you can have bluetooth mobile phone headsets; headphones; mice; keyboards; printers; speakers; and even games consoles use this technology.
If you have an older PC that does not have Bluetooth embedded then you can get a Bluetooth adapter that will let the PC communicate with other Bluetooth devices. Most recent laptops come with a built-in Bluetooth, if this is missing you will need to get an external gadget, these are called dongles.
Yesterday I went into a post 16 (Year 12) Science lesson to discuss how they approach their research.
Where do they start when given a piece of research?
Not surprisingly the top two answers were…
Google and Wikipedia.
So we discussed some of the pitfalls of each of these options, pointed out ways to use these safely; to get reliable and relevant information from them and a few hints and tips, before going onto show them some alternatives.
These alternatives can be found via the Oliver Homepageand not only would these provide a more reliable place to start a research project, would, with practice save you valuable time.
Research Hint: Google tip
1 KEEP IT SIMPLE
“Use search terms the way you’d like to see them on a Web site. But think of how the author would phrase it.”
Would they use American spellings? Or more technical terms? Think about what people would say and how they would say it to find alternatives.
So if you can’t find what you want with your first keyword(s) think about common terms and phrases and try again.
“Stay on topic and keep it simple.” Barseghian 2011
Bibliography Barseghian, Tina. (2011). 12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy. Available: http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/09/cracking-the-code-to-the-best-google-search/. Last accessed 06/11/2011. Google Inc.2011. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Retrieved6 September 2011, from all/comptons/article-301005