Category Archives: CPD

Reading Macondo #FLMacondo

I’ve spent part of each week during the summer holiday taking part in a MOOC  run by FutureLearn. Their courses are free and run throughout the year and I recommend them. I took part in a course on Dyslexia and Language Learning in May and thoroughly enjoyed it. You can find out more about my thoughts and findings on […]

Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching #FLdyslexia Week 4

I’ve just completed the final week of the FutureLearn MOOC, Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching. A little early but I wanted to get it done as I need to concentrate on report writing 🙁 This week focussed on phonological and orthographic awareness, skills that are needed for successful spelling, reading and comprehension. It underlined the need […]

Language World 2011

Following on from last year and Bricklaying for beginners,  and 2009 with Absorbing language learning, I’m once more presenting at ALL Language World. This year Language World is entitled All together now. Here’s the invite from ALL:- Join us ALL Together at Language World 2011, 8-9 Jul 2011 @ Imperial College, London: It’s a conference: A […]

Birmingham Primary Languages website

Today a new part of the Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGfL) website was launched. After a long wait, the Birmingham Primary Language (BPL) website was unveiled. Offering sections of guidance, useful weblinks, documentation and training opportunities for coordinators and class teachers as well as a growing bank of downloadable resources including sound files, there’s plenty […]

What I learned today pt3

The final session today was focussed on learning styles and preferences. Lighting – dark, small light, whole room lit Seating – at a table, on the floor, lying down, standing up Temperature – warm, cold, hot Sound – silent, music, louder noise All the above affect our learning if conditions aren’t ideal for us. Personally, […]

What I learned today! pt1

I’ve already blogged three times today about the INSET today with Ian Gilbert– twice during the INSET day and once when I returned home. However, I haven’t even scratched the surface! So, here is a summary of the key points I noted from session one. “Nothing is as dangerous as an idea when it’s the […]

Thunks.

Found a Youtube clip of Ian Gilbert in action with a group of children, using thunks to get them thinking. What’s a thunk? A Thunk is a beguilingly simple-looking question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. Now I’m off […]