Category Archives: creative curriculum

Barça, Barça, Baaarça! – #ILILC2

Materials and presentation from my second session at #ILILC2 – Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Barca – presentation Barca handout – links to things mentioned in the above presentation and more! comenius_spotlight_birmingham – information sheet from British Council on the project

Join El Carnaval de los animales – Comenius Regio Conference 29th June

I am so behind with posting things – rather a lot going on at the moment! Apologies to those who have been patiently waiting for my presentation at the Comenius Conference at Newman College on June 29th – here it is! It was a really great day and it was a wonderful way to finish […]

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 pt2

I’ve already blogged about Thunks and making kids’ brains hurt which were the key ideas in this session. However, a few other things that were interesting. 1. A useful reference for philosophy for kids – SAPERE 2. When we ask questions, we’re not comfortable with leaving silence.  On average, we wait  0.9 sec before filling […]

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 […]

A photo for the New Year – Sebastian 18#365

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Sebastian 18#365, originally uploaded by Camino Z. “In Spain, on New Year Eve, we eat 12 grapes at the sound of the 12 last strokes of the year… one stroke, one grape, one stroke, […]

Stoke on Trent – Join ‘El Carnaval de los animales’ – 5th June

Having never been to Stoke on Trent previously, I was there twice in three days! This time I’d been invited to speak at a ‘Creative Spanish’ afternoon for Primary Language teachers, organised jointly by Lorna Harvey from Staffordshire and Helen Thomas from Stoke on Trent. I really enjoyed the presentation on using Art by Shirley […]

Animating at the Institute of Education

Friday was a busy day, starting off in London with an animation course run by Oscar Stringer at Institute of Education. Working in two groups, we spent the day developing our animation skills, producing two short animations from initial idea to finished film complete with transitions, titles, sound and music. We used ICanAnimate to capture […]

Creativity in eTwinning seminar pt2

Here are a couple of movies of ideas from the first running of the Creativity in eTwinning workshop this morning. The first shows some of the ideas raised about creativity and what it feels like to be creative. The second are the reflections of the Sunglasses group on what they consider to be the ideal […]