How to scaffold and encourage students to justify their ideas using Bloom’s Taxonomy

When students read a text, it is too easy to simply hand them a highlighter and ask them to highlight the conventions or focus of the lesson. While this is an effective strategy, it lacks rigour and depth that students could be achieving - especially students who need extension in their learning. Another method to … Continue reading How to scaffold and encourage students to justify their ideas using Bloom’s Taxonomy

Teaching…Science Fiction and Issac Asimov

Teaching...Science Fiction and Issac Asimov AITSL STANDARDS: 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities. The Situation You need to introduce Science Fiction, but are unsure of where to start The Solution Introduce Issac Asimov's The Fun … Continue reading Teaching…Science Fiction and Issac Asimov

Characterisation – Whose boots are those?

Writing stories can be a difficult challenge for students. Why? Because we expect them to create new people. We can be presumptuous and expect them to be intuitively creative when sometimes this is not the case. Children are by nature quite imaginative, but this does not always relate to the types of creativity we want … Continue reading Characterisation – Whose boots are those?