Welcome back to the new term!
It’s great to see so many new readers and followers. In 2017 alone, we have had 10,000 views from nearly 60 countries! Pretty Impressive! But I need your help!
I set up this site as a place to share further ideas, information and easy to access to resources for all RMPS pupils. I am a fan of Google Classroom and Glow and all the other sites you can use to share resources with pupils. I did just feel that if they didn’t require to log in and could access the information straight away it was easier for them to revise! It also means that RMPS students across the country could also benefit, I’m a massive advocate of sharing is caring and there is no point in reinventing the wheel! Feel free to comment on pages you found useful and provide any further links to help with learning. Also if you have something you think would benefit the site, whether it be a summary of a topic, a great video linked to learning, a great revision aid or anything from your RME/RERC/RE/RMPS (delete as appropriate) classroom that you wouldn’t mind sharing to help the website grow please let me know! I don’t always get the chance to write up everything I wish I could!
What I am saying is feel free to comment on pages you found useful and provide any further links to help with learning. Also if you have something you think would benefit the site, whether it be a summary of a topic, a great video linked to learning, a great revision aid or anything from your RME/RERC/RE/RMPS (delete as appropriate) classroom that you wouldn’t mind sharing to help the website grow please let me know! I don’t always get the chance to write up everything I wish I could! I would love this website to be a community of RME teachers sharing their knowledge and helping others.
If you are interested in providing some content (it doesn’t have to be an immediate commitment or a commitment at all) I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a Happy New School Term!
Last week I posted pictures of my WHYRME Wall display.
A few people have asked about it so here are the original pictures I have used feel free to use, adapt and display. Send me some pictures of your walls!
This time last year, I wrote a post all about how actually on reflection Glow is fantastic and I will be using it more. I do use it most days, but mostly for the OneDrive storage space.
I have trained my colleague as well as our National 5 and Higher RMPS class on how to use OneNote. Last year I got really annoyed at having to constantly print, reprint, re photocopy notes, that were never read. This year all our course notes are going on One Note, which is like a collaborative notebook. Each person can work together, have their own space and access the notes that are uneditable until they are copied into their own ‘space’. As there are two teachers teaching the course this is a brilliant tool as we can both update, upload and observe the pupils work.
This is at least a start in the Glow journey. More importantly I have managed to work out how to change and access pupils passwords, this is the most handiest tool.
There is a great RMPS community on Glow, that engages in professional dialogue, the sharing of resources and ideas. Admittedly it is not the most accessible website in the world, and takes a bit of searching to find the right bit, but once your there it is really good. There are probably a million and other things that Glow can do, but we’ll do baby steps at the moment.
I am obsessed with Plickers at the moment!
Every so often I come across a free teaching resource i am always excited to try out, recently this has been Plickers. I first saw an advert for it on Facebook, and one day i finally got round to reading more about it and haven’t looked back since.
Plickers is an interactive answering system, where pupils are each given a small card with a shape on it (kind of like a QR code) the card is unique to each pupil and on it has the letters a,b,c and d. What you as a teacher does is create in advance, or on the spot, some questions. On the website you display them on the screen and then the pupil puts the answer they think it is facing up. You then have an app on your phone or tablet you use to scan the room, the answers are instantaneously on the board in a graph form! (you can so pupils individual answers on the big screen, but i feel that defeats the purpose).
This is basically like having show me boards, but it takes away all the kids copying each other or laughing at the kid that put the wrong answer up. It can be used to check understanding but also, I have put it up midway through a lesson to see how pupils are understanding the task so i can target support. It can be used as a starter, a plenary a mid way point.
You only need one class set as one number can be given to several pupils in different classes. I am going on a trip to Ikea next week to stock up classroom supplies and one of the things I am going to get is a back of the door shoe storage holder to store my Plickers cards. This way pupils can get in the habit of picking up their Plickers card on the way in the room, in case we want to use them that period.
This blog post does not do the resources justice, i feel it will revolutionize my teaching practice. Watch some Youtube Video‘s or go on the website and try it for yourself!
As I told my pupils and colleagues and husband (who reluctantly had to listen to me go on about it!) The Future Is NOW!