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Assessment for Learning: The Cramlington Teaching and Learning Model


Zite (Photo credit: AJC1)

It’s been quite some time since I blogged! The main reason I guess is that I have been concentrating on using twitter to develop my own personal learning network, but as a new school year begins it’s time to make another start with this blog.
I have also been exploring a lot of iPad apps and one of my favourites at the moment is Zite!
I came across this blog post yesterday in my iPad Zite magazine app. See url linked below.
I’m sure you’ll find it an interesting read. It is a short article. It supports a focus on how we can continue to use Formative Assessment strategies in our classrooms in our teaching to improve students’ learning achievement.
When you read the post, record it as professional reading, and maybe write a short reflection, perhaps using a Visible Thinking Routine such as ‘Connect, Extend Challenge’. (ASV teachers: See your ‘Visible Thinking’ book – received at 2012 ASVAC!
Zite personalized magazine app. Available for free in the App Store  www.zite.com

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‘Defining and Developing Spirituality in Christian Schools’ – Mark Treadwell

Circle - Phil's Provocations
At ACEL last week I listened to Mark Treadwell speak about conceptual learning. Today I received in my email inbox, eCSM, from Circle which included a link to Mark’s article that I’ve linked here. It is worth reading carefully and pondering on. What does developing a comprehensive program for embedding Christian values in learning and teaching mean for the development of our students’ character and their relationships with each other and our God.


Mark Treadwell writes:

‘…Schools that embed Christian values into their culture and promotion subsequently attract a clientele that desires such values. This provides the school with a warranty to espouse those values with clarity and purpose. The elements that contribute to the formation of a student’s character and principles should be developed in a planned and strategic manner and done so explicitly and with no apology. This requires a good understanding of how virtues can be developed, encouraged and outworked in a student’s life to a point where they become dispositions that are applied with passion…

Read on…

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An EdTECHLive Interview with ‘Making Thinking Visible’ Co-Author, Ron Ritchhart

This interview was sourced from Steve Hargadon‘s interview series website:

The Future of Education: Charting the Course of Teaching and Learning in a Networked World

Steve writes there about his interview series:

‘This interview series and the community are devoted to providing an opportunity for those who care about education to share their voices and ideas with others. It’s a place for thoughtful discussion on an incredibly important topic… ‘ READ ON…

Follow the link below to listen to Steve’s interview with Ron Ritchhart:

Making Thinking Visible with Ron Ritchhart – Audio from EdTECHLive webinarMaking Thinking Visible book image

Or click on the audio file:

(Steve and Ron have a few audio issues in parts of the interview but it’s worth persisting.)

Link to Visible Thinking in action website at Project Zero, Harvard University

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Jesus Christ – Master Teacher: What ideas might resonate with a Christian teacher?

Jesus Christ – Master Teacher

The Journal of Adventist Education, December 2010/January 2011

In his article, author John Wesley Taylor V challenges us as Christian teachers to consider the teaching strategies Christ used when interacting with his disciples, and with small groups and large crowds. As we consider John’s point of view, what might be the implications for us as Christian teachers in our Christian schools as we interact day by day with our students and our colleagues?

The following quote from the article is the introduction to John’s thinking. Follow the link above or at the end of the quote to read the full article.

‘While Jesus was clearly an effective preacher and sought-after healer, He was also a master teacher. Throughout the Gospels readers encounter a variety of teaching episodes—learning experiences created specifically for His 12 disciples, as well as for groups of thousands or a single individual.2 His Sermon on the Mount, for example, was actually an outdoor teaching session in which both the disciples and a large group participated.

Jesus oriented His teaching to actively engage His students in the learning experience. To do this, He focused on thinking, knowing, understanding, being, and doing

Thinking.When teaching, Jesus would often ask His students, “What do you think?” In introducing the story of the good shepherd, for example, He extended an invitation to consider carefully the meaning of the story…’ Read more

Leaders, you might want to use this article and a thinking routine such as ‘Think Puzzle Explore’ (outlined below) to engage your staff in exploring the themes and ideas that this article raises.

This thinking routine is one that sets the stage for deeper inquiry into a topic by connecting the reader ‘to prior knowledge, stimulating curiosity and laying the groundwork for independent inquiry’. Visible Thinking Routines

Think Puzzle Explore

  1. What do you think you know about this topic?
  2. What questions or puzzles do you have?
  3. How can you explore this topic?

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Thinking and Writing Ideas in ASV’s Tumblr – London 1908

I just published this visual thinking prompt in ASV’s Thinking and Writing Ideas Tumblr.
In our Tumblr blog you can find more London 2012 Olympic-themed visual prompts that teachers could use with their students during the next 2 weeks of the olympic games to develop students’ looking, thinking and responding skills – whether that’s by writing, speaking, using ICT, art etc.
Images are reblogged from other Tumblr blogs, with thinking prompts courtesy of Tom March and Visible Thinking. Check the others out here. (Scroll down.)



Former Guardian journalist Emil Voigt, a wiry vegetarian from Manchester, stunned his rivals at the London Games of 1908 by storming to victory in the five mile race and becoming the first – and only – Briton to win a long-distance individual gold medal. Photograph: Emil Voigt Collection

Voigt, who reported from Europe for the Guardian between 1905 and 1906 before returning to Manchester to write on sport, was on the verge of retiring from competitive athletics in 1908 when he made a last-ditch decision to take part just six weeks before the opening ceremony.

Then – London Olympics – 1908:

This image shows the 1908 London Olympics athletics track, an athlete, probably some officials and in the background the ‘stadium’.

Now – London Olympics – 2012:

Over the next 2 weeks TV cameras, newspaper photographers and people like us using the Internet will publish images of the 2012 London Olympic venues for all the world to see.

Compare and Contrast

Search for images of the 2012 venues, especially the athletics stadium, track and athletes and compare and contrast the 2012 image to this 1908 photo. Also Compare and contrast the text attached to this and your image collection.

  1. What differences and similarities do you see between the venues shown in the images?
  2. What differences do you discover from the text?
  3. Use a Venn diagram to record your discoveries.

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Using TED to Teach Presentation Skills – Kate Petty


On her blog ‘The Tech Classroom – 21st Century English Classroom’ Kate Petty writes:

What is TED? TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a non-profit organization devoted to sharing “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The first TED conference was in Monterrey, CA in 1984 and the ideas have not stopped flowing.
Why is TED so popular? Many educators and professionals find the 3-20 minute speeches authentic and high-interest with diverse speakers who have various presentation styles.
What can TED do for your classroom? TED speeches are available through its website on Ted.com, YouTube, and an app for all devices, including iOS. Teachers can use TED to teach and develop dynamic presentation skills using the videos it offers.

Kate offers some resources there also and some suggestions for speeches if TED access is not available at your school.

Leaders, you might want to pass this URL on to your English teachers.

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ISV TechExpress Podcasts – Episode 1


Podcasting on the use of ICT in the classroom

Lynda Cutting and Craig Dunstan, are Senior Advisors for Independent Schools Victoria‘s Smart Schools National Partnerships program and have been working with leaders and teachers in the areas of literacy and numeracy in Victorian independent schools, including some of our schools.

They recently began to podcast about how teachers can use ICT in their classrooms. These series is titled Techexpress.

I want to share these Techexpress podcasts with our teachers in the ASV Teachers ICT showcase blog, but thought I’d share this first episode here also so that principals, deputies and heads of school can know about this initiative too.

Surveys, copyright-free images, Angry Birds apps in education; each of these is spoken about in this first episode.

Lynda and Craig have a related blog as well, to which they refer in the podcast. (See link below)

In their blog you will find links to the resources they talk about in the podcasts. Readers can also comment of course, and in doing that may also refer to related tools that they have found useful in their classrooms.

Lynda and Craig have asked (by email) their first podcast listeners to submit have any ideas that they could podcast on in the future. If you do have a suggestion, please visit their blog and add a comment to their post.

Episode 1-Our very first episode.