On period 4 on Thursday I had been asked to present to two year 9 classes as part of our Horizon Programme, on blogging for 15 minutes to each class.
The students were being asked to blog in character as part of their allocated role in The Real Game.
In preparation I considered my presentation and direction of this discussion. I discussed my approach with the groovy librarian who gave me the thumbs up. Accordingly I paradoxically chose to present without the laptop between me and the students and chose to talk to them about my passion for blogs, I invited them to look at my own blog and that of the groovy librarian and see if we shared our passion for education through our blogs. We talked about presentation and the importance of name.
In the second lesson I attended I was blessed that a student chose to share her blog and her passion for fashion with us and I was able to show how this girl had absolutely nailed all that I had said made for a entertaining interesting and informative blog.
It is interesting that my direction in each class went a different way each time. As I had so much to share with the students that was fine. You have to play to the crowd!
I will be place on the portal mine and the groovy librarians blogs, and that of the students above plus two more interesting blogs which are directed towards this age group. We will also place a presentation prepared by the GL. We will be available to support classes as they begin working on their blogs this week.
In conversation with my colleague immediately before and after this lesson I have had to consider what the ‘point of difference’ of my own educational blog is, and dear reader it is that I am sharing my thinking.