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“In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But… what is the correct path?”

This is a beautiful silent film that really drives home some important messages and would just be great on its own with advanced classes as a discussion prompt about “the rat race” and the ills of both school and work.

However, it works great with lower levels too. Here are some materials to help use in class.

1. Story retelling ppt.  Show and have students retell after watching or use the cards attached also. Next read the book on Gif Lingua to take up the story and students can also study the vocabulary there. Teachers register for worksheets and to download the book as a pptx to show in class and edit.

2. Students can also rewrite the story.

3. Students can compare school and work using a venn diagram – see attached. Also compare themselves to a partner and find similarities/differences.

4. Finally consider having students do the attached grammar poem to express what is special about their life and selves. They can present in class.

Enjoy this fine animated video!

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A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

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You have just finished teaching a new concept. Do your students know what has been taught? Are they able to demonstrate their understandings? Have they achieved their learning goals?

For students to become active participants in the learning process, a learning experience needs to have a reason; with clearly defined and achievable goals. Goal setting with your students will not only increase active participation and engagement, it will also develop higher-order thinking, create positive attitudes and behaviours towards learning and improve learning capabilities. Setting a plan for a learning or behaviour goal in the classroom can be a whole-class or an individual activity.

Setting Whole-Class Goals

Whole-class goals are successfully achieved when the goal has been set collaboratively by the students. Students have a greater feeling of ownership and accountability of a class goal when it has been jointly constructed, with identified examples of what it will look like to achieve the goal.

Using a learning intention with success criteria, or ‘WALT’ (=We Are Learnign To) and ‘WILF’  (=What I’m Looking For) poster, will help break down the goal. They may also assist in planning how the goal will be successfully achieved.

After a class goal has been set, the goal should be visually displayed in the classroom to remind students what achievement they are working towards. Throughout any relevant learning experiences, reinforce the goal with your students by consistently referring back to it.

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Setting Personal Learning Goals

When students set personal learning goals and create action plans, they reflect on their learning progress and become more independent learners. This can also foster a greater sense of motivation for achieving their full potential.

Getting students to write down and plan their goals is an important step towards achieving them. It encourages the students to make their goals meaningful, specific and measurable. It also provides opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and identify the next step in achieving their goal.

Some useful goal setting templates include:

  • goal trackers
  • dreaming big
  • SMART goals
  • WHOOP
  • three stars and a wish.

These create accountability for student-centered learning and assist with identifying the actions required in achieving a desired learning outcome.

Motivating Students

Students will be more motivated to achieve their goal if they are encouraged by their teachers and their peers, feel a sense of achievement and are acknowledged for their efforts.

In the classroom, you can help students persevere on their journey towards a goal by displaying motivating posters, encouraging the use of a growth mindset and providing meaningful and positive feedback.

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Written by Victoria (Teach Starter)

Visual Thinkery on Education

Bryan Mathers started working as a Software Engineer. He founded, grew and then sold companies and then he started an accidental journey of visual articulation of interesting thoughts called Visual Thinkery. His job is “not really drawing itself, it’s the thinking – Mathers says – visually articulating a thought. So I’ve made it my job to help others catch thoughts and articulate them visually. As such, I’ve created thinkery for a whole bunch of Organisations”.

“As a kid in a classroom, I didn’t question it. I took what was laid before me, in the environment in which it was given. I was taught. I found it difficult to ask questions, as it revealed a lack of knowledge or understanding. The game was one of “how much do you know?“, maintaining our pecking order of perceived smartness. However, there were some teachers who came down to my level and transparently learned alongside me. It was different. They were different. The game was different.”

where can we go today?