Tuesday, 12 May 2015

New courses: Object-based teaching and learning and Using artefacts to support literacy – plus website problems

Intractable and very frustrating problems mean I’m currently unable to update my website, so for the time being I’ll post my training news here on my blog.

footballThere has been an upsurge of interest recently in object-based learning, and I’ve created two new courses in response to demand. They are particularly relevant to school library services that offer artefact collections or topic boxes with objects as well as books, and are suitable as inset for individual schools and museums, and as regional or national training. Please get in touch if you would like extra details. I adapt all my courses to local needs and circumstances.

The lovely photo comes courtesy of Farnborough Grange Community School.

Using artefacts to support literacy

Practical, hands-on training to identify the value of object-based literacy learning and explore ways to embed object-based literacy teaching across the curriculum.

Participants can expect to gain:

  • more understanding of the role and benefits of artefacts in literacy teaching
  • the context in terms of the national curriculum and Ofsted
  • ideas for using artefacts to support reading skills and enjoyment
  • strategies for developing research skills, comprehension, inference and deduction
  • new ways to deliver literacy across the curriculum
  • methods for enhancing information writing and creative writing
  • greater knowledge of the SLS artefact collections and topic boxes and ideas for using them (where appropriate)

Object-based teaching and learning

An interactive course to explore the value of object-based teaching and learning and identify practical strategies to support learning across the curriculum.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • greater awareness of the role and benefits of object-based teaching and learning
  • ideas for using artefacts to support the curriculum and theme-based teaching
  • methods for fostering cognitive and problem-solving skills and critical thinking
  • strategies for developing literacy and comprehension
  • ways to develop information and investigative skills, inference and deduction
  • tips for nurturing creativity
  • ideas for lesson-plans

What people say about this training

  • A fantastic day. I feel more confident about using objects within my planning, teaching and learning. We have drawn together an action plan which will help us implement what we have covered today.
  • Thanks for today, the teachers were raving about it and they left buzzing with ideas.
  • It was really valuable to unpick the many benefits objects have in teaching and learning. I really enjoyed the practical and hands-on approach and the time to work collaboratively.
  • An excellent opportunity to further investigate our museum and how to use objects to inspire learning.
  • Interesting and stimulating look at how to use objects for teaching and learning. Useful models for learning.
  • I found talking about linking the objects to the different areas of the curriculum useful, especially linking to literacy.
  • I have a greater understanding about the effectiveness of objects in a learning environment and how they can stimulate children’s ability to be creative.
  • Now we have lots of ideas for how to move our museum and object-based curriculum forwards.
  • Enjoyed learning about different theories and approaches to learning.
  • Useful ideas for where to go after the questioning/exploration of the objects.
  • I learnt more about how using objects can inspire children’s creative thinking and cover all aspects of the curriculum.
  • Good strategies to improve my teaching practice.
  • Very engaging and interesting. Anne has tailored the day around our unique needs. This enabled us to get exactly what we needed as a staff without having to fit square pegs in round holes.
  • Practical activities looking at objects and questioning skills.
  • Useful activities and questions. Splitting up the planning process made it clearer, along with discussion between staff. Useful to use objects.
  • Great flow about the presentation, relaxed atmosphere, got everyone thinking and hugely enjoyable.
  • Showed how useful/important object-based learning can be. Great ideas and a feeling that we, as a school, had moved on/developed understanding.
  • Lots of imaginative and creative ideas that can be applied.