Thursday, 11 June 2015

'Sticky Learning'

What is 'sticky learning'?

Sticky Learning is a fun way of saying... 

'what learning have you done that is MEMORABLE'

This week on a Twitter Chat I host called #BFC630NZ we shared how we make learning in our class 'sticky'... through the use of images (as well as other techniques.)

For us in 'theONE6' this week has been FULL of 'sticky learning'. We participated firstly in a Skype with Yellowstone Park and secondly in a Google HangOut with Susan Brocker....the author of Wolf in the Wardrobe. This beautifully written story is the one 23 classes have been reading around New Zealand for #NZreadaloud2.

After a shaky start with 'sound issues' (all 7 classes had their microphones turned ON and all we could hear was all the kids excitement - that being 7 classes of 25-30 kids!!!) we all realised our mics needed to be off when it wasn't our turn!

I had set up an 'order for questions' to the author (Susan had these also so she was prepared)... so off we went... each class asking the ONE question they had decided was the one THEY wanted the answer to.

We found out some interesting things about the story and about Susan. For me, one of the most interesting things I found out was the book only took her 3 months to write! I thought it would have taken longer! I also found out that the idea for her main character 'being a boy' was more because the name Finn popped into her head one day and it just went from there!

The best thing for myself and Jemma is that our students have really enjoyed participating in #NZreadaloud2 as it provides us with opportunities to do some amazing 'sticky learning'. We have all found out about wolves (only 100 in Yellowstone Park), we have connected with kids across New Zealand, we have talked with the author of the book, we have learnt along the way WHAT WE DO TO GET MEANING FROM TEXT!

For anyone out there...sign up for #NZreadaloud3 and watch the difference in your students' engagement with ALL literacy!

theONE6ers'.... we would like you to REPLY to this blog post with a comment about the Google HangOut AND some learning which was 'sticky' for you...what was something memorable about the #NZreadaloud2?