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# Ruth's Teaching and Learning Ideas

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## Sesame Street: OK Go - Three Primary Colors - YouTube

Mix it up with OK Go! Then, come color with the new "OK Go Color" game at Sesame Street: http://www.sesamestreet.org/game_player/-/pgpv/gameplayer/0/a9782266...
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## Using Playdoh to Study Fractions - YouTube

This video shows how to use PlayDoh to introduce fractions.
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It's the material choice which caught my attention with this video.  Fractions could be a little confusing if just learnt using written numbers, specially for visual learners.  By giving the children lumps of PlayDoh to handle and asking them to physically divide it into whatever fraction I ask would be a great way of visually showing them the differences of fraction sizes; e.g. one half is half the size of the whole, etc. .  It could be a useful hands on visual teaching resource.

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## Take Ten Exercise Workout Video (Primary/SEN) - YouTube

Workout Video forprimary or special educational needs pupils.
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Daily exercise combined with a concentration refocus technique.

I first came across this video while doing some voluntary work experience in a local primary school.  The whole school uses this series of mini workouts every day within the classroom.  I was initially taken aback slightly when the whole class jumped up excitedly, pushing chairs under the tables, to create space for their daily workout routine.  I asked the teacher, who's class I was in, why they incorporate this into the day, and they replied that it has been found to increase their concentration and performance during other lessons that follow.  Used as a break between high concentration lessons it apparently  helps to refocus the children's attention and keeps their momentum going by releasing some of their boundless energy, and in doing so their 'feel good' endorphins. The children don't have a daily P.E. lesson in their timetable and it's also good for them to do some form of daily exercise.

The teacher began the year using the video series but she soon turned it into a student led lesson:  The children who wanted to formed pairs and being allowed to choose their own music (vetted by the teacher first!) created their own mini workout routines for the class to follow.

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## ▶ Fire Water Balloon - Cool Science Experiment - YouTube

Check out this and other cool science experiments at http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/ Common sense tells you that it's impossible to boil wat...
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focus: science demonstration showing how air and water are conductors of heat.  Just thought this could be a fun class demonstration to try?

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## Teaching Math Without Words, A Visual Approach to learning Math from MIND Research Institute - YouTube

MIND Research Institute at http://www.mindresearch.net has created a visual approach to learning and teaching math with its ST Math Software. Through visual ...
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A picture contains a thousand words:

A video clip suitable for teachers' professional development drawing awareness to the different types of leaning based difficulties facing students'.  Matthew Peterson explains about a study made focusing on schools in California and how the vast majority of students have language based learning difficulties, or are characterised as visual learners.  Suffering with dyslexia himself he explains how he found words to be "really big learning barriers" whilst at school.  Not all students are right side of the brain thinkers, the creative left side of the brain needs to be accounted for too.  It was a quote he found by the great mathematician/scientist Albert Einstein, who also suffered from dyslexia, that changed the way he thought about teaching methods in schools:  "The words of language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought".  If words were not needed by such a great mathematician/scientist then maybe words are not fully essential in the teaching of it either, Peterson explains.  A more 'creative approach to teaching maths' study was carried out across 106 schools in Orange County, California.  The rate of growth in maths proficiency tripled in just one year.

I think that the teaching methods of Art in primary school shouldn't be limited to just Art lessons.  As well as covering the aspects of developing students' creativity and imagination to express their ideas/concepts, through building on their skills of handling tools and materials, of teaching critical awareness and investigative processes; I feel that the visual language of Art contains a lot of potential as a tool for helping to teach other curriculum subjects with.

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## Painting in Monet's garden, Art History, Art and Design 2, Primary Class Clips - BBC Two

A visit to Monet's garden in Giverny, France, to paint in the style of the great master.
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One of the great masters: Claude Monet.

Introduces how to sketch a landscape composition for painting.

Finger painting is used to recreate the Impressionist painted dabs of colour, restricting the need to add detail with a pencil or paint brush!

Teach the art term 'Pointillism' and also the art movement: Impressionism.  Focuses on light and colour, not detailed realism.  To help achieve this a plastic folder view finder, like the one in the video, could be made in lesson to help assist pupils with seeing the colours and shapes blurred together slightly, just like an impressionist painting.

One to show in the classroom.

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## Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs - YouTube

Jacky Klein presents a sneak peek at Tate Modern's dazzling new exhibition, which brings together Matisse's late-period abstract collages. Get 50% off entry ...
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As part of the national curriculum in art and design it is important to learn about the great masters: Henri Matisse being another one.  This clip has the potential to introduce a few different teaching aspects into the class room . 1) Art History.  Who was he and how did his environment and his past influence his work? His family came from a long line of weavers/tailors, his ancestral roots in tailoring/weaving influencing his choice of tools; scissors. And how did his work become inspired by the current Art Movement; the 'Fauves"  2) His artistic technique in collage could then be explored further, introducing the collage technique to the pupils.  3) Compositional Arrangements; His work was described in the video as a 'Giant Jigsaw Puzzle' with each shape being riddled with tiny pin holes, this is a design technique that could be taught as a method of how to arrange and explore possibilities for their own individual collage design.  3) All of the classes collages could then be assembled into a  wall mural design such like 'One Thousand and One Nights' in the video clip. Using this as a whole group activity could introduce an interactive class discussion about how different colours and shapes react,complement or fight against/with each other, informing their decisions on compiling their final wall art piece.  4) Installation Art: Matisse used his paper cutting method to inform  and finalise his design for the stained glass window in the Dominican Chapel of the Rosary in Venice.  Designing a stained glass window could be an architectural slant from this clip to also explore.  Teaching the method of creating manikins; exploring and developing designs through using one art method then turning it into a final design using different materials.

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## ▶ Just a Fraction - YouTube

A brilliant new method for teaching fractions at KS2
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Overcoming barriers to learning through creating abstract thought processes.

The key to getting children to understand fractions is in getting them relate to them in a conceptual way. The teacher uses two tables, the 'blue' table is the maths table and the second one is the resources table, which has a selection of whole paper cups and fractions of cups.  The students use the physical journey between the two tables to help in their visualisation of the calculations making up the maths story.  The teacher initially writes a fraction calculation or 'maths story' on the main white board and asks the class to carefully copy it onto their own white boards.  She finds using the smaller white boards for the children to write on useful as it easier to read what they have written and she can quickly see which children are having problems.  She picks out a struggling pupil and positively says out loud to the class that she thinks 'Joe Bloggs" would be good for being the demonstrator, thus making the child feel an active, useful part of the lesson.  She says it's good for the children to be at the front of the class and help with the teaching of a lesson, it was a mistake she previously made in thinking that children learn better from just adults.  Then the maths story is read out by another child and the demonstrator proceeds to move between the two tables, moving the paper cups accordingly.  The children are constantly encouraged to articulate what they see through the actions of the paper cups being added to or taken away from the blue maths table and the resource table.  The lesson moves on to the next stage and the cups are  replaced by written fraction cards causing the children to rely on their symbolic knowledge using the cups, this helps with their progression in thinking towards the abstract.  Then, according to the two maths commentators in the video this is the point apparently where most teachers would begin with teaching fractions using abstractions, the teacher is able to finally move the children forward to work out fraction calculations just by using their imagination by referring to the abstract thought process taught using the paper cups. The teacher says that by beginning such a lesson with a hands-on visual activity for the children 'catches the ones you're going to loose very early on', 'once they're engaged in a lesson they want to stay engaged in the lesson'.

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Nine color-coded 3-1/2" quiet, soft foam fraction circles numbered with fractions. Set includes: 1,-1/2, 1/3,-1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10 and 1/12.
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Just quick scoop here for another visual idea for teaching fractions.  These shapes would be less messy to use than PlayDoh but may not be so easy to purchase?  I chose this clip as the teacher  demonstrates much clearer than in the PlayDoh one, how the use of visual aids cans help show what happens when fractions are added together, in terms of visual size.

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## ▶ Teachers TV- Primary Maths - Data Handling - YouTube

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Three great maths lessons ideas in teaching the importance of recording data accurately, which then can be used in the teaching of ven diagrams, bar charts, graphs etc. .  By getting the children actively involved in recording data, by giving them a sense of self purpose in the task, makes the learning more fun.  Children are naturally energetic and love running around so to incorporate a task that involves something that interests them is a brilliant starting point for getting them enthused about a maths lesson.  They are also slightly competitive against themselves and within the group, they want to  know how well they've individually done on certain tasks and if they can better their previous personal best score, as seen in the clips "Olympic Measuring" and "Time Travel".  What's the furthest distance they can jump? How many times can they jump in and out of a hoop in 30 seconds? Driven by wanting to better their own results also results in their measuring skills naturally increasing to.  Then showing how graphs, pie charts etc. can be used to show the whole class results with still engages their individual attention as it's showing them something that they can personally relate to and is important to them.

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## Classroom Management Strategies To Take Control Of Noisy Students - YouTube

Get the rest of the videos - http://www.takecontrolofthenoisyclass.com This video explains a little-used, often-forgotten but very effective classroom manage...
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For my own personal development in becoming a teacher: really useful insights into classroom management, how to gain respect from students so to gain control of the class.  How positivity creates a positive atmosphere and response.  One of a series which I'll be watching intently though and taking as much on board as I can!

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## How to Paint Van Gogh's Sunflowers in 6 Minutes - YouTube

A speeded up video of how to paint vincent van gogh's sunflowers in oil. The oil painting took about 5 hours spread across 3 days but I have condensed down t...
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The focus here is on teaching the students to become more proficient in the medium of painting.  Vincent Van Gogh's work would be a good example to show of how to create and capture texture in a painting, this could be used as a follow on progression from an exercise in still life drawing.  Learning key terms in art techniques such as Impasto and Post-Impressionism.  This clip could be useful to show a class as sometimes approaching a blank canvas, and knowing how to begin applying colour to it, is a little overwhelming.  This clip shows how freely the paint is initially applied and teaches a different method of drawing that doesn't involve using a pencil first.

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## Positive & Negative Space Artwork - YouTube

How to draw and paint an artwork based on positive and negative spaces. Check out my new website with HEAPS of art lessons at www.artventure.com.au
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The exercise focuses on negative and positive spaces and filling each with pattern, but not just any old pattern, patterns created using symbols.  A picture says a thousand words; Aboriginal art contains symbols to tell a story.  Lesson objective is to get the pupils to re-create their own work of Aboriginal art, telling their own story using Aboriginal symbols.  There are two key terms to learn; symbolism and pointillism.

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## ▶ How to Draw a Realistic Face - Drawing Lessons: A Face - YouTube

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Portrait drawing is often a daunting prospect for most adults least alone Primary aged children.  Once a child realises they can draw a portrait, through simple instruction, I feel can result in developing their inner confidence in their own artistic ability from just reaching and achieving that milestone.  This short clip, I feel, breaks down the 'brick wall' many people have surrounding the task of how to draw a realistic portrait.  It's comedy slant alleviates any preconceived perceptions that the measuring out techniques needed to be learnt are complicated.  It makes light of these overly intricate methods and proceeds to demonstrate how easy it is to create a portrait using some basic, simple rules.  Although parts of this clip are possibly a little advanced for Primary KS2 skill level (the blending technique using a brush perhaps) I still think it would useful to show to a KS2 class for the reason that children are striving to personally achieve a greater aspect of realism in their own drawings, and this method shows them a simple technique of how to achieve this and improve their mastery of drawing techniques.

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