Monday, February 08, 2010

New website
Huge excitement!!!!

We have just launched our new website
Our blog will now be part of our web so go and explore!

We would love you to ask questions, leave comments and pass the link on to others.

Discovery Time continues to gain enthusiastic support from around the world.

Thank you for following our progress

Brenda and Gay

Monday, February 01, 2010

Interesting listening.
Monday Feb1 on the Nine to Noon programme, Kathryn Ryan had very interesting interviews with:
Prof. Robin Alexander from the Cambrige University Education review team.
Prof Tom Nicholson from Massey University.
Ray Newport from the School Trustees Association.
-go to Radio NZ to hear their opinions.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

........our web page is nearly up and running!
Keep watching!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Reading Forum vol.24 no.3 2009

The latest Forum magazine from the Manawatu branch of the NZRA would have arrived in your schools at the end of 2009.
Look out for the article re Discovery Time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Teacher Aides are wonderful!

Using a small room to store equipment keeps things accesible.

Label the shelves, have a whiteboard for reserving equipment and releasing your teacher aide 10 minutes before interval to receive equipment students return and check its all OK makes for good management!

Keep a box for misplaced pieces and at the end of the term make a good effort to find the right container.

Organising for the new year.

It is a good idea to have a central resource area for all the equipment your team share.

This is a great cooking trolley with cupboards for equipment and a good working space on top for cooking.

Remember its a good idea to laminate a list of equipment that should always be on this trolley.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Emotional Intelligence.

-from recent Edutopia release:

"Emotionally intelligent individuals stand out. Their ability to empathize, persevere, control impulses, communicate clearly, make thoughtful decisions, solve problems, and work with others earns them friends and success. They tend to lead happier lives, with more satisfying relationships. At work, they are more productive, and they spur productivity in others. At school, they do better on standardized tests and help create a safe, comfortable classroom atmosphere that makes it easier to learn."

Discovery Time provides an excellent environment where students can develop positive relationships.