The whirlpools get wider and wider

Our 3rd session showcased some lovely aides to learning and retention.

Teresa introduced a simple way of revisiting and testing student memories:


‘The stamen is a male reproductive organ of a flower. It produces the pollen. The stamen has two parts: anther and stalk. The stalk is also called a filament.



Mark brought his trusty IPad to demo strategies that will enhance learning…

1.Some teachers in the school have an Ipad. There is a lot of software packages available that make the Ipad a powerful learning tool and for little money. (in terms of apps). They will allow you to produce work on the fly, set up quizzes. Create rubrics for marking, You can use Idoceo (School management) You can even do the register and seamlessly connect to SIMS and Go4Schools.

2.By using the Ipad you can work the room and allow students to have an input and diffuse any disruption in the class room.

3.You can get timers and quizzes such a Kahoot and Socrative.

4.You can also record pictorial and video evidence for exams and have it saved against a students progression record.

5.It is small enough to take to parents meetings and parents evenings and deliver a comprehensive report.


Next up was Jen with some fantastic supports for student reading, understanding and retention.

‘I’ve been looking at reading and understanding properly what is read. Students cut out an article and stick it into the middle of a page. They then work through the article at their pace – highlighting key words, adding titles for each paragraph on the left and a very short summary on the right. The teacher then reads this discussing titles and summaries with the class. By doing this the students really understand difficult chunks of text.

This can then be used to check understanding but asking a big question and getting the students to answer in one minute using images on a mini whiteboard’


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It’s been a great term of teaching and learning, thank you to all Butterflyers.

Sam Cole has re-branded us as well. Love the whirlpool look!

Wow Butterflies II is well and truly branded.

Next session is Tuesday 30th April. make sure you’re there…


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