So here it is, after a full week of bird watching and project development a (almost) complete guide to the Wild Life of Cramlington.
Wild About Cramlington guide.
I am meeting with the students tomorrow to run a final check and add the final map to the area.
This project would not have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who gave their time and expertise so generously. They both have great blogs on our local wildlife and birdlife in particular. Perhaps their biggest offering however was they helped the students that their learning matters to a wider community, which can explain the energy and care the students have put into producing this.
Please check out there blogs here: They both have posted about their experiences too!
My interest in the idea of sharing pedagogical purposes comes directly with the contact I have had with the Project for Enhancing Effective Learning at Monash University in Australia. Now each of these teachers were very active in establishing learning agendas with their classes. The impact they were having was inspiring. Each classroom tool can have a purpose beyond delivering content, and this needs to be shared.
I suppose the purpose of this website is collate, crystalise and open dialogues about how to increase this within classrooms. As the quote from Carl Bereiter illustrates this classroom methodology can empower our students.