Simon Templeton


    Over the last week I have been impressed with the independence of my reluctant speaker of English when it comes to his reading.

    His daily reading routine involves him selecting a book and reading i […]

  • Simon Templeton posted an update in the group Group logo of ISPP StrategistsISPP Strategists 1 year, 4 months ago

    Simon – Using prediction to increase vocabulary / comprehension. They predict what they think the word from the text means and use the words to predict (create) what they think the story is about. Does not matter if they are close to the actual story or way off track. They have to justify why they think that is the story. Evaluating to check their…[Read more]

  • My previous post I shared the work a child had done in my class translating a poem he had created with a partner using google translate. I asked the child to take his poem home to share with his parents and […]

    • Actually the link ‘google translate’ takes you to my blogpost which is actually also called ‘the problem with google translate’ where I talk about some similar problems. Mainly that students don’t know the word/concept in their mother tongue so don’t know the correct translation to choose.

  • What a great blog post. I really enjoyed listening to the “Danger of a single story”. Agree whole heartedly how we stereotype people based on what we have read from stories, books and even movies. We even perceive countries to be dangerous based on movies we watch that show violent drug cartels running around. Thank you for your great blog post…[Read more]

  • Great work Bridget and class. I am looking forward to giving this a go with my class this week. My initial reaction to Sketchnoting when I first saw it was “I am no good at art, I can’t draw neatly that fast” but seeing what your class has done has inspired me to give it a go. I wonder if many of your students felt like I did when they first tried…[Read more]

  • This week the class has been working on creating personification poems using words from the learner profile or attributes of a leader that we brainstormed during our unit. They had a template to follow […]

    • Hi Simon,
      First of all, that poem is beautiful! I really enjoyed reading that.
      I love how you scaffolded this activity with the template and then extended his learning by having him translate his poem. It would be interesting to see what his parents think of the poem (and the google translation) and whether the Japanese translation was able to convey the same meaning as the english one.
      Thanks for sharing!

    • Fantastic to see his engagement on this task. Thanks for sharing!

  • A message from students (not mine) to teachers everywhere. I thought it was very touching. You could relate this to any culture, classroom setting around the world and language. Even our new language learners. I […]

    • This really does make you stop and think – I can put up my hand and say I have said a few of these things to my students over the years. I would definitely be interesting to share this with your students and see what their thoughts are?

      Thanks for sharing Simon

  • Yes I am. Every morning I try to greet them in their mother tongue and learn some other greetings.

  • I created this video a few weeks back as I was getting frustrated with the children NOT greeting me in the morning in their mother tongue. I was inspired by what Alison was doing in her class getting her […]

    • And do you greet them in their language, Simon? 😉

    • I love this, it’s such a simple but meaningful way to incorporate and value your students’ home language! I also love that you take the effort to greet them in their mother tongue 🙂

    • Hey Simon!

      That video you’ve made is awesome, I wish we could have embedded it. I’m going to work with Marcelle to figure out why we’re having problems embedding video content. I love that you feature it on the sidebar of your classroom blog too, it really shows that you’ve made it a priority to your students to celebrate their diversity. As for your mother tongue, well, I spent all of last year thinking you just enjoyed hollering at your students in the morning. I’m still learning “Kiwi” I suppose. 😀


  • I am writing this in the hope I may gain some insight on how to encourage a none speaking English boy to write and speak. He is a reluctant speaker in his mother tongue in the class due to being so shy.  Although […]

  • Very honest reflection. I am not 100% sold on Twitter myself. Maybe I need to lurk more and find some educational Twitter’s to follow. Thank-you

  • I got this idea from another group blog where they put the learner profiles into the children’s mother tongue.  I decided to do the same for our unit. We have started to unpack our unit of inquiry “Shape of a […]

    • It is sad to think that many years ago that Maori students were punished for speaking their mother tongue and as a result their language nearly died. It is great that at ISPP and other schools around the world the students’ mother tongue is valued. Great post Simon, thanks for sharing.

    • How wonderful! Such a simple activity but the display your students have created really is a celebration of the diversity in your classroom. I’m sure this sparked some genuine conversations amongst students about their home countries and mother tongues. I can’t image a student being told off for trying to communicate in their own language. Like being told that your identity is not valued. By the sounds of it, all your students must’ve felt included and equal participants in this learning task. Thank you for sharing!

    • Such a great activity to celebrate our host country’s language! You empowered your students by allowing them to use their mother tongue. Thank you for sharing.

  • In looking at some blogs and piggy back on what Paula tweeted in regard to “Views of class rooms around the world – How classrooms look around the world”.

    I found this link on how two children get to school […]

    • Thanks for your blog post and this resource, Simon- great one to get the children thinking and discussing! It gave me an idea. Could we use this as a prompt for writing recounts? Show it to the students and then they write from someone else’s perspective?

    • What a great discussion starter. I plan to show this to my class tomorrow and see how they respond.
      We are so fortunate that we have cars, tuk tuks and motos to get to school.
      It is good to be reminded of how lucky we are and be sure we appreciate our good fortune.

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