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‘Tool Management’ Evolution

During my Literacy lesson this afternoon, the children were very busy writing a persuasive text when I noticed Fern staring into space. She then got back on task but about 3 minutes later she approached me very quietly and said “Psssssst… Mr. Mitchell, you need to listen to the conversation that Matthew and Thomas are having!” I immediately (just like most teachers) thought the worst and replied,
“Go on…”
“Well, they’re talking about how they can improve their writing and I’ve not heard them talking like that before, I think we should record their conversation.”
Now, you can hear the recording at the bottom of this post, however, what’s important here is the shift in tool management. Fern recognised something special that was going on in class, decided to approach me, decided on the best tool for the job and managed to record something special that was happening. Both Matthew and Thomas were over the moon to have Fern act in this way.

My toolbox of learning tools has evolved into the hands of my learners! Shouldn’t that have always been the case?

I’m going home today, quietly satisfied that my pupils’ learning is evolving in a way that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I sincerely hope so anyway!



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  1. John McLear
    May 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm #


  2. Leon Cych
    May 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    It was only a matter of time 😉

  3. David Mitchell
    May 5, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks for the comment john! I thought so too! 😉

  4. David Mitchell
    May 5, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Hi Leon,

    I guess it is becoming ‘normal’ to the pupils and it is a natural next step to shift ownership of these resources and tools! I thought it was exciting enough to blog about! Thanks for commenting!


  5. José Picardo
    May 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Hi David,

    Pupils don’t think any more in terms of just pen and paper.

    Their tool box is larger than their teachers’!


    • David Mitchell
      May 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      Agree Jose, I was just shocked at how even 10-11 year olds have taken learning into their own hands.

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