These are the links for the Aberdeenshire materials which work really well with the MacWrites. Thanks to all those at Aberdeenshire Libraries who created the materials and are allowing us to use them.
To assist you and your students with inquiry-based learning, the school librarians in East Lothian introduce you to the MacWrite Clan. Together they form a research toolkit for students. You can use the whole kit with whole classes or individuals, or use single tools with whole classes or individuals – which ever suits your needs and the learners’ needs best.
There are 2 versions of the MacWrites. One is designed for secondary students, the other for primary students and those secondary students who need additional support.
Each version comes with additional materials to encourage students to become effective researchers. Usually this will be additional copyable resources. Some of these are materials created and used by the school librarians, some are from a pack produced by Aberdeenshire Libraries. You are free to copy and adapt these to suit your requirements. Please acknowledge either East Lothian or Aberdeenshire as the source when you do so. The MacWrites and the Aberdeenshire material are licenced under Creative Commons.
If you want to discuss any of the content please contact any of the six secondary school librarians:
Sally Cochrane, Preston Lodge High; Ian Forshaw, North Berwick High; Anne Johnston, Dunbar Grammar; Moyra Lumsden, Ross High; Bill Plain, Knox Academy; Alison Scott, Musselburgh Grammar.
Did you know that four new Curriculum for Excellence Factfiles have recently been published on the LTS website? These factfiles provide information on Curriculum for Excellence and are particularly useful in communicating with parents and wider partners who support learning, such as employers and community organisations. The four new factfiles cover: Literacy across Learning; Numeracy across Learning; 3-18 Transitions; and Outdoor Learning
CPDMeet is next Monday with George Smuga, who is going to be leading – Moving from the Broad, General Education to the Senior Phase.
Here’s the breakdown:
George Smuga is currently acting as a free lance consultant working with Learning and Teaching Scotland and a range of local authorities. George was Head Teacher at The Royal High School before being seconded to the Scottish Government as a Professional Adviser in 2007. Prior to this he was Head Teacher at North Berwick High School and for a period was seconded to work with East Lothian Education and Community Services Department. Whilst with the Scottish Government, George was involved in the drafting of Building The Curriculum 3 and undertook a large number of engagement events around the country to explain the key messages of BtC3 and to help local authorities and schools in implementing its recommendations. He worked with LTS colleagues in the Testing the Framework initiative – this later became known as Building Your Curriculum. Recently George has been active with LTS in helping to develop Senior Phase case studies and to continue to work with Head Teachers, curriculum planners and local authorities in work on this aspect of curriculum planning.
This will obviously be a must-participate discussion for anyone involved in curriculum planning in secondary schools, especially in the senior stages of secondary. The discussion will take place in the CPDCentral meeting room next Monday, 21st March at 4 pm.
It just takes a few simple steps to sign up – all you need to do is follow the instructions on the information panel in the link to the CPDMeet here.