BALTIC

Right, I have got around to doing this now!  Some time after coming up with a variation of this original idea I have now managed to put up the long awaited BALTIC board. 

So, what is it?

Well it has nothing to do with Scotland’s harsh climate.  Indeed the first idea for this was a much ‘warmer’ word.  An inspirational Modern Studies teacher in Edinburgh came up with the idea of sharing assessment best practice by putting up a pin board in the staff room called BALTI.  It stood for Brilliant Assessment Learning & Teaching Ideas.  Her idea was genuis!

I liked the idea and thought it could be transfered to online learning and in particular used on Glow.  Since then we have seen lots of what I would call learning ‘cooperatives’ operating on line.  Essentially they are hubs or drop points for great ideas that can be used for learning.

https://portal.glowscotland.org.uk/establishments/nationalsite/Enterprise%20in%20Education/default.aspx

And so with that in mind I changed BALTI to BALTIC.  At first this was also on glow:-

bit.ly/aberdeenBALTIC

BALTIC stands for Brilliant Aberdeen Learning and Teaching Ideas Cooperative.  More widely it can be called Brilliant Assessment Learning and Teaching Ideas Cooperative.  I guess the aim is to set people up in groups (or cooperatives) where they are able to give and take learning ideas that will help each other.    

Not everyone can get on to glow and so I have encouraged others to use blogs, like this one, to share the best ideas they have seen in teaching and learning.  Please feel free to add a comment with your own idea and to take some of the ideas that others have left here!  Happy reading!

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One Response to BALTIC

  1. Right, the first ideas for this post is one I heard last week from a teacher in Aberdeenshire She is promoting the idea that maths is important and evident in all areas of our work, learning and life. To do this she has set up “NUMBER SPIES”. All students in her classes have number spies pads where they can note down the times when maths has been used in a subject that is not maths.

    Taking it a stage further her students also use the pads to record discussions with parents/guardians about what they did during the day and when they used maths. What a fabby way to think about learning!

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