Kjeldekritikk – eit undervisningsopplegg

«Målet for opplæringa er at eleven skal kunne velgje og bruke innhald fra ulike kjelder på ein sjølvtendig, kritisk og ansvarleg måte». Eit viktig mål som er henta rett ut fra LK06, kompetansemål i engelsk for Vg1. Eit stort og viktig mål, spesielt fordi tilgangen til eit heilt hav av informasjon er kun nokre tastetrykk unna. I motsetnad til læreboka er ikkje internett tilpassa utdannignsføremål eller elevens nivå. All informasjon er heller ikkje akademisk godkjent eller kvalitetsstempla som sikker. Men på den andre sida, kven er eigentleg kvalifisert til å ha monopol på å avgjere kva som er sikker kunnskap og kva som alle skal kunne ta for god fisk? Ein stat (i såfall kva stat? USA? Noreg? Nord-Korea?) Ein organisasjon? Ein enkeltperson? Og kva er eigentleg sikker kunnskap? Fleire spørsmål melder seg dersom ein tek desse tankane vidare. Eg kjenner også diskusjonar fra Exphil trenger seg framatt i minnet. Med det er ein større diskusjon. Fokuset mitt i dette innlegget vil derimot vere: korleis kan eg hjelpe mine elevar til å bli sjølvstendige og kritiske lesarar? Svaret håpar eg ligg i mitt forslag til eit kjeldekritisk undervisningsopplegg. Les meir


Social Media Surfing – a collection of resources

Inspired by the previous lecture in my Digital Competence course, I did some web-surfing on how to use social media in the classroom. And there really is an OCEAN of possibilities. I therefore decided to collect some of the resources I found to perhaps save some of you  from getting lost at sea.. Les meir

Reflections and resources: The importance of critical thinking

In a digital world with a constant flow of information, critical thinking is more important than ever. According to Fremmedspråksenteret, the ability to critically reflect upon both information and practices is one of the basic foundations in a digital competence. This is also clearly pointed out by the Department of Education, in for instance in Læringsplakaten, where it is stated that it is the school’s responsibility to stimulate the learner to develop his/her own learning strategies and the ability of critical thinking.

Therefore, when I came across this video and some posters about learning critical thinking I thought it might come in handy, not only for my self, but also for my students and my readers? Les meir

Nynorskjenta som nynorskvikar

For ei stund sidan blogga eg om Lektor Hernesvold som hadde vore vikar for meg i engelsk. I dag var det min tur å vere vikar for ho, men denne gongen i norsk på Vg3. Instruksane eg hadde fått på førehand var Frode Grytten og novella «Guten med den blå gitaren», i tillegg til frie tøyer til å gjere det eg hadde lyst til utover det. Eg ville dermed prøve meg å på gjengjelde den digitale tenesta ved å bruke Twitter på ein eller anna måte, i eit håp om å friske opp nynorsken for elevane. Eg er jo trass alt stor nynorskentusiast og synes Ivar Aasen (bilete) var ein framifrå kar! I dette blogginnlegget kan du derfor lese om korleis det gjekk, samt lese elevanes heilt eigne (og imponerande) Grytten inspirerte Twitternoveller! Les meir

Can stress kill you?

With lots to do in my masters program, as well as English essays  in need of assessment piling up at work, I am feeling a bit stressed. But what else is new? I am always a bit stressed. Even when I might not have a reason to be. So when I came across this video, I was intrigued, and also a bit worried. Can being stressed affect my health? Or worse. Can you actually die from being too stressed?

Watch this to find out!

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#RabbitProofFence #SubstituteBrilliance #Twitter

As a variety of social medias are highly relevant for my 16/17 year olds, I have been scratching my head thinking I should try and use it in the classroom sometime. In a purposeful and educational way obviously, since it it very much exists there already on a daily basis. One of the medias I find particularly interesting is Twitter, which my collegue Lektor Hernesvold has blogged about on different occasions. So when she was substituting for me last week, guess what! She brought it into the classroom for me, and I LOVED IT! After the students had finished watching the film Rabbit Proof Fence she asked them to simply tweet about it (on ITL though, but still), and I could not stop smiling at my students comments. Here are some of my favorites:

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Trying out collective writing in the classroom

Yesterday, my students were going to work on Aboriginal Australians and learn more about the history of the Stolen Generation. I find this topic very interesting, so I had a lot of ideas about how I wanted to approach the three lessons at hand. I had found a variety of resources that I could use, but as always, the problem isn´t really to find suggestions for contents in a lesson, but to limit myself and finding out what would be the best approach. I wanted them to read something, do some writing, some oral activities, as well as perhaps listen and practice communication skills. And in addition, try out a digital tool.

The choice landed on using NDLA´s tool for collective writing, and use this approach to working with texts as a starting point.

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«Hello person I’ve never met before! Here’s a high-five!»

A few days ago I felt like taking a study-break with the Kid President. I have previously posted his pep-talk to teachers and students here (which we all should see from time to time), but this time I came across his list of 20 things we should say (or do) more often. Like for instance giving people more high-fives! It came to mind that many of the words from his list is simply basic politeness phrases and useful expressions in your everyday life, and for that reason important for ESL learners as well. I therefore brought it into the classroom for my special needs students, and here´s how it went!

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What foreign languages sounds like to non-native speakers

Scandinavians are often great with languages, but this girl takes it to a whole other level. She isn´t speaking any real foreign tongue in this video! She has simply made up the words, but studied the intonation and phonology of the different languages. Even though I don´t speak most of these languages myself, it would say that it sounds completely native like and quite impressive!

Perhaps something to use in class to illustrate the importance of pronunciation, intonation and phonology when speaking a foreign language?

Watch the video here and be AMAZED!

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«The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time»

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour’s lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets – for both Christopher and the rest of his family. (Source: The Guardia


I just finished the final page of Mark Haddon´s best selling novel «The Curious Insident of the Dog in the Night-Time», and I LOVED IT!  I simply HAD to write a blog post about it with my warmest recommendations for all readers out there! I particularly liked it from a teacher´s perspective because you can actually learn a lot about children with Autism and Asberger´s syndrome, and you get do dive into their way of thinking.

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