The Avatar Project: <br />Turning my Class into a Tribe <br />Peter O’Brien   			@peter_obrien1<br />
Project Background<br />http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/avatar-unit<br />
Project Background<br />http://www.davidterron.com/wpmu/?p=722<br />
The Real Avatar: James Cameron supports Brazilian indigenous tribe<br />http://bit.ly/al7mFu<br />
Collaborative Teaching           @mistercmj<br />
Planning<br />
Home Class<br />
Tribal values<br />Live by values rather than rules<br />Reflect on these throughout the year<br />
Launch Display<br />
Using the Blog 	forestfields-year6.blogspot.com<br />
Writing examples<br />
Writing examples<br />
Making masks <br />
Life size Na’vi<br />
Banshee Pop ups<br />
Tribal Jewellery (which turned to friendship bracelets) <br />
Tribal Symbols<br />TERRATARS!<br />I respect you<br />
Tribal Symbols<br />I need guidance<br />I am getting ready to listen<br />YES!<br />I understand<br />
Call for Guidance (based on beliefs of the Zulu Tribes)<br />word weaver<br />number bearer<br />language listener<br />th...
Haka Activate<br />Other inspirations : Zulu and Navajo dancing<br />
Haka<br />Context: This Haka was performed by this group of boys at our Forest Fields’ Got Talent Show. Note the diversity...
Celebration of work <br />
The Avatar Project: Reflections<br />Community Circles to discuss their week ‘I feel this way because…’<br />Raise self es...
The Avatar Project: Reflections<br />Sense of community, friendship/preferred working partners seemed to dissolve. <br />V...
The Avatar Project: Reflections<br />I really enjoyed the Avatar project. During SATs I got stuck on my writing and I call...
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This is my Teach Meet Midlands 2011 Presentation. After being inspired by the film and the use of social media to share good practice, I decided to post a wall wisher page in order to collect potential ideas that would create a unit of work. A few months later, I discovered a news article about James Cameron supporting an Amazonian Tribe's plight to stop a dam being built near to them. Completely inspired by a new way to look at the topic and with the help from a colleague, The Avatar Project was created. As well as having a lot of scope to improve academic skills, what we found interesting was that my classroom had became a more enriching and harmonious place as a result of this scheme of work. My Class had slowly become a Tribe...

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  1. 1. The Avatar Project: <br />Turning my Class into a Tribe <br />Peter O’Brien @peter_obrien1<br />
  2. 2. Project Background<br />http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/avatar-unit<br />
  3. 3. Project Background<br />http://www.davidterron.com/wpmu/?p=722<br />
  4. 4. The Real Avatar: James Cameron supports Brazilian indigenous tribe<br />http://bit.ly/al7mFu<br />
  5. 5. Collaborative Teaching @mistercmj<br />
  6. 6. Planning<br />
  7. 7. Home Class<br />
  8. 8. Tribal values<br />Live by values rather than rules<br />Reflect on these throughout the year<br />
  9. 9. Launch Display<br />
  10. 10. Using the Blog forestfields-year6.blogspot.com<br />
  11. 11. Writing examples<br />
  12. 12. Writing examples<br />
  13. 13. Making masks <br />
  14. 14. Life size Na’vi<br />
  15. 15. Banshee Pop ups<br />
  16. 16. Tribal Jewellery (which turned to friendship bracelets) <br />
  17. 17. Tribal Symbols<br />TERRATARS!<br />I respect you<br />
  18. 18. Tribal Symbols<br />I need guidance<br />I am getting ready to listen<br />YES!<br />I understand<br />
  19. 19. Call for Guidance (based on beliefs of the Zulu Tribes)<br />word weaver<br />number bearer<br />language listener<br />the thinker<br />movement <br />maker<br />beauty creator<br />The Spirits of Home Class<br />
  20. 20. Haka Activate<br />Other inspirations : Zulu and Navajo dancing<br />
  21. 21. Haka<br />Context: This Haka was performed by this group of boys at our Forest Fields’ Got Talent Show. Note the diversity in the group and no matter race, religion or even physical ability they are all very proud to be performing together.<br />Click on the image to view the video<br />
  22. 22. Celebration of work <br />
  23. 23. The Avatar Project: Reflections<br />Community Circles to discuss their week ‘I feel this way because…’<br />Raise self esteem from mutual respect (Using the symbol ‘I respect you’ often)<br />Praise and rewards through precious stones<br />Transfer leadership – respect a collective authority. Everyone has their place and space in their tribe and we appreciate them.<br />
  24. 24. The Avatar Project: Reflections<br />Sense of community, friendship/preferred working partners seemed to dissolve. <br />Vehicle to move children on creatively especially if your class are not a cohesive unit<br />They reflect on their own learning and identify strengths and weaknesses and look to improve or help others<br />Increases attentiveness as children demonstrated higher order listening skills<br />
  25. 25. The Avatar Project: Reflections<br />I really enjoyed the Avatar project. During SATs I got stuck on my writing and I called The Word Weaver to help me. I think it worked too. <br />Member of the Terratar Tribe<br />.<br />

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