By Sarah Bullivant
As a busy Mum, school leader and classroom teacher, simplicity is absolutely key. Anything that makes life easier is so valuable and so Pobble is just the ticket: a wonderful creation for the busy teachers out there!
I have known about, and used, Pobble 365 for a number of years. This is a wonderful picture resource, adored by the children, with many prompts to enhance grammar, guided reading, writing and speaking and listening. The best bit? Everything is prepared for you and yet can easily be adapted to suit specific age groups and needs.
Actually, no, that’s NOT the best bit… there is something better about Pobble 365, and Pobble as whole, that I have only recently discovered: the ‘lesson’ feature. This is a game-changer in terms of workload and usefulness.
The lesson feature allows you select not only your favourite Pobble 365 stimuli, but also the best resources from the likes of Literacy Shed, BBC Teach, TED Ed, Teachit and many other of the best content providers. Pobble has basically assembled many of the best resources and put them into one glorious search engine! Imagine that! This means if you are teaching any topic or genre, like World War 2 for example, you can select from a great range of resources without having to search them all separately, then just add the ones you might want with one click to use in your lesson! Amazing!
Another brilliant element to this is the fact that you can also add model texts or exemplars to each lesson from the Pobble site itself. I used to write my own or spend time finding suitable ones, but there are many thousands of texts on Pobble. These texts are really engaging for the children because they have been written by other, real children! They love picking them apart, analysing the strengths and weaknesses, while creating their own success criteria for particular genres. You can also add texts written by other children that are simply great teaching ideas.
Having thousands of examples indicating how other teachers have taught specific genres and topics is incredibly useful and assembling everything together in a lesson just means you can refer to it again and again without having to ‘re-plan’ it all each time! It’s a joy to see technology used so effectively to make life easier for fellow teachers.
Thank you Pobble.
Sarah Bullivant is a Teacher at Pannal Primary School in Harrogate. You can read the schools writing from across the school on Pobble.