Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Interview: Meet Mr. Mannell

Mr. Mannell is a retired teacher who lives in New South Wales, Australia. Although he is no longer in the classroom, he is a virtual volunteer in classes all over the world. His blog, Extended Comments for Students, has wonderful blog posts that extend the learning in numerous classrooms. For example, we had a post on our blog about biographies, and students left comments as if they were a famous person. Mr. Mannell contributed an amazing one from Albert Einstein!  In addition, he did a solid post about Rocks and Minerals! Finally, everyone loved learning about kangaroos and koalas on this post! 

Photo by Mr. Mannell

Photo by Mr. Mannell

Be sure to look through Mr. Mannell's archive! It is a treasure trove of information! 

We enjoy learning so much from Mr. Mannell, we set up an interview to learn about Mr. Mannell!
(An interview is a question and answer session set up to learn more about a person or topic.) 

Here are some photos from our interesting interview! 

Google HangOut with Mr. Mannell on PhotoPeach

Do you have any additional questions for Mr. Mannell?

What is your favorite Mr. Mannell post?

Do you ever leave comments for other bloggers? How does that help build a learning community?  


  1. It is so wonderful to see Mrs Yollis' class building such strong global connections. You are very fortunate to get to learn from people all over the world. I hadn't seen Mr. Mannell's blog before, so thank you for sharing.
    My students have just started blogging and we think it is wonderful for people to share ideas through commenting. We have friends in the UK who will be starting a unit on Australia and we can't wait to tell them a little bit about where we are from.

    Thanks for being such amazing blogging role models.

    From Mrs Bates and 3LB

    1. @ Mrs. Bates and 3LB,

      Thank you for your kind comment! We have developed friendships all over the world, and all through blogging! It has been such fun!

      Mr. Mannell is one of those wonderful teachers who continues to give, even in retirement.

      Happy blogging!

      ~Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    What a surprise to see a blog mentioning me. I usually hide behind my screen and send out words and pictures. :)

    I enjoyed our HangOut! session. It's fun to share in this way but it made me think about the background. I may have to find more flags if other countries want to Skype or HangOut!.

    I wonder, if I had a session with a school in Australia, would I have to hand our state flags? This could be the start of a big selection. :)

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    1. @ Mr. Mannell,

      Thanks so much for the fabulous Google HangOut! The class and I loved spending time with you, learning about the world, and using new technology like Google HangOuts.

      I loved how you set up for the call with the two national flags. It was especially fun to see what it looked like from out your window. It is so hard to comprehend time zones, but seeing that it was morning there really brought it home.

      Thanks for all you do for our class and for your blogging buddies all over the world. You are an inspiration!

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. It's great to see you working intercontinentally with the talented, interested and super-helpful Mr Mannell, I am hoping to persuade my school that Australia would be a marvellous topic for us to study next year - so dig out a UK flag in anticipation, Mr Mannell! We are always happy to see comments from Mr Mannell and particularly benefited from his contributions to Our World, Our Numbers and his interest there. Thank you Mr Mannell, and thank you Mrs Yollis for recognising his valuable contribution to the educational blogging community in this way.
    Mrs Monaghan
    A Room with a View, UK

    1. @ Mrs. Monaghan,

      It is always so much fun to connect with our blogging buddies throughout the world. Comments are a great way to learn from one another, but there is nothing like seeing someone's face and hearing their voice to complete the picture.

      I know Mr. Mannell would love to connect with your class. He is a wealth of information, as you well know, and is always happy to help.

      I'd love for our classes to be able to connect! Too bad our time zones don't line up very well. What about a Meet Mrs. Monaghan session? :-)

      You blogging buddy,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

  4. I would love to connect with your class and will be thinking of ways to do it over the summer, so that we can DEFINITELY do it next year! Would be more than happy to do a 'meet Mrs Monaghan'... and meet you and your class too.
    Enjoy your holidays, one and all!
    Mrs Monaghan


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