Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Testing, Collating, Analysing

From the beginning of week 2 students were tested on PROBE, GLOSS and PAT.  Data collected and shared with learners.  Very powerful to see shift and progress made by some of my learners.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Term 4 Rolling In - Feeling Successful

Term 4 Week 1  & 2 
Empower my learners by giving them decision -making power.
Learners were given topics of learning to choose from. For example during maths, I conduct a workshop on a topic, an expert in maths conduct a workshop on a different topic, the other teacher did another topic or students choose to work independently from the class site. 
This was amazing. There was buzzing noise of learners talking about their choices and learning.  I wish I have done this earlier.
On the other hand, I have learners that need support in making decision about what their learning need.  Again, this worked particularly well with maths. 
Writing was great too. We run workshops on different elements of writing. Thanks to R.Anderson from PB school for her writing slides.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Extra Support

During the first week of the holidays, I opened my learning space for workshops in reading , writing and maths. My learners were free to come. In the 3 days, I had 10 learners who want extra help. It was great to work with these learners. It showed the commitment they have for their learning.  I look forward to see their progress in term.  Well done to those learners.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Term 3 Reflection

Term 3 Reflection

FOCUS : - Empower Learners through Talks

This worked really well during maths as Talk Moves strategy was adopted and used. This has promoted discussion and sharing of ideas and understanding. This was particularly successful as learners talk using talking frame - this is sentence starters. Learners are gifted with language to be able to express their thinking. 

Feeling successful with it.

However, on the other hand, literacy did not go well. Lots of conversation but not much produced by learners. I have lots of hunches to why this is happening. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Learning Among Teachers

Trip to Toki Pounamu Cluster in the West Coast was a very rewarding experience. Through listening, observation and conversation with the group, I build capacity to my knowledge and understanding of our Manaiakalani ways and pedagogy of teaching and learning. Visiting schools stirred a strong sense of appreciation of where we are and the work we do here in our schools.
Working in a small school has its pros and cons. I appreciate that St. Pius is not that small. It flashed back memories of how far I (St. Pius X School ) has grown in this digital era and using the Manaiakalani phyloso