Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Reflection about Blogging

The number of posts on my personal inquiry blog has been pretty minimal so far this year. I still have a couple of reflections to post about my experience during the lockdown levels and its impact on teaching and learning experiences for students at our school. However, when I make comparisons between how much I am blogging and how much my own children (both in Year 6) are blogging, I am put to shame.

Recently my children (boy/girl twins) reached a milestone of 200 posts each on their blogs. 200 posts!!! As a mum and teacher I was blown away by this. I noticed that a huge number of posts took place during the months of May and June. My daughter (Julianna) has been quite consistent with blogging during the year. However my son (Kristopher) somehow managed to post 230 times in the space of two months!

Something had changed for my children and I wondered why. I guess that with the changes forced upon teachers during lockdown, they had to do things differently and students had to adapt to the change.

For the first time students connected with their teachers from home via Google Meets. Students were forced to become more independent and lessons were modified and adapted to suit the interests and needs of the students. I noticed that a high level of multi-modal learning opportunities were consistently provided. Then when the students returned to school, this new style of learning and the expectation to post evidence of learning on their blogs (minus the Google Meets) continued.

Another factor for the high level of engagement that I witnessed was that my children became more competitive. They soon realised that their teachers, parents and friends were beginning to take more notice of their posts which encouraged them to post even more. They’ve even decided to challenge one another to see who can do the most blog posts. I’m looking forward to seeing how many posts they will end up with at the end of the year. I’m so proud of them. In the meantime, I need to up my game and put up a few more posts of my own.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Target Group for Inquiry Term 1 Results

10 out of 42 students in the Year 5-8 Extension group achieved at Stanine 5 or at Stanine 4 in the Term 1 Reading PAT Test. That’s quite a large number, but this might be due to the fact that there are now 21 students in each of the Extension groups instead of the usual 18. The three Year 5 students identified are new to Extension. The others have been part of the Extension group for a while now. 8 out of the 10 students achieved at Stanine 4. 

The Goal for this group of students is to achieve at a Stanine 6 or above in the next PAT Reading Test in Oct/Nov 2020.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Collaborative Inquiry - Term 1 Reflection

My inquiry this year is to focus on the students in the extension group who are achieving 'At' or 'Below Average' in the PAT Reading tests. The overall goal is to accelerate the achievement of students in literacy as well as to improve their critical thinking skills.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Inquiry Update - Week 2 Term 4

What? How to improve oral language and critical thinking skills
Why? Extension group, but still need to be able to express themselves intelligently and with confidence. To extend their thinking skills.
How? Paideia Seminars, rich experiences, links with theme for the Term
End of Term 3: Y5&6 completed Stop Motion movies, x2 Paideia Seminars

Focus for Term 4: Science focus on the Physical World. Researching info about UV light and its effects on our skin and on the Earth. Skin cancer and Global Warming/Climate Change. Making UV sensors with Ray Shah (scientist). KPMG Trip focus: Dance and Drama theme - Pop Up Globe theatre.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Inquiry Update - Week 10, Term 3

Extension Group Reflection snapshot - End of Term 3, 2019

Year 5&6 Extension:

Museum Trip over 2 days. Focus was on exploring digital technologies. VR experience was enjoyable for students. Based on ‘Something in the Water’ Inquiry theme - creating a Rocky Shore ecosystem. Coding with Dash robot - recording information about sea creatures and playing back during coding.
Stop Motion DLO’s being created - based on a theme around water or the ocean.
Film Festival movie created - students collaborated to create the script and plot for the movie. 
One movie created for 'The Outlook for Someday' competition. 
x2 Students featured in Kea Kids News on HeiHei website (Episode 6).
Term 3 Paideia Seminar.

Year 7&8 Extension:

Created movies about sustainability as DLO (Digital Learning Object) for the term.
Film Festival movie created - collaborated to create script and plot.
x2 Students featured in Episode 5 of Kea Kids News on HeiHei website. 
Term 3 Paideia Seminar

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Example of student research task: Year 5

Students were put into small groups of three. Each group had to research information related to the theme for the term. This group was asked to research from the point of view of a 'Scientist'. Other groups included the 'Conservationists, Environmentalists, Teachers, Eels and Maori Tribe.' The students were asked to look at each issue from the perspective of their group name e.g. Maori or Conservationist. This would provide an interesting point of view or point of argument during the Paideia Seminar.