Showing posts from 2018

Learning 'Language' at our first COL meeting

The kaupapa of our Manaiakalani COL team focuses on “Recognising and spreading sophisticated pedagogical practice across our community so that students learn in better and more powerful ways...”.

As an Across Schools COL teacher this year,  I have the opportunity to 'recognise' and 'spread' pedagogical practice not just within my own school, but across the cluster.  I am looking forward to the challenge and acknowledge that it is a big role to undertake.

At our first COL meeting, we discussed our big idea for the year 'Language in Abundance' and we were fortunate enough to hear from Dr Jannie van Hees.  Dr van Hees is an expert in 'Language' and has studied why talking matters related to 5 - 6 year olds at school.  We were given an example of how a child would feel, if they were told instructions on how to make a kite.  Through each of the stages, I thought a lot about assumptions and when I am teaching students, do they really understand the language …

When the Context drives the Learning...looking at the 'Big Picture'.

Over the past few years, I have been working with Jacquie Bay from the Liggins Institute to develop and implement a context embedded curriculum for our year 9's.  A recent study published by Jacquie and the team, trialled a context embedded science based curriculum within a number of different schools, including our own. "Adolescents as agents of healthful change through scientific literacy development: A school-university partnership program in New Zealand" found that when students learnt about what they were eating, they made changes in their attitudes towards food habits. This in
turn had the potential to 'improve long-term health outcomes for adolescents'(1).

'Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of preventable ill health, related disability and premature death in the world today(2)'.   Part of the Liggins kaupapa is to support schools like ours, to educate our young people on this epidermic, through a context embedded curriculum.  …

The Inquiry continues...2018

A wise woman once said to me "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" (little did I know Albert Einstein had said the same thing and look where it got him!).

My inquiry for 2017 looked at addressing our 'Achievement Challenge number 4: Raising the achievement of boys writing and specifically using effective & engaging strategies to lift the achievement of boys’ writing. As I reflect on my inquiry in 2017, I felt I had learnt a lot about my capabilities as a COLs teacher and realised that  I only knew what I knew because I was comfortable and felt safe in the knowing of it.  I knew how to motivate my class to write by offering exciting things to learn, but when it came to outputs and actually writing for achievement, sadly their results were well below my expectations.

This year, I want to continue addressing this challenge, because I felt I didn't do enough, nor did I challenge myself to do the best that I could'…