Saturday, 30 June 2018

Parrant Inquiry 2018 Term 2 Final Update

This term I have had a break through with some of my learners and using DMIC maths in the classroom. We had to go back to basics and learn things like how to show that we are listening and how to share ideas with each other. This is still an ongoing process however my learners are starting to show that they are able to share their ideas with each other and also question each other on how they got the answer. It has also been great to see the learners being able to use language and terminology that supports their learning and show that they understand the learning strategies. 

I think we have made some progress in class this term. I need to work on making sure that I am able to show the learning and what is happening and come up with an effective way to show this in data. I will focus on this next term and have a pre and post test at the beginning and the end of the term to see which vocabulary they are using and what they need to work on to strengthen mathematical language.  I would also like to continue to focus on making sure that I am using this vocabulary in other subject areas to strengthen this language and make it stick. 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Parrant Inquiry 2018 Term 2 update

Term 2 Inquiry Update

This term I have had a real break through with my maths class. We have set up group norms and what DMiC will look like in room 8. DMiC has been working well in our class as I am able to see and hear my learners using this new vocabulary when figuring out the answer to the story. They are using this vocabulary in their discussions with each other and also with explaining how they got the answer. When I first started this new way of teaching I was worried that I was going to loose my low achievers from pitching the lessons to my higher learners. However what I have found so far is my learners being able to explain how they got an answer rather than just telling me the numbers. My learners who usually sit back and let everyone else have the conversations have started to speak up. 

In relation to my inquiry for this year it has helped me to be able to see my learners using the vocabulary that I am wanting to see this year in the classroom. It started from my learners having conversations about this is a plusses question or I plussed 10 and 12 and got 22. My learners are now starting to say I added 10 books to 12 books and ended up with 22 books. They are starting to use the story to help rather than just looking at the numbers. 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Term 1 Inquiry Update

This year my focus is on how to get my learners to use and understand mathematical vocabulary. I have had some interesting moments this term where I have assumed that my students know something and moved on to the next stage. Is this where the holes are creeping into their learning with my teacher assumptions? I have thought about this over the course of the term and has been something that I have had to work on as a teacher and make sure that I am knowing where my learners are with their vocabulary and making sure that it not the only thing holding them back from succeeding. 

How will I measure this? 
This is somewhat still a question that I am asking myself at the moment and trying to think of some creative and successful ways to measure this and see that it is working otherwise what is the point right? Some ideas that I have so far is a test before the we have completed the strategies and then after to see if the constant use of vocabulary has worked. I did find last year during our school space inquiry that my learners picked up information very quickly about the planets with being able to see the information displayed on the posters on the wall. They were able to tell me information that we hadn't even discussed in class which is why I am trying to use the word wall in my class and hope that will make an impact as well as discussing it further. I think I have managed to create a class environment where the learners are gaining confidence in being able to ask me or the class if they come up with a word they are unaware of. 

Where to next? 
I will continue to use my word wall in class and make sure that I am directing my learners attention to it when they are stuck for a word. I will also make sure that my learners are exposed to this language in their word problems so that it is something that they are hearing and seeing more in the class. I will also continue to keep getting my learners to explain what the question is asking them so that they are thinking about the vocabulary and what is actually being asked of them. 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

2018 Maths Inquiry

This year I will continue to inquire into my mathematical teaching and how to improve in my own practice so that my students are getting the best out of their teaching time. This year my focus question is: How to get my learners to use and understand mathematical vocabulary. I have found from the beginning of this year that there are many terms and vocabulary words that my learners are still unsure of in year 6. 


I want to focus on ensuring that my learners are getting all of the vocabulary they need in maths in order to succeed. I am going to set up a maths vocabulary word wall so that all of the new terms that we come across and discuss as a class will be accessible to my learners at all times. I also want to make sure that my classroom is a space where my learners aren't afraid to ask questions when they are unsure of the terms that I have used in my teaching. We have been working as a whole class to make sure that we are asking questions if we are unsure and also when answering mathematical questions we are referring back to the items that we are using in our problems so that they have more meaning and the knowledge will hopefully stick. 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Accelerated Shift

This week at our staff meeting we were looking at accelerated shift in our learners. This year our inquiry focus is around maths, I have found one of my students who has made accelerated shift this year and I have been very impressed with their results so far. I am still needing to GLOSS test this student but the data below from a PAT test suggests that this student is one who has made significant process this year. In our meeting we looked at how Learn, Create and Share has an impact on accelerated shift and from looking at this particular students blog and how they have shared their work this year it is clear to see that the Learn, Create and Share process has been invaluable to this students learning and improvement. Can't wait to see how this student achieves in there GLOSS which I will complete in the next week or so. Will be able to update the progress when this has been done so watch this space!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thinking ahead

Today was the last PLG for the year and today we had a look at what makes a site great and how it should be accessible and visually appealing to not only our learners but our whanau and community as well. We look at the importance of making learning visible to not only us and our students but everyone that we want to engage with. We discussed how visible learning fits with making our learners connected, ubiquitous and empowered. Todays session looked at how all of these elements fit within Learn, Create and Share within Manaiakalani kaupapa and pedagogy.  

Our final activity for today was to look at what we are going to be doing with cybersmart in our classes next year when we don't have a specific cybersmart lesson for us as well. I have been fortunate enough to learn so much from Fiona and also others in my team, school and CoL. I will use these ideas in my own teaching of cybersmart next year. As a team at Pt England we have also discussed how we need to make this an important element of our teaching and have this as something that is timetabled in each week so that our student's are getting exposure to this and know what it is to be a cybersmart student in this day and age. My plan for my teaching is above which I will be trying to use in my teaching next year. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Final Digital Fluency Intensive

Today was unfortunately our last day with our digital fluency intensive we had the opportunity to sit our level one Google exam. I am please to be able to say that I passed and am now level one certified. At the beginning of this 9 weeks I wouldn't have thought it would be possible to pass the exam but over the last 8 weeks I have been taught so much about google and what is available to me and also what is available to use in my classroom. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity from my school and also from Manaiakalani. I would also like to thank Dorothy, Matt and Gerhard for all of their help and support over the last 9 weeks in getting me to becoming digitally fluent. 

I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing teachers from other schools during my time on this course as well. This really has been an incredible opportunity and I have learnt so much and know I will continue to learn more as I explore google. I am really excited to use all of these new skills and tools from this course in my classroom in the next term and cannot wait to see the results I get from my students.