Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Inquiry - Building Voabulary

For the rest of the year, I have decided that my inquiry is going to be based on building vocabulary for students in both reading and writing. Through a series of different interactive games, I hope that I will be able to build students' vocabulary and their connections to prior knowledge. I was lucky enough to come back in time for a team season on this topic with Dr Jannie Van Hees. She gave us ideas on creating oral paragraphs, wordplosions, the importance of quick sight word recall. My postgraduate research had been based on this topic, however I am keen to continue this area of research. This week, we began with lots of reading of picture books and sight word bingo. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting the various activities we are doing in class to extend the variety of vocab and important basic sight word vocab in the class. As always, love to hear of any cool ideas you may also have!

Monday, 19 August 2019

I'm back!

I am extremely excited to announce that I am back teaching at Point England School with Mrs. Carruthers in Year 3. After 19 months backpacking Europe I feel ready to get stuck back into teaching and learning. I have an exciting inquiry for the rest of the year which I will update you with at the end of the week!

Thank you Point England School for letting me join the team again!

Friday, 15 December 2017

See you soon!

I've never been good at saying goodbye, so instead this is a see you soon - I am taking a little teaching break to go explore the world! I have had an amazing two years at Point England School and am extremely grateful to all the support I have received in my first two years of teaching - thank you everyone!

Wishing you all a lovely Xmas and all the best!

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Oh, how time flies - MDTA Graduation!

As I sat on the ferry, heading into Google Headquarters for our MDTA graduation, I reflected on the last two years. It has been one huge journey, full of its challenges but outweighed by many amazing learning experiences and memories; meeting incredibly inspiring teachers, attending many motivating professional development sessions and of course being able to have such loving students to share each day with.

I can say there was never a dull moment. I learnt that the most important thing in life is people. I have first hand seen how we have a poverty issue in New Zealand that is much greater than what many (and I before joining the MDTA) realise. I learnt that a smile makes the world of difference and that giving is much more rewarding than receiving. I also have the greatest respect for any teacher in the world who has taken on the role to inspire their class of learners, as it definitely is not an easy job. I feel privileged to be a part of the education world and kickstarting my career as an MDTA was definitely an invaluable opportunity.

There are so many people to thank for their support - I won't start naming as you all know the incredible people you are! It is a journey I could never have completed on my own, so thank you everyone and to all those who have supported my blogging journey so far as well. Here are some photos of our graduation celebration!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Manaiakalani Film Festival - Maui and the Sun!

This year our Manaiakalani Film Festival film was a retell of the story of Maui and the Sun. The children all worked really hard to make their costumes and act out all the different scenes! It was a great opportunity for the whole class to get involved and learn about green screening, filming and recording audio. Having our film screened at Hoyts on the big movie screen was definitely a highlight and the excitement from the children when they saw it come on was priceless - thank you to all those who organised this amazing event!


Monday, 6 November 2017

Celebrating Accelerated Shift in 2017!

Today Dorothy took our staff meeting on how visible learning empowers both students and teachers. We reflected on the strategies we have used this year to accelerate the learning and were asked to share a short summary of how we achieved this shift.

Here is a summary to celebrate the shift of a student in Year 2:

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Teaching Inquiry - Term 4 (Basic Facts continued...)

The students really enjoyed the basic facts challenges on our Google Forms last term (see previous post for more details). The competition aspect of wanting to move up the levels proved to be a hit and was great motivation to get them trying again and again! I did find that a few students who were starting to struggle at the higher levels were losing motivation and I feel this may have been down to their strategies not being high enough for the questions...

From this I realised, how although I wanted to have a big push in students' knowledge, I also needed them to maintain their knowledge of strategies. Therefore, I am going to include a daily recap of strategies they can use as part of our calendar maths. At the moment, I plan to have a daily question which we will solve as a class in a variety of ways with different strategies. Funnily enough at the photocopier this morning were a stack of strategy posters, which I was able to locate after a quick Google search (link to them here) and am now in the process of popping up on the wall as reference for the class.

Reflecting on my inquiry last term made me realised how hand-in-hand both knowledge and strategy go, and the importance of ensuring students are maintaining and practising these both as often as possible!

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