You'll know I'm an Apple advocate; laptop, phone and iPad. But when schools work with Chromebooks you have to be open minded or become a relic. I just love iMovie but it doesn't love Chromebooks so I decided to give this wee programme a decent chance. And I'm more than happy I did. I even got a certificate and this crazy badge to show how smart I was. Totally recommend doing the Master Screencaster Certification Course if you have an hour available. Your teachers and students will have a blast with this.
If you get a moment, I thoroughly recommend reading this Thinking about Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic report on approaches to distance learning during the COVID19 school closures. There are some really useful pearls of wisdom shimmering throughout.
I'm working in schools around Hawke's Bay that are making use of the MoE support package for Distance Learning. It's frantic, exhausting, but so, so rewarding. Fantastic working with teachers who are really open to ideas, who try them out and share them with me, clearly proud of their achievements. As am I. Zoom and Google Meets are impressive tools, giving students a real opportunity to build a learning community. Because they need to. One of my schools is recognising how much better their senior boys can focus virtually without the distractions around them. Their questions are heard, they learn with each other and get the work handed in. Tumeke!
While Papatūānuku is breathing, we are moving into a new paradigm of how we work with our students. I hope we'll be using these changes into the future.
Support for Distance Learning offered from MoE
I was fortunate enough to hear Ann Milne yesterday in her Colouring in Your Virtual White Spaces talk. Several really useful takeaways from this but one thing really stuck in my mind. We are going into our students homes through the digital connections, starting today. Today, we are manuhiri so have we asked whanau if we can enter? We need to be guided by the kawa of their homes. What are their protocols? Who needs to 'open the door'? What times suit them? Is there a space for this? One of my schools has responded already - they're ringing all whanau and asking these questions today, before they conference with their students. Would love to hear how you are managing this in your schools.
A really successful year for these taiohi and others at Te Aratika Academy. Stunning graduation performance, they really turned on the charm for their whanau. They smashed their UE and AS targets after a super human effort to get things across the line. Dedicated teachers showed their true hearts and I'm so proud to have been part of this mahi.
I've been working with staff and Napier Int this year to strengthen their digital fluency. We recently started focusing on enabling student agency by trialling ways students could learn to manage their time and task completion. Enter Gantt Charts - stage right! Staff are planning their term with these and putting a weekly version into Google Classroom. Their students then create their own calendars, choosing when they do the different parts of the tasks so they complete on time. We're capturing student voice at the end of the term to evaluate how supportive this process was. Keen to hear that!
Intense but fantastically useful day learning about the new curriculum progress tools website and material. I can see real applications for this material in the work I'm doing now. Great catching up with old friends and colleagues too. Apparently I'm now qualified to deliver PLD in this area!
Awesome day with staff and students of Te Aratika. Starting from the absolute beginning of time and weaving knowledge and history together to build a better understanding of the Māori world view and the impact of colonisation. Māori whare and colonial house disparity model. Powerful.
Tipene Heperi led this great day. So good!
Attended the Teaching Council’s code and standards workshop in Hawke’s Bay recently and found it really useful. The day provided clarity and strategies to ensure these are used to positively support ongoing teacher growth. A day very well spent. Strongly suggest you see if you can find one in your area. https://lnkd.in/gGk4PRG
Welcome to 2019 everyone. Hope your break was revitalising, refreshing and relaxing. This year is looking exciting for me with contracts in digital fluency, digital technologies, school wide inquiry/teacher practice, and teacher and principal appraisal. The schools I'm working with are incredibly varied so it will be a really interesting year.
For all my Inclusive Education followers, there is huge potential as a result of MoE refocusing in this area. The Tomorrow's Schools Independent Taskforce identified 'Disability Learning and Support' as one of the 8 Key Issues emerging from their review. Both say a change is needed in the way schools are supported with students who have additional learning needs. If you haven't read this paper yet, here are the 8 key issues outlined briefly.
This year I was asked to do 2 days a week as the SENCo at Napier Intermediate so Liz could take up the cluster maths lead teacher position for this year. Time to put my money where my mouth was! Huge learning curve I have to admit as I juggled deadlines and learned how everyone contributed to the overall picture. I've loved every bit of this work. It has allowed me to see this role in real terms, the practical hands on things that actually have to be done and the systems and support agencies that wrap around the role. Working closely with MoE, RTLB, SWIS (and many others), and co-ordinating their different inputs gives you access to the rich pool of knowledge necessary for this job. Working with parents, students and their teachers gives you the humanity to enable you to do it well. Making it happen within the structure of a school makes me know that the SENCOs I've worked with for the past 10 years should all be wearing super power cloaks!!! Oh, and getting my very first ORS application accepted made me think that cloak could possibly be mine too. That was a pretty special day for the team that slaved over that one.
As part of my work with Parkside Christian School, students, teachers and TAs have spent two days at HB MTG to develop skills for their current integrated unit. We are looking at how life has changed and been changed by the evolution and selection of materials, food, technologies, etc. over several hundred years. We are exploring ways of showing this digitally.
The museum is one of only three regional facilities in the country selected by Te Papa Museum to deliver the Ministry of Education-funded digital learning programme, Raranga Matihiko – Weaving Digital Futures. The focus of Raranga Matihiko is to bring technology-rich learning to students, help them tell their own stories in a culturally relevant and meaningful way and ultimately offer them further options in the future. If your school caters for Years 1-10 students in Decile 1-3 schools/kura kaupapa and is within 120km of MTG Hawke's Bay, it could be worth getting in touch
Parkside Adventist Christian School is working with me to reveal the mysteries of the digital technology world. It's exciting making these early steps with their staff and I recently had the pleasure of working with a senior class for the whole day and we left the timetable behind and 'played' with Scratch. We animated their names so with an example and the toolkit they were off while I simply acted as a provocateur. The outcomes were exciting, opened up a load of questions from the other children (Wow, how did you do that?), and allowed a different group of children to rise as future peer tutors. And I hear they are now using the new terminology across other learning areas, much to the delight and amazement of their teachers. Well done team.
Napier Intermediate School is embarking on a project based approach to learning this year, working with the local community to help achieve the government's Predator Free 2050 goal. We started thinking about this last year and on the last day of the holidays, Ruud Kleinpaste (aka The Bugman) and the Cape to City team put on a great session for staff. Teachers explored ideas around using the outdoor school environment to engage students in real issue learning. We certainly got pretty up close and personal with a few pests during the process!
It was an inspirational day thanks to the dedicated people who poured their passion into the participants. I’m excited about what will come from this day for the future thinking students and teachers at this school. and I'd love the opportunity to explore this with concept other schools. If you are able to see how the whole curriculum drips from such rich and real learning opportunities, give me a call. I've had several years experience with developing these ways of working and will guarantee it works. Genuine student directed learning in action solving real world problems.
Just attended the MoE training to deliver the DT &HM support packages so I am now officially available to schools for the new digital strands; computational thinking, and designing and developing digital outcomes. One of my schools in Napier has been approved for MoE funding for this and we will be starting very soon. Happy to talk if you want to explore the options, or get some help writing the funding proposal.
We had seriously good fun last week in Stratford with 27 Teacher's Aides from 7 schools coming together for professional learning. We learned more about our roles, some useful strategies especially around simplifying the way we give instructions (that's where the blocks came in :) and using video to self reflect and shift our practice. We finished the afternoon with some first steps programming using Duplo, blocks and paper. Not a computer in sight. I'd love to see your schools now that these amazing people are back in their classrooms with all their enthusiasm.
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Senco Workshop on the 14th March in Napier is postponed due to a clash with other meetings on the same day.