– This week was the beginning of the final cycle in technology. It is both exciting and challenging meeting the new students. In order to build a good rapport with students quickly say my mihi and share a bit about myself, making connections and finding common ground. As the year has gone on I have become much more confident in doing this with the students and I enjoy being able to find commonality between us. When good relationships are established quickly I have noticed that engagement is much higher and classroom management is easier. I also find that the students are much more comfortable in the classroom and are willing to take risks. For some classes, this takes a bit longer than others. This could be an area to explore for the year 7’s in 2017. I look forward to seeing how already having a relationship with the 2017 Yr 8’s will impact the learning environment.
– I trialed some new lessons for the year 8’s around acids and bases and letting them explore in the lab. This freedom to explore really increases engagement and gets them thinking like scientists rather than following a list of instructions. It also helps break down the stereotype that there is always a ‘wrong’ and ‘right’ answer in science. Rather the thinking should be that whatever you observe happens as a result of your actions and scientists need to make connections between what they did and what they observed.
– I completed my self-appraisal. This has been great for giving me an opportunity to reflect on my classroom and find areas which I want to work on.
– Trial other lessons with the year 8’s – Air Rockets, Bunsen Burners/Combustion.
– Looking into Science Roadshow lessons and use the 5E’s and Science Capabilities.
– Put some thought into what works best as the first lesson for yr7’s and 8’s in order to ‘set the stage’ for science technology and to build effective relationships with ākonga.
School Wide Goal 2016 – Cobham teachers and leaders will use the Tātaiako competencies of wānanga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tangata whenuatanga and ako to ensure their teaching/leadership behaviours and practice are about knowing, respecting and working successfully with Māori learners, whānau and iwi.
3 – Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
3 – Manaakitanga – Showing integrity, sincerity, and respect towards Māori beliefs, languages and culture.,
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,
You are making great gains in all areas. I admire the way you are self assessing and reflecting on your daily practice.
Technology is also closely related in that trialling is part of the process. Making mistakes is part of the learning and often there is not a right or wrong answer.
Looking at the variables is important and working out why things have turned out the way they have is part of the process.
I have no doubt that you are reflecting and evaluating as to what works best for learners and I congratulate you as a PRT to be focussed not just on your lessons but the way you seek to build relationships . You are constantly reviewing the programme and your implementation of the science lab lessons. I note that you have planned to allow year 8 students to have more ownership of their learning and that you have observed the increase in engagement. This observation is worth thinking about for 2017. Can year 7 get a lab licence and once this is achieved have more ownership and self direction around what they are investigating.