09/12/16 – UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY MASTERS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING 2015 REVIEW INTERVIEW

I attended a review interview as part of the Masters in Teaching and Learning course that I completed last year. They asked us to reflect on our course and how it has prepared us for our first year of teaching.

https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#inbox/158e11d4b675ff83

Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria 
1 – Establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of akonga.,
Cultural Competencies 
1 – Wānanga – Participating with learners and communities in robust dialogue for the benefit of Māori learners’ achievement.,
Code of Ethics
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self,
Key Competencies 
1 – Key Competencies – Managing Self,
4 – Key Competencies – Participating and Contributing

29/02/2016 – TEACHING AS INQUIRY PROCESS

Today we had a meeting with Tamara and Pete about the Teaching as Inquiry Process. We completed a jigsaw puzzle exercise around the spiral of inquiry. The different pieces covered where:

  • Scanning
  • Focusing
  • Developing
  • New Professional Learning
  • Taking Action
  • Checking

Reporting back is well summarised in the following document.

Key understandings:

  • Keep your inquiry small and focussed on a few priority learner
  • Do not try to solve/address ALL issues or concerns, again focus in on one area
  • Maintain a holistic approach in all areas, be careful to take in all considerations/influences when analysing data or completing testing etc.
  • It is important to take on a collaborative approach to teaching as inquiry

Next steps:

– Begin to narrow down my own teaching as inquiry beginning by identifying my small group of priority learners.

Research:

(2014) H. Timperly, L. Kaser & J. Halbert. A framework for transforming learning in schools: Innovation and the spiral of inquiry. Centre for Strategic Education Seminar Series Paper No. 234, April 2014

 

Criteria this relates to:

Practicing Teacher Criteria 

1 – Establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of akonga.,
2 – Demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all akonga.,
4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,

Cultral Competencies 

4 – Tangata Whenuatanga – Affirming Māori learners as Māori. Providing contexts for learning where the language, identity and culture of Māori learners and their whānau are affirmed.,
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.,

Code of Ethics 

2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,

Key Competencies

1 – Key Competencies – Managing Self,
3 – Key Competencies – Thinking

03/11/16 – TERM 4 WEEK 3

Highlights/challenges

– 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.

Next Steps

– 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.

Personal goals this relates to:
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.
Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria
2 – Demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all akonga.,
3 – Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
Cultrual Competencies
2 – Whanaungatanga – Actively engaging in respectful working relationships with Māori learners, parents and whānau, hapū, iwi and the Māori Community.,
3 – Manaakitanga – Showing integrity, sincerity, and respect towards Māori beliefs, languages and culture.,
Code of Ethics
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,
Key Competencies
2 – Key Competencies – Relating to Others

2 COMMENTS

Ann Lane said:

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.

– 03/11/2016

Annie Bowker said:

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.

– 03/11/2016

06/09/16 – TERM 3 WEEK 6

Highlights

– Cultural festival performance. It was an incredible feeling seeing the Kapa Haka group perform at the Cultural Festival – both Raegan and I were very very proud of all of the students. It was so rewarding to see all their hard work and ours come to fruition in such an energetic and enjoyable performance. We have received so much great feedback from parents from their achievements which are great to hear.

– Getting feedback from my students. As this week marked the end of tech cycle 4 and the beginning of tech cycle 5 I sent out a google form to get some feedback from the students. I also got some of the groups to give written feedback in class. It was great to hear what the students had to say – both feedback and feedforward. I really like to hear their opinion and always aim to make the changes that they suggest (within reason of course!). Here is a link to the surveys. Yr 8. Yr 7. The downside is that just under half of the students from each year level have responded.

– Feedback about the use of A3 SOLO sheets. I was able to ask the students in my survey if they preferred using the SOLO sheets or the booklets. Of those who completed the survey almost all of them preferred the booklets – 10/14 in fact. Though this may not be an accurate representation. Perhaps I should only focus on getting more thorough feedback from a focus group. This would be something to look at doing for the cycle 5 tech group. It would also be worth adding into the survey a section asking them to justify their answer.

– Having John Key visit the classroom. It was exciting for both the students and myself to have John Key come through the science classroom and see what we were doing.

– One big highlight that I am becoming more and more aware of as the year goes on is that teaching every student in the school really helps with whanaungatanga or building relationships and feeling part of the school community. I feel very privileged that I can walk through the school and know most of the students by name, have a real conversation with them that builds on the relationship we already have and be greeted by many of the students. It also helps when I take on extracurricular activities such as sport or Kapa Haka as I already have a positive relationship with many of the students which is key to behaviour management and setting up a positive and successful learning environment. It is also a great feeling walking into any classroom at the school and seeing familiar faces! This is important because as a tech teacher you can feel a bit separated from the rest of the classrooms/homerooms.

Challenges

Feedback forms. The issue I found with this is that just under half of the students from each year level have completed the form. This means that I may not have a true representation of what the students think about my teaching and science tech. Perhaps next time I need to send out the form a week before the final week to make sure that it is completed before they leave for the next rotation. I have sent an email to the classroom teachers of this rotation to ask them to remind them about the form but they already are very busy and I completely understand if it is not their priority.

Both a challenge and a highlight

Starting a new tech cycle. Firstly this is a challenge for two reasons. One – I am often a bit sad to see some of the groups go as you begin to really get to know them and how the class operates – their strengths and weaknesses and what works for them and what doesn’t. By this time you have also built some great relationships with the class and this really helps the flow of the lessons. Two – it is challenging to get to know all the new students and their names and quickly form a connection with them. The highlights that come from this, however, is that as this is the 5th time I have done this year it is becoming easier and easier. I am finding that my confidence has grown a lot and I am able to establish positive working relationships with the classrooms quite quickly. I am also getting very good at learning names fast! 🙂

Next week

Hail articles for Marae Trip and Kapa Haka

– Review SOLO entry slips completed by all the new classes

– Analyse results from google survey

– Begin reports for cycle 4 classes

Personal goals this relates to:
To implement 2016 Technology Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO engage priority and target students in assessing themselves. ,
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.,
Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO in Science Tech help improve the delivery of curriculum and student outcomes?
Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria 
2 – Demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all akonga.,
3 – Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.,
4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
10 – Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand,
12 – Use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice,
Cultural Competencies
1 – Wānanga – Participating with learners and communities in robust dialogue for the benefit of Māori learners’ achievement.,
2 – Whanaungatanga – Actively engaging in respectful working relationships with Māori learners, parents and whānau, hapū, iwi and the Māori Community.,
3 – Manaakitanga – Showing integrity, sincerity and respect towards Māori beliefs, languages and culture.,
4 – Tangata Whenuatanga – Affirming Māori learners as Māori. Providing contexts for learning where the language, identity and culture of Māori learners and their whānau are affirmed.,
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.,
Code of Ethics 
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self

2 COMMENTS

Annie Bowker said:

Thanks Ronnie for continuing to demonstrate above and beyond commitment to our students and your own on going professional learning and practice. By being honest in your reflection about the challenges you have had recently and particularly the survey and the findings. When use of SOLO is the Technology Inquiry I guess this makes this even more challenging. Do you think it maybe because in science the SOLO rubric is taking them to the limit of thinking based on their at times introduction to the science idea and understanding? I find that sometimes when we are ‘ pushing’ students out of their comfort zone they choose to want to revert back to what they feel safe using and doing.

Looks like you have another busy week ahead and good luck for Tuesday night with your kapa haka group. Annie

– 06/09/2016

Peter Fowler said:

Hi Ronnie. Another thoughtful post. Lots of highlights for you in science but also in the extra curricula activities you are associated with. You have reason to be very proud of the kapa haka performance. I’m biased of course, but I thought the Cobham items were the highlight of the show. I would be interested in catching up with you sometime soon to talk about the A3 SOLO sheets and how they are going. Keep up the great work. Cheers Pete

– 09/09/2016

28/07/16 – VISIT STAC

On Wednesday the 15th of June I visited STAC to learn about how they are incorporating SOLO into their science curriculum from Yr 7 – 11. I met with a number of teachers who shared with me their material and how they are using SOLO as a learning and assessment tool. They also shared the feedback that they have received from a number of students who have commented on the use of SOLO helping them to manage their learning and enabling them to identify their next steps.

This has given me insight into how I could effectively incorporate it into Cobham’s science curriculum.

Next steps:

– Use SOLO entry/exit slips for each topic of work (own knowledge, peer knowledge, and next steps). Will need to scaffold some classes more than others for this process. Perhaps have examples in place.

– Incorporate one SOLO activity into each unit of work, for eg a Describe ++ map, Hooks SOLO Hexagons etc. This is to be used for formative assessment.

Finally I want to slowly modify the booklets, as I have been doing, so that each activity correlates with SOLO. This will make it easier for both students and myself to monitor student learning and next steps.

Personal goals this relates to:
To implement 2016 Technology Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO engage priority and target students in assessing themselves. ,
Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO in Science Tech help improve the delivery of curriculum and student outcomes?
Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria 
1 – Establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of akonga.,
2 – Demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all akonga.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
Code of Ethics
1 – Autonomy – to treat people with rights that are to be honoured and defended,
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,
Key Competencies 
2 – Key Competencies – Relating to Others,
3 – Key Competencies – Thinking,
4 – Key Competencies – Participating and Contributing

3 COMMENTS

Peter Fowler said:

Hi Ronnie. Really pleased that you got some value out of your trip to STAC. They have some good practices going over there, don’t they. I think your next steps are all worthy from a curriculum perspective. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you need a hand with any of your future SOLO initiatives. Keep up the open to learning mindset. Cheers Pete

– 28/07/2016

Annie Bowker said:

Great Ronnie I am so pleased that my suggestion to visit StAC was worthwhile for you. I think that you are well on the way when you note scaffolding- this means you are aware of the needs of all students.- inclusive tki and universal design for learning are other links worth checking out. I am more than willing to assist with you modifying the booklets as regular review is important. I am aware that for some strands not much has changed for awhile. Lately, I have been reading about the push for Nature of Science and career pathways that involve science. I wonder if there is an opportunity for us to integrate this into the booklets.

– 28/07/2016

Veronica Noetzli said:

Hi Annie, I would love your support in changing up the booklets – I agree, lets look at integrating the NoS into them as well. I have a number of ideas I would love to share with you.

– 29/07/2016

After school on the 27th of July, I helped Brian with Hail and how it works. We uploaded photos and generated and published two articles about water polo for the school website.

 

PRIMARY PCT WORKSHOP 1 – 05/05/16

This was a PCT and Mentor Workshop day provided by Mau Ki Te Ako on the 5th April 2016.

This briefly went over the requirements (PTC’s) that need to met by a beginning teacher in order to gain your registration. It then went deeper into the Teaching as Inquiry (TAI) process and how it is implemented. We were able to share our inquiries with fellow teachers and discuss any tips, challenges or ideas. We were also able to share some resources that we found useful for teaching and learning.

I now have a clearer understanding of how I can ensure that I am meeting the PTC’s and the type of evidence I should be collecting and were best to store it. I also have a better insight into how to conduct my inquiry.

I came away deciding that I need to simplify my inquiry and develop a clearer outline as to where I am heading. Furthermore to find an effective way to document this – most likely through appraisal connector like I am already doing.

Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria 
4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
Cultural Competencies 
1 – Wānanga – Participating with learners and communities in robust dialogue for the benefit of Māori learners’ achievement.,
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.,
Code of Ethics 
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self,
Key Competencies
1 – Key Competencies – Managing Self,
2 – Key Competencies – Relating to Others,
4 – Key Competencies – Participating and Contributing

1 COMMENT

Peter Fowler said:

Hi Ronnie. Thanks for posting. Yes maybe the next step is for you and me to get together and have a chat about where you T@I is sitting and what might need adjusting etc. Next week sometime? Cheers Pete

– 06/05/2016

USING ZAPTION – 11/04/16

I have been doing some research around different digital apps that I can use in the science curriculum and I came across Zaption.

Zaption…….’transforms video-based learning with interactive content and tools that engage learners, deepen understanding, and track progress. Teachers, trainers and instructional designers use Zaption to quickly add images, text, and questions to existing online videos. Share lessons with individuals to watch on their own, or watch together with Zaption Presenter. With Zaption’s Analytics, instructors get immediate feedback on how viewers interact with content and understand key concepts.’

I have trialled it with all my classes so far and the feedback has been very positive. The students have loved using this app and I find that they are very engaged with the learning. It also helps me with tracking each of my students as it gives me instant feedback on how they are going. I would highly recommend this to all teachers to give it a go! I am now looking at making more of my own Zaption videos to meet the needs of my lessons.

At the moment I am only on the free version which limits the amount of data that you get (you can only see how five students are tracking). For $8 a month you can upgrade and have access to all the settings which lets you track all of the students. Something that I will most likely do.

Personal goals this relates to:
Inquiry: How can digital technologies be used in science technology to increase student engagement and learning?
Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria 
2 – Demonstrate commitment to promoting the well-being of all akonga.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
8 – Demonstrate in practice their knowledge and understanding of how akonga learn,
11 – Analyse and appropriately use assessment information, which has been gathered formally and informally,
12 – Use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice,
Cultural Competencies
1 – Wānanga – Participating with learners and communities in robust dialogue for the benefit of Māori learners’ achievement.,
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.,
Code of Ethics
1 – Autonomy – to treat people with rights that are to be honoured and defended,
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,
Key Competencies
1 – Key Competencies – Managing Self,
2 – Key Competencies – Relating to Others

3 COMMENTS

Annie Bowker said:

I discovered Zaption at the 2015 library conference and one keynote speaker talked about libraries and maker spaces. I am not the digital expert who could use it. This shows you are using SAMR model in your lab classes. Do you need to get the dollars from the science budget? Great to see you matching this to the criteria. I especially like the idea of Zaption as being another alternative assessment tool.

– 11/04/2016

Veronica Noetzli said:

Thanks for your comment Annie. You could definitely use it, it is easier than you think. I would be happy to show you. I feel it would be appropriate to use the money from the science budget, that would be great.

– 12/04/2016

Tamara Bell said:

Agree – I am a huge fan of Zaption and it is great to hear you are using it in the science lab. Everytime I have seen it used the engagement and interaction from children increases a great deal so exciting stuff Veronica – karawhiua!

– 12/04/2016