Cultural Festival

On Tuesday the 15th of August our kapahaka rōpu of about 80 students from all different cultures performed at the 2017 Cultural Festival. It was a big day with our dress rehearsal in the morning and the performance that same evening. The students were rather nervous during the rehearsal but the evening performance was incredible. It was amazing to see all our student’s hard work come to fruition while having a lot of fun!

I have really enjoyed working with the kapahaka students over the course of this year. I have learnt a lot from our kapahaka instructor and so have our ākonga. His passion and mana have really lifted our level of performance. I am happy that as a school we can provide an opportunity for all cultures to come together and learn about Māori tikanga and tradition. This is very important for us and our ākonga as we are part of a bicultural nation. Being involved in kapahaka has also helped build and maintain whanaungatanga with the ākonga, which is important when I only teach students for a short amount of time.

Link to Performance

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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.,
9 – Respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests, and needs of individuals and groups of akonga.,
10 – Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand,
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
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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

03/11/16 – SUMMARY: SIR PAUL CALLAGHAN SCIENCE ACADEMY

Participating in the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy has been incredibly valuable in advancing my knowledge in what it means to teach good science to students and why it is incredibly important. What largely impacted me was teaching science for citizenship. That teaching our ākonga the skills to think like scientist and will enable them to engage critically with the world around them. This is very important in today’s society where we are constantly surrounded to media and advertising that is often conflicting or attempting to seduce us into their way of thinking. The ability to think and act like a scientist is also important in order to adapt to our every changing world and to open doors for innovation and problem solving. I believe this has powerful potential to impact society and the future of Aotearoa in a very positive way. Is the science curriculum doing this?

The academy also broke down the science in the NZC and provided effective and powerful ways of teaching science using the science capabilities –

  • gather and interpret data
  • use evidence
  • critique evidence
  • interpret representations and
  • engage with science

and the 5E’s

  • engage,
  • explore,
  • explain,
  • elaborate
  • and evaluate.

This has been the most valuable PD I have every been on.

I have attached my notes from the conference which go further into the many ideas presented.

Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria 
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.,
5 – Show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
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
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,
3 – Key Competencies – Thinking,
4 – Key Competencies – Participating and Contributing

2 COMMENTS

Annie Bowker said:

I am so glad that finally, someone from Cobham has been able to attend. I also note the focus on Science Capabilities that is something that has not been looked at by Cobham staff- only self via TRCC Science Conference and working with Science advisors at the early stages of this component of the NZC. As we know thinking and working like a scientist is a life skill and it is hoped that this conference and our EOSecology thinking will bring our Cobham students into closer relationships, share experiences and be aware of the many opportunities for careers connected to science. Hopefully, with your new curriculum content, tudents will gain greater awareness of the way science has such a place in our world. Thanks for appreciating and valuing this opportunity to attend the Academy and to then apply what you experienced to Cobham. Annie

– 03/11/2016

Peter Fowler said:

Hi Ronnie. Pleased to hear that your participation in the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy has been a worthwhile experience for you. It is great that you have used some of your learning from the Academy to inform out programmes here at Cobham. Keep up the great work. Cheers Pete

– 14/11/2016

03/11/16 – TERM 3 WEEK 8

Can I turn teaching into a career that I absolutely love and don’t want to leave? What is missing for me?

Why am I reluctant to put in the extra effort – readings etc – to become an expert? Commit to this career?

Is it because it is not valued as a career by society?

Is it because I find myself working largely on my own and therefore I am less motivated? For example who is going to plan the units with me??

Criteria this relates to:
Code of Ethics
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self,
Key Competencies
1 – Key Competencies – Managing Self

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

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

TECHNOLOGY INQUIRY PLAN 2016 – 03/05/16

Here is a link to our inquiry plan and diary. Cilck here.

This is a working document and is continually updated.

Personal goals this relates to:
Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO in Science Tech help improve the delivery of curriculum and student outcomes? ,
To implement 2016 Technology Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO engage priority and target students in assessing themselves.
Criteria this relates to:
Practicing Teacher Criteria
4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
12 – use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice
Cultural Competencies 
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.,
Code of Ethics 
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self,
Key Competencies 
1 – Key Competencies – Managing Self

3 COMMENTS

Annie Bowker said:

So this is where we really need to arrange for you to get to StAC to meet with someone in the science department and talk to them about their use of SOLO.

– 03/05/2016

Veronica Noetzli said:

Yes Annie, that would be fantastic. It would also be good to see how they are using device/technology in the science department.

– 04/05/2016

Peter Fowler said:

Hi Ronnie Really interested in your inquiry into how SOLO might improve the delivery of the science curriculum. A couple of things: 1. I have spoken to a contact I have at STAC and she is happy for you to visit. I will email Vicki and set up a time on a Tuesday when you can visit STAC. 2. I suggest you put you name down in the Teaching as Inquiry Support Timetable doc and I can catch up with you over the next week or so and discuss where you are and what you might want to go. Keep up the great work. Cheers Pete

– 06/05/2016