At Whangaparaoa College, a few of us have been chatting about the possibility of trialing interdisciplinary learning in 2018. For a while, I have been pondering how we could make this happen without too much disruption to the timetable. After a fruitful lunchtime conversation with my friend and colleague, Debbie Culliford, the light went… Continue reading Our Interdisciplinary Learning story
I have a dream! A vision of learners who are excited to come to school and learn because they have chosen what they will learn about and how they will do it. Their learning is totally personalised. If I was at school today I would want to learn how to form a rock band, write… Continue reading Can we truly personalise learning?
Have I seen any improvement in the learning/behaviour of my PLs so far this year? I have 9 priority learners in my year 9 English class, there were 11 but 2 have been moved to a different class. They comprise of a mixture of Maori, Pasifika and Pakeha learners whose curriculum level ability range from… Continue reading Year 9 Priority Learner Progress
When brainstorming ideas for Teaching as Inquiry, our department focus became centred around how we could encourage our learners to complete their learning. This is a challenge that many of us face. We decided that we would link our TAI to some of the Whangaparaoa College school goals which include: Objective 1: Challenge and support… Continue reading Motivation, Engagement and Consequences.
RESEARCH TOPIC AREA The research topic area that will be addressed is the impact of gamification on assessment results. In the reading that I have completed there is much evidence of improved engagement and motivation when game based learning and gamification are utilised in the classroom. “On the one side, experiment qualitative analysis suggests that… Continue reading Gamification and Assessment
In the beginning... My year 10 class have studied Shakespeare's The Tempest this term and, after reading the play, I began to introduce the work that we would do - a PBL unit in which they would create a multi touch study guide to be shared. After I had explained the project one student piped… Continue reading A life of its own!
At Orewa College we have recently finished our senior Practise Exams. I asked my students to reflect on how they did in their exams and also asked what they would find useful as a revision activity. A few students asked for help on how to develop a body paragraph. I teach PEEL (Point, Example, Explanation and… Continue reading Developing a Body Paragraph
The SAMR model, created by Ruben Puentedura, has had a huge influence on the way that we use technology in our teaching at Orewa College. When we first became a BYOD school we marvelled at the fact that our year nines were now writing essays of 500 words with ease and without complaint whereas, previously,… Continue reading From Essays to Teen Talks
Over the past few weeks my Level 2 Viewing and Presenting class have been studying The Matrix(1999) directed by the Wachowskis. Students who choose to do Viewing and Presenting are typically students who find reading and writing a challenge so choose an option which focuses more on the visual aspects of English. This film study… Continue reading Entering the Matrix
I have 2 year 10 English classes, one is an extension class but it is not this class that I am writing about today. I have just completed entering the grades for my mainstream year 10 class and have had a pleasant surprise - 10 Excellences for the visual text essay! This is unheard of… Continue reading An Unexpected Outcome