Standard 2 · Teacher Registration · Teaching As Inquiry

Improving Writing with Education Perfect

What is the current situation/problem? My year 9 learners find it a challenge to apply basic grammar such as punctuation, spelling, effective use of sentences and capital letters. School Goals relating to this issue: Objective 1: Challenge and support all learners to give of their best and achieve their best in their learning and the… Continue reading Improving Writing with Education Perfect

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Criterion 11 · Criterion 4 · Professional Development · Standard 2 · Teacher Registration · Teaching Standards

Using asTTle in the English Classroom

The Call to Action Today I attended Tania Linley-Richardson's comprehensive and useful workshop: "Using asTTle in the English Classroom'. For a while now I have needed professional development on using asTTle but the opportunity has never arisen. As a Head of Learning, I have felt behind the 8 ball and a bit out of my depth… Continue reading Using asTTle in the English Classroom

Criterion 4 · Professional Development · Teacher Registration

The uLearn 2016 Experience

Powhiri After checking into our Rotorua motel, Lisa, Christine and I attended a powhiri at a local marae. It was a special way to begin our uLearn experience and lovely to be welcomed in a meaningful manner. Keynotes Larry Rosenstock Rosenstock set up High Tech High in 2000 with the common principles of personalisation, real-world… Continue reading The uLearn 2016 Experience

Criterion 12 · Criterion 5 · Criterion 6 · Department TAI · Department TAI · Teacher Registration · Teaching As Inquiry

Motivation, Engagement and Consequences.

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.

Criterion 2 · Criterion 4 · Criterion 5 · Criterion 7 · Mindlab reflections

Changes in my practice

Completing the Mindlab course has been an amazing journey and I have learnt about and been challenged by many new ideas. This has led to some changes in my teaching practice, some of which are the inclusion of gamification and the adoption of transformational leadership. Classcraft Although I found writing the literature review very challenging,… Continue reading Changes in my practice

Criterion 1 · Criterion 2 · Criterion 4 · Criterion 5 · Mindlab reflections · Teacher Registration

Interdisciplinary Connections

The interdisciplinary approach is a team-taught enhancement of student performance, an integration of methodology and pedagogy, and a much needed lifelong learning skill. Interdisciplinary approach (2009). Goals At Whangaparaoa College each curriculum area has had its own paragraph structure acronym, these have included PEEL, SEXY, and TIE, to name a few. It was decided that… Continue reading Interdisciplinary Connections

Demonstrate commitment to promote the well-being of all ākonga · Mindlab reflections · Professional Development · Show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning. · Teacher Registration

Blogging for Professional Development

The social media platform that best supports my engagement with professional development is WordPress. Blogging is beneficial to me as it allows regular reflection on teaching and learning. Many posts discuss challenges and solutions based upon discussion with colleagues. This is a great way of being a reflective practitioner and processing information and thoughts. The act of… Continue reading Blogging for Professional Development

Criterion 2 · Criterion 7 · Mindlab reflections

The importance of Netiquette

Blogging and Twitter When I was teaching at Orewa College we introduced Twitter and blogging to our learners. I began using Twitter with the intention of it being a back channel to ask questions in class. However, my learners were a little immature and were soon making silly comments about each other so I had… Continue reading The importance of Netiquette

Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand. · Mindlab reflections · Respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga. · Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness

"...the most common positions taken by Maori students, their families and their school principals were those which identified classroom caring and learning relationships..." (Savage et al., 2011.) The relationships we develop with learners and their families is important. On this foundation, we can have high expectations of our learners. They are more likely to listen to… Continue reading Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness

Analyse and appropriately use assessment information, which has been gathered formally and informally. · Demonstrate commitment to promote the well-being of all ākonga · Mindlab reflections · Student Achievement Analysis · Use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice.

Contemporary Trends and Issues

Big Data "‘Big Data’ and the use of analytics can provide insights into some of the gnarly challenges associated with improving equity and excellence."(Data-driven organisations, 2016) According to Core Education, the use of Big data and analytics is a contemporary trend that is influencing education in New Zealand and internationally. This can be seen with… Continue reading Contemporary Trends and Issues