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Inquiry Update, Week 5, Term 1

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Kia Ora, Talofa and Happy Tuesday

A reminder of my Inquiry Focus for 2018:
Lift Achievement in Maths for all students year 1- 13.
Our overarching  school focus is: Acquisition of Language. I will be inquiring into:
Would integrating the teaching of strand maths with number, help kids to better acquire key mathematical language, raising their achievement?
I had my first real go of a DMIC Maths session this week and it worked really well. I must say I was apprehensive at first and a little scared to give it a go, however, I guess this is normal when starting something new that you haven't done before!

I was doing some research online, and came across this article on 'Education Aotearoa' by Jannie Van Hees, who ran our first CoL PD arund language acquisition in children. I found it really interesting and I wanted to share what I took from it. Below I have copied and pasted some highlights from the article. Please note this is taken from http://ea.org.nz/conversational-classroom…

Inquiry Update

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Kia Ora, last week I introduced you all to my Inquiry Topic for 2018:

Here is a reminder of what that is if you missed my previous blog post:

This year I have chosen to focus my inquiry around the

Manaiakalani Achievement Challenge 6:
Lift Achievement in Maths for all students year 1- 13.
Our overarching  school focus is: Acquisition of Language. I will be inquiring into:
Would integrating the teaching of strand maths with number, help kids to better acquire key  mathematical language, raising their achievement?
I wanted to give you a little update this week on what I trialled in my maths class and how it went.

I started teaching Multiplication this week. I have integrated the teaching of the strand of Measurement, in particular Time.

What did I do this week to foster 'Acquisition of Language'.

1) Integrating strand into my teaching allows for the children to be exposed to rich language, and an abundance of language, basically every day. In terms of time there are so many words the …

Mia Szymanik Manaiakalani CoL Inquiry 2018

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Kia Ora. I am delighted to be a within schools CoL teacher at Point England Primary School for 2018.

I will be using the Manaiakalani cluster inquiry framework to focus my inquiry and make my learning and teaching visible in 2018. This framework has been co-constructed specifically for Manaiakalani schools drawing on the New Zealand teaching as inquiry framework and using the Learn, Create, Share pedagogy as a guide for inquiry.
Throughout the year I will label my blog post to make sure it is easily accessed by others. I will label them using the Learn, Create, Share structure.

This year I have chosen to focus my inquiry around the

Manaiakalani Achievement Challenge 6:

Lift Achievement in Maths for all students year 1- 13.
Our overarching  school focus is: Acquisition of Language. I will be inquiring into:



Would integrating the teaching of strand maths with number, help kids to better acquire key
mathematical language, raising their achievement?
Possible Strategies Hunches What might work? What c…

Gems from first CoL Meeting

COL Inquiry - Mia Szymanik, Year 6 Teacher,  PES School 2018 Gems from first CoL Meeting
What’s the Big Idea for 2018 ? “Language in Abundance”, Language Acquisition, development, Transfer and sustaining across school
levels and curriculum domains.
Language in abundance environments ‘drip’ with language availability and attention, where noticing and relevant use of words allow for deeper, wider, more specific and precise, context appropriate language expression…leading to knowing at deeper and broader levels. Dr. Jannie Van Hees
What is MY responsibility as a COL teacher:
Conduct a mean as inquiry at your level/s in your subject/s Language in Abundance is the lens Share it really well Help each other Visit online/offline, debate, discuss, challenge, suggest

Russell spoke about how some year 2s didn’t know the concept of a rectangle, and he spoke to a teacher whos high school students didn’t understand the word texture. This lack of vocab and understanding of words and concepts is really holding our …