Showing posts from March, 2018

Manaiakalani Teachers Learn Create Share, Staff Meeting Term 1

Community of Adult Learners 
Visible, connected, empowered, ubiquitous
“How can we come together and integrate our expertise and our knowledge to address significant problems?” Graeme Aitken
Superficial Collaboration .. its knowing about each other passing through each others' lives but no deeply knowing each other.
We are building on the amazing stuff that teachers are doing and collaborating in a way that is made possible through our ability to share what we are doing - Go Us!
Manaiakalani - Using meta-analysis to identify what works
If teachers are going to have a pedagogy thats going to make a difference to children, you need to understand what your goals are, and what difference you are going to make. If one of the things you want to achieve for example, is that  you want all of your learners to be interested in what they are doing in class, how are you going to show evidence that they are actually more engaged?
3 things you need to do as a teacher
1. Enjoyment 2. Interest 3. Life long l…

Key Mathematical Number Vocab for Word Wall

Vocab Pre - Test ... What do my kids know/ where are they at?

I am going to be on camp this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so before I go to camp I wanted to do a blog post explaining what I did in class on Friday to help with my research into my inquiry. 

Would integrating the teaching of strand maths with number, help kids to better acquire key mathematical language, raising their achievement?
I wanted to get a general idea where my class was at in terms of their understanding of key mathematical vocabulary. I as the teacher, from observations on a day to day basis know that the understanding and use of mathematical vocabulary in my class is poor, however doing a CoL inquiry this year I needed to have more sound data to prove this. I found a very simple vocabulary activity online and got my learners to complete it. It looked like this:
The front of the sheet had a bank of words. They were: add, difference, divided by, combined, per, subtract, sum, times, minus, multiple, shared, increased by, plus, take away ratio, product, together, decreased b…

Reflection on this week's Lesson, and some other research and findings

Kia Ora!!

Happy Friday, it's been a busy week 5, gearing up for camp next week. I am looking forward to the weekend, and super excited about going on my first camp in my teaching career.

Firstly I want to reflect on this week's first DMIC lesson I tried out with my learners. Please read my previous blog post if you haven't already, this gives you an intro into this lesson, and the pedagogy behind the DIMC maths Bobbi Hunter is guiding us through, with the goal of implementing this in our classes this year. 

The question was: 

On the weekend Mr Goodwin, Miss Parrant and Miss Szymanik practised putting up a tent. They started at 10:15 a.m. They each took one 7 minute turn. 
How long did it take them to put up the tent?
If they started putting up the tent at 10:15 a.m, what time did they finish?

What did I consider when forming this question.  Is it relevant to the learner's lives?  YES, we are all going to camp next week, a lot of the children being year 6, attended year 5 camp …