Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's going on? Testing and Reports are all done!

The ball is rolling..  I took the 'Writing Hut' idea from Chris Marks' Blog  I spoke with my students about the idea and they were all on board and we designed this...


We then realised that the cardboard fell over and it wasn't working as you could still look out of it and got just as distracted.. 

So we went back to the drawing board, I then talked to a colleague and he had a heap of old election voting boxes that were being unused so the kids and I went and picked them up.  I gave the kids freedom of how they would like them to be designed.  They came up with this, and this is still working!

            




          


These 'Writing Huts' are amazing in our class and once the kids are in the Huts, no one is allowed to distract them, not even the teacher (rule they made)!  They love sitting there and getting stuck into their work.  They normally wear headphones to block out any noise around them as well.

The problem I've found is that the cardboard is slowly starting to wear out, so next term we will go back to the drawing board and have a go at creating something similar.



The Movie Making is happening!  

After a lot of teaching around how to film, what angles to use, how to hold the camera, how to use iMovie effectively.  My learners have started to understand how to make movies, they are taking baby steps but they're loving it.  It's made me understand how much the little things really matter.

                

             


The editing is what I've found the trickiest, everyone wants to have a turn and everyone needs to learn how to edit properly.  We are all having turns at learning how to edit on the iMacs and everyone is starting to get a lot better.  Some of my learners are now able to help other learners in our class.

           

How to Movies:
  • How to hold the iPad/Camera.
  • Different angles you can use.
  • How to use the basics of iMovie
These are a few movies my learners and I will be making for my site for everyone to be able to use.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

KPMG - Day 2

It's always so nice to be able to sit down and listen and share how everything is going and where we are all at.  I've been so busy with reports I haven't focused on my inquiry much lately, but as soon as testing and reports are out of the way we will be all guns blazing!  My kids have started to really enjoy learning the basics and have starting making little 'how to' movies on how use different skills, For eg. how to hold an iPad, how to upload your footage to a computer.  We haven't done much much filming yet because there are so many things that they need to learn first.

The site is up and running, it still has a few changes that have to be made because as my inquiry grows I'm realizing some things are more important then others.  I've spent a lot of time making how to movies for kids and teachers about how to film and how to edit.  I've tried getting my learners to create them so that other learners around the world will be able to understand and can listen to learners there own age.

What are you struggling with? (A question I was asked).
Time is probably my biggest struggle at the moment, with everything going on having time to do this in class has become more difficult than I thought it would be. 

Being able to see where everyone is and help each other is great.  Having that time to connect and reflect and think about our next steps is great.

What are your views on teaching?  What motivates you?

Relationships - understanding the child - where they come from and the child knowing who you are and where you come from as well. Expectations and respect are both massive in the culture of your classroom, you don't just get given respect you have to earn it, just like the children.  My mum has always said to me "if the child in the class is not happy and enjoying being there, they're not going to learn as much as they would if they loved school" I'm also a firm believer of this, and have remembered this since I began my journey as a teacher.

We played a game where everyone had a role and they had to question and critique your inquiry and your idea that you have created. I talked with the group and we had a scribe who recorded the whole conversation, it's really interesting!

TEAM MEMBER:  Zac - increasing achievement in writing via engagement.

Starting at new learning - Lots of talking to others (woolf fisher case studies included) and experts and engagements..

Made me understand that most of my kids were behaviourally engaged and that it was the cognitive engagement that i needed to work on. -

Started making videos - This had made me then branch out into other areas.  Working on google expeditions - struggling to get phones to make this happen. - This would increase engagement and broaden horizons.  Utube 360 videos as a tool in the meantime. (Jacob shared another Google doodle?). - great way to engage with descriptive writing. - hoping to do something similar for classroom on air.

Spoke to another colleague - Story book creating.  Create and share (including illustrations) with another junior classroom - These were paper books (but could be digital as well). - This pulled in the boys in their class that were least engaged traditionally but were the most engaged in this task as they knew who they were going to gift it to and they wanted to help them.

Re-thinking the who - realised I hadn’t used all of the people listed but needed refocusing on this.  - so many experts that are amazing at it.

Questions

Is this tool going to be the process or something they can use - Kid friendly so they can use, but also for teachers so they can use it as well. - If I wasn’t part of a digital school I wouldn’t understand half of what I do now. - Main site and 5 different things and link to classroom on air. - there will also be resources on how to make the different movies.

What are our goals now (and next steps) - talking with people (who?) Sandy, Andrea, Helen Squires) - Dorothy said ”REMEMBER OUTSIDE YOUR ECO CHAMBERS” - I want to tell them my idea and ask them their ideas and what they think will work.
Goal is to keep workin on building up the resource bank so it is useful.

What might this offer from the perspective of the students - it will be usable.  They can use animation, audio clips and increase their engagement and achievement altogether - And have fun - and engage in writing.

What research has been used - Dorothy’s daughter sent lots of links, read lots of blog posts about what can behaviorally engage students - alo of this come back to quietness and less distractions.  - Looking at previous inquiries and what worked and what didn’t.

Chris Marks - want to reach out to him - as you have read a whole lot of his posts - he had lots of stuff on engagement. - Lots of out of the box stuff - he was really good at inventing stuff to help.

Lots of consulting - .is it connecting to pedagogy and is it going to progress towards the tool - This is something that Zac is grappling with at the moment. - Are you trialling them out as you are going? - Yes…

Danny - asked if the site will also include not just the videos of what you do but how does this relate to learning - why have you chosen this technique going deeper in one idea?.

Focusing on - writing style, or the tool use or the moving making (narrative).  - Also how they will film and work together with others to make this more successful.  - Also the scaffolding from iPads to Chrome books. - Accessing prior knowledge (comparisons made to make the transition easy).

Friday, April 27, 2018

Wheels Day - Class On Air

#ClassOnAir
Throughout the year I will be updating my Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir site with links to my planning, resources, reflections, videos of my teaching, and links to the learners work on their blogs. There are 10 Manaiakalani teachers from various schools and levels for you to check out. It's 21st century window into our classrooms. 
Check out the whole ClassOnAir site here.

Here's  a preview of my latest lesson.




Direct Instruction
The learning intention for this lesson was to write a recount about our Pt England School Wheels day (all of the kids are able to bring a set of wheels from home for the day eg. bike, skateboard etc.) We focused on using the 5 W's when writing our introduction. The video shows a writing lesson focused on the discussion before writing their recounts.

See the full episode here.



Friday, April 20, 2018

Air Pt England - Class On Air

#ClassOnAir
Throughout the year I will be updating my Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir site with links to my planning, resources, reflections, videos of my teaching, and links to the learners work on their blogs. There are 10 Manaiakalani teachers from various schools and levels for you to check out. It's 21st century window into our classrooms. 
Check out the whole ClassOnAir site here.

Here's  a preview of my latest lesson.




Direct Instruction
The learning intention for this lesson was for the children to work collaboratively to understand what a flight attendant was. They would then create a movie as if they were flight attendants on their very own 'Pt England Airways'. The video shows a reading lesson where the learners are focusing on the discussion before creating a movie.

See the full episode here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

MIT - KPMG

We were very lucky to spend a day at KPMG in Auckland and break down, un pack and really look closely into our moonshot proposals.  We were given the opportunity to share our ideas with not only our own colleagues but KPMG employees as well, it was awesome to get ideas from someone that doesn't work in education as well.

A really inspiring idea that I got from one of my colleagues was talking about a year 7&8 teacher at Tamaki primary and what she did one year for her inquiry.  From my understanding she got her students teaching their little siblings at home by taking home word blends, books, and basic word games.  Not only did this help for their younger siblings but it also consolidated their own understanding.

We had a chance to sit down and share where we are all at, being able to reconnect with people that have similar moonshot ideas.  This was really awesome and inspiring.  We then split into small groups and shared our ideas and talked to each other about what we want to do and were able to give each other feedback.  I did a very rough (as you'll see) design on the whiteboard and was helped by both Dorothy and Hinerau of my Google Site that I'll be designing and creating.


I then went to my computer and thought I would have a play and see what it would look like.. very roughly.  I now will take the template below away and design the colour scheme and the rest of the site.  Learners and teachers will be able to use this site for resources of making movies and learning how to teach effectively via movie making.



If you have any ideas or feedback please leave me a comment or send me an email.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Where's my head at, what is engagement?

Lately I've been doing some thinking and questioning my own thinking.  I was asked how I will measure my learners engagement and I was stuck, I think I threw the word engagement around to easily. 

Are these kids engaged? 
How do I engage these kids?
Why is engagement so important?
How do I measure engagement?
What does engagement really mean?

I then did some research and have realised that there are many different types of engagement, two that I will be focusing on will be these two:
  • Behavioural Engagement
  • Cognitive Engagement

For my learners to be behaviourally engaged I have the understanding that they need to be focused and completing their work.  I am going to video my students and see if they are behaviourally engaged in their learning.  Cognitive engagement is a bit more tricky i've found.  I'm still researching and learning to understand what 'Cognitive Engagement' really is and how I will be able to measure this in my classroom.

I started my inquiry thinking that I was going to be making a whole lot of movies and have turned away from that idea since.  The reason I turned away was because I realised that my inquiry needed to based upon a problem that I have identified with my learners and that was engagement.  

I then have gone back and thought more critically about my inquiry and have come to think that making movies and looking at creating scripts could cognitively engage my learners.  I will still be looking at multiple ways of engaging my learners to write.  Any ideas please let me know!

Obstacle Course Writing Lesson - Class On Air

#ClassOnAir
Throughout the year I will be updating my Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir site with links to my planning, resources, reflections, videos of my teaching, and links to the learners work on their blogs. There are 10 Manaiakalani teachers from various schools and levels for you to check out. It's 21st century window into our classrooms. 
Check out the whole ClassOnAir site here.

Here's  a preview of my latest lesson.




Direct Instruction -
The learning intention for this lesson was for the children to blindfold there friends and lead them around our home made obstacle course.  We then focused heavily on the 5 W's in their recount.
The video shows a writing lesson where the learners are focusing on the discussion before writing a recount.

See the full episode here.