Thursday, 21 March 2019

Trialing a new consequences system at Papakura High

I have long thought that at Papakura High all the pressure is on the teachers to lift the achievement. My feeling is that this pressure should be shared by the students. In my three years at the school, there has been very little in the way of consequences for students who are unwilling to put in effort or students that deliberately defy teachers reasonable requests

This will put the pressure of achievement back onto the student and also ensure that the teacher remains in charge of the classroom. Staff will share the load of after-school time. The students will be required to participate in a  restorative justice discussion and also assist the teacher with manual jobs such as cleaning classrooms. All defiance will be logged on Kamar and when a student refuses to participate contact will be made home. Referral to SLT will occur when students again refuse to participate after contact is made home.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Students reflections on Blogging and agruemenation and critical thinking

I had my students give me feedback on blogging and argumentation units we have been completing in Health. The feedback was interesting as it showed that students having a real variance in perspective about blogging and sharing their viewpoints. Whilst some students thrived and made many blog posts other students did not share any work. I am interested in more follow up to this. from teaching younger students at the Primary level I have seen how visible learning and sharing appeals. Why is this not the same for teenagers?

I have enjoyed argumentation and thinking about different viewpoints10 responses
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I have enjoyed Blogging and sharing my learning10 responses
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I have enjoyed receiving feedback about my learning and my viewpoint10 responses
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What does Mr Borland do well in his teaching8 responses
He gives us freedom of speech whilst not letting us stray off track
Explain all the information so that student can understand.
explain and demonstrate what we have to do. Finds little videos that will help. Makes us really think about the subject.
allow people to have an opinion and speak on the subjects we're studying.
teach the class clearly and shared his understanding.
What does Mr Borland need to improve in regards to his teaching8 responses
Nothing that I can think of
nothing..he is all good
um maybe stop talking so much about off topic things. check up on us now and then.
to teach the class in good ways


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Students work using Argumentation

I am very proud of one of my year 10 students who has made a wonderful blog post. In the post, he details his learning from a lesson last week. In the lesson, the students watched a political debate on legalizing cannabis. This student has considered all viewpoints, considered the source of the information presented, considered other viewpoints, and then made an informed judgement based on this evidence.

It is great when you teach thinking skills to students and they produce such great work showing that it has made a difference. One thing I have learnt from teaching in Decile 1 schools for 17 years is that you must take these small victories to keep yourself motivated and passionate about what you do.

Feel free to see the post and leave a comment.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Online toolkits

Last night I hosted my first online toolkit. This can be viewed in the video above. The topic for discussion was making an online quiz using google forms. Some interesting ideas came out of this including having students make quizzes based on their learning and then sharing that on their blog.

Having students make quizzes for other students is a great way to reflect on their own learning and it would also make for an interesting interactive blog post. The more interactive a blog post is the more likely it is going to be viewed and commented on.

I would be interested to hear if anyone has tried this already

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Using a video to promtote a High School rugby game

Eric Teloa has made a series of videos promoting the Papakura High School Rugby fixtures. He did this in his ICT class using adobe software. These were shared and promoted on the school facebook page.

Eric's is a Year 13 student at Papakura High School. His e mail address is

Friday, 21 September 2018

Working in Maori language immersion class

I had my first day today facilitating in a Te Reo immersion class at Kereru park. I was astounded by the ability of the students to speak so articulately in Te Reo. I was showing a student how to publish a slide presentation too blogger and this student made a screencast translating my English explanation into Maori. This was done in one take without any prompting. Very impressive

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Leadership reflections by senior students

My principal John Rohs is supporting sharing by having his Year 12 leadership group make weekly reflections via blog posts. I am really enjoying reading these reflections and it is great to see the students articulate their achievements via their posts.

We need an authentic audience for these reflections. Please click on the links below and leave a positive, helpful, thoughtful comment.