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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.

Susianaphssusianac.blogspot.com12Leadership
Teisiphsteisif.blogspot.com12Leadership
Martinphsmartinm.blogspot.com12Leadership
Sitianaphssitianal.blogspot.com12Leadership
Seraphinaphsseraphinal.blogspot.com12Leadership
Brettaullinphsbrettaullinm.blogspot.com12Leadership
Benphsbeng.blogspot.com12Leadership
Kallarniphskallarnipu.blogspot.com12Leadership
Michellephsmichellev.blogspot.com12Leadership
Sophoniaphssophonia.blogspot.com12Leadership
Onolinaphsonolinap.blogspot.com12Leadership
Alanphsalante.blogspot.com12Leadership
Davidphsdavidfa.blogspot.com12Leadership
Bhaveshphsbhaveshs.blogspot.com12Leadership
Donnavyn-Leephsdonnavynpa.blogspot.com12Leadership
Semisiphssemisif.blogspot.com12Leadership
Desireephsdesireem.blogspot.com12Leadership
Pongiphspongin.blogspot.com12Leadership
Carolynnphscarolynn.blogspot.com12Leadership
Christinaphschristinal.blogspot.com12Leadership
Semisiphssemisif.blogspot.com12Leadership

Monday, 10 September 2018

Waiata afternoon with the staff

Enjoying Maori language week with a staff waiata afternoon. Great to see so many staff enjoying Waiata

Thursday, 30 August 2018

argumentation

Over the past term, I have been participating in a Wolf Fisher initiative called developing in digital worlds. The initiative is based around the concept of argumentation and having students evaluate a question and consider evidence. I was interested in this because of the data that showed that less than one percent of the teaching at Papakura High involves critical thinking.

What I have found most interesting is the how students present an argument, the consideration of the evidence and the classroom discussion that can come from argumentation lessons.

Here is the Year 10 Health unit I have made as a result of participating in this initiative

The cannabis debate

This unit I made based upon other PLD I have been involved in over the past 3 years. Multi-model information is evident through a range of text and video.

Discussion using open-ended questioning has been a key feature of both small and large group discussion.

In terms of argumentation, I have tried to have the students consder the sourse of information and think if that information is fact or opinion.

One of the excellent discussions we had was about the reliability of Wikipedia. Students had opinions on both sides and the debate got heated. The point was to consider different viewpoints. 

Although teaching this class is difficult I am enjoying the challenge of engaging these students and have them think, as opposed to producing work. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Sharing blogging resourses with PHS staff

Today I started my blogging push at the high school

Blogging website

I have managed to cobble together blogging resources and collated them onto a website. This has now been shared with staff.

For me, I have begun blogging with my 10OTUU Health class. Today we looked at Facebook and whether it should be blocked to students during school time. There were some excellent argumentation writing by the students, many of whom had strong opinions

These blog posts can be found on this link

Blog posts

Feel free to read and add comments

Friday, 25 May 2018

Final day digital intensive and Level 2 exam

Today was the final day. It was all about the exam. For me, because I already had level 1, I sat the Level 2 exam. I had done a lot of preparation for the exam, however, I still did not feel overly confident of passing.

I found the exam draining. I only just completed all the tasks and I was not able to go back to the questions I had skipped. Carefully reading the questions were important as it was scenario based questions. The multi choose questions were really hard. It was hard to eliminate incorrect responses. I felt much better during the task questions.

I feel this course has made me understand how connected all the google apps are. If you can navigate 1 you can pretty much navigate them all. I'll never know what my score was. It had to be over 80 percent to pass. It gave me a real buzz when I got the email through.

Id like to thank Gerard and Dorothy for all their help and support over the last 9 weeks. Also Angela Gattung for giving me the time to go attend all 9 days. I think there will be a lot of skills and good practice that I will be bringing back to Papakura High and the Kootuitui cluster.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Day 8 Digital intensive reflection

Today we learnt about the new digital curriculum. I had read it before, however, I hadn't quite got to grips with it. Given that it is to incorporated by 2020 and across the entire curriculum I believe it was important to unpack and find meaning.

I found it very useful unpacking the key terms and ideas. I feel I have a much better understanding now of what it all means. I do have a concern that other teachers are not going through the same process and my hope is that all teachers seek professional development so they can be incorporated this into their teaching

Using scratch was fun. I had experience with pencil code before. Scratch was similar and I found it useful understanding the 'do this if' function. Coding is a valuable skill that I wish I had taken seriously when I was young





Binary was something I had heard of but knew nothing about. I enjoyed the mathematical element to it. I would like to pursue this more

For the next week, I plan on studying for my Level 2 exam. I would like to think Dave Winter and Angela Gattung for their time and their resources in helping me gain a much better understanding of google sheets