High Expectation Teachers

Ensuring all students achieve success Last Night I attended a lecture by Christine Rubie Davis on High Expectation Teachers. She was talking about her findings from a recent research project. What I took from this talk was that high expectation teachers:
use flexible student grouping (according to activity) and a variety of learning experiences. Use assessment information to set goals for each student and support the student to achieve them through high expectations. Students have autonomy over their learning through setting goals and selecting activities to work on – for example with "must-do, can-do” options.

It is essential that: expectations for each student are appropriate. teachers provide the scaffolding learners need in order to progress (Vygotsky). the impact of teaching practice on student learning is monitored in an ongoing way. teachers take action to change their practice if it is not having the desired effect.
Low expectation teachers tend to use simple factual questions and…

How to save time using Google

Digital Intensive
I learned some basic things that will make my life easier this week.
Gmail - Put Gmail on compact settings and then I  seem to have half as many emails to attend to!
Put a pink flower theme into my Gmail and I feel a lot calmer when writing and answering emails
I don't like the way Gmail nests conversations because I sometimes miss new emails so I can use "conversation view off" and "new mail notifications" on.
The problem is we get into the habit of just doing what has already been set up rather than looking at other possibilities.

One Tab
I now have the OneTab icon on my computer
"Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome".
In fac…


This week we focussed on our pepeha. I do have Māori heritage and know my ancestral line but have not been brought up as Māori.
I have developed my pepeha using screencastify (see read more)

Digital Intensive 2 I can't believe that a week has passed since the last digital intensive. Today we were looking at Google Forms, Google Sheets and Google maps.

We began this session with the history of Manaiakalani around Learning and the pedagogy of "Learn, Create, Share". Research underpinning this came from John Hattie's constructivist and metacognitive approach, Russell Bishop's culturally responsive pedagogy, the global study for the Ministry of Education that showed acceleration can be achieved through inquiry driven exploration and the use of the Google platform.

We learned how to set up a Google form with many available options that would give us data that we can analyse either as baseline data, feedback data or exit data. I created a Google form with questions around the new Education Council standards and sent it out to 10 teachers - have had 3 responses so will send again. I had recently attended a workshop on these and will be using them with the pro…

Digital Intensive Session 1

Today and for the next 8 Fridays I am on a Manaiakalani digital intensive. I am reasonably confident with digital technologies but, as we all know, there is always more to learn.
Firstly we were given an introduction to the Manaiakalanai kaupapa and pedagogy. It was interesting
hearing about the history of Manaiakalani and its early beginnings.
Then we were into Google Docs. I work sometimes in Google Docs & sometimes in Word
(which is apparently a no-no). Another no-no is NO underlining because that means a link and capitals
mean you are shouting.

But I did discover things like Find and Replace, Table of Contents and voice
typing in which I just have to speak the words (and punctuation) and it writes for me! This will be a
good thing to pass on to the PCTs I work with. As for my personal life, I don't think I really want my
computer to be writing down everything I say. So we may have to negotiate on that one. The only time I
use my home computer is to do post production in Photog…

Te Rawhiti Marae

I was fortunate to be asked to go on the the 4 day trip to Rawhiti Marae in November. I went with about 20 Māori students from Kata O'Donnell's tutor class and 3 other teachers. The purpose of the trip was to familiarise the students with Māori tikanga in a remote settlement on Māori land which is quite different from what they are accustomed to.

Activities were run by WaiNot Tourism and featured a forest walk, snorkelling, fishing with nets, cooking pippis on the beach, swimming and jet ski riding. The students were kept busy from 7.45am until about 10pm at night. It was a great way for them to bond together well away from school and to have new experiences learning new skills.

What did I learn from This? I learned more about ways of working with Māori students,the importance of tikanga, eating, sleeping and working together. It was fascinating to be in such a remote untouched environment and to see how the students behaved and related differently from when they are at schoo…

Professional Learning at Akaroa

This year I have done lots of learning at the school through staff PLD, PLuG groups and committees. But I wanted to learn more about digital photography as this is my hobby. I think it is important to have an interest outside of education and a hobby that requires lots of learning and improvement can also add to one's skills and knowledge base. Being a learner oneself and having to struggle is always beneficial to teachers as it reminds you of how difficult learning a new skill can be.

The 3-day workshop was held over Labour weekend including a few days prior at Akaroa and taught by an Australian photographer, Ken Ball and 2 NZ photographers, Diane Costello and Murray Noble. We were being taught to forget about all the rules of photography and to try instead to be more creative by combining photography & art ie paint, etchings, transparencies, vellum, camera movement etc. This taught me to be less focussed by the rules of photography and more open to curiosity, trying new ways…