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Monday, 26 June 2017

Maths - Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir

#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 7 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.

1-1 Maths



Direct Instruction
The learning intention for this lesson was to understand a solve fraction and ratio problems. You can see that I am only working one on one with learners, while they work on their follow up activities. These one on one sessions are designed to give the learners support directly at their level, rather than at the group level. It's a really great way for me as the teacher to get that formative assessment at the individual level.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

1 on 1 time + Whiteboard table tops!?

This year I have a big class, or at least by far the biggest I have ever taught. In my maths class there are 35 learners, and because of this my maths groups are much bigger than they have been in my previous years teaching.

I see this as a challenge, definitely not an excuse. I have actually found many benefits to having larger maths groups. A big one being the amount of discussion that you can generate by investigating everyones thinking, as there are almost always different methods for solving the same problem amongst the group. Exploring each persons solution, or misunderstandings is helping us form a more consolidated understanding of the maths problems.

One issue I have found however is finding the time to work with learners in smaller groups who need to consolidate learning, or fill in holes that the rest of the group has already mastered. So for the past few weeks while my student teacher has been in the class on full control, I have consciously been taking the time to work with these kids in small groups or 1 on 1.

Rather than work in the usual spot on the mat with the whiteboard, I have just been sitting down next to them at their table and working with them there. I only learned this recently but our table tops are all whiteboards!!!. So it's been absolutely perfect for this.

Once my student teacher leaves, I will no longer have as much time to do this. However, I am going to try and find the time, perhaps in the afternoons to do this more. As the confidence it is giving those learners in the next group session is easily noticeable. It is also helping me form a better picture of what those holes and misunderstandings are, in my learners.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Food Critic - Writing: Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir

#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 7 Manaiakalani teachers from various schools and levels for you to check out. It's a 21st-century window into our classrooms. 
Check out the whole ClassOnAir site here.

Here's  a preview of my latest lesson.

Food Critic - Writing



Direct Instruction
The learning intention for this lesson was to express our personal opinions and thoughts. I also wanted to make descriptive language a key focus. I modelled the taste observation sheet, and guided them through it while they ate their chocolate. I had hoped this would help them write what they were actually feeling at the time. 

See the full the episode here

Friday, 9 June 2017

Image mapping in HTML

If you have been using Google Draw to hyperlink multiple sections of an image on your site, you may be getting frustrated by the number of tabs you keep opening ........or at least your students definitely will be.

Image Mapping in HTML allows you to do the same thing. It is a little bit tricky, and far cleverer people than me have probably got better workarounds. If so please leave a comment I would love to learn.

However, here is a set of instructions I made to be able to use image mapping for your class sites etc



Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Gloss Results

Now that my target group is all tested for reports, it's quite interesting to see their Gloss test results. As you can see the results are quite varied. But there are some clues that suggest some things about my teaching and my learners.

Key:
Red: Negative Shift*
Black: No Shift
Green: Positive Shift

*I personally don't believe that it is possible for kids to go backwards in maths. More likely, when they achieved the stage last time they answered the question correctly, but still had some misunderstandings that lead to an incorrect answer this time. I see these students as only needed some consolidation to get back to the stage they were at.

Proportion/ Ratios
At first glance this looks like my leaners are strongest here, as there is only one student who has gone down a stage. To some degree I think this is accurate, and I believe this is partly due to the low level knowledge required for these questions. I also think that the E6 question on this test is slightly easier than other gloss tests, which if thats the case they probably aren't consolidated.
Example:


I also noted from this, that there is a clear ceiling. I wonder if I am giving enough opportunities to learn higher stages during class time.

Multiplication/ Division
No real surprises for me here. It just further confirmed for me what I already believe to be the problem. Majority of my learners who got stage 4, could answer the E5 question correctly, and confidently. However needed to rely on skip counting to get the answer. This was the case with some of my other students in the higher stages, right answer, wrong stage.

Addition Subtraction
The biggest learning for me from this was around Place Value. I need to revisit, and revisit, and revisit Place Value all the time.