Friday, 19 May 2017

Collaboration in Writing

Last week Mattie observed classroom teaching to see how we are using collaboration to improve student writing. She made this video based on what she saw. I hope it gives you an idea of how teaching and learning takes place in Room 5.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Speech Time!

Today we start learning about, and preparing for, our class, school and community speech competition. For many students here at Tautoro School this is their first experience of  a speech competition. Room 5 students have mixed feelings; excitement, fear, anticipation and dread.  

Did you know public speaking is apparently the 4th most common fear? We fear that we might mess up and cause the audience to respond negatively, they may think less of of us or laugh

Speech competition time in Room 5 is going to be a fun. There is a supportive environment. Students will work in their collaborative groups to give feedback and feed forward to their teams.  All students will have their their comfort zones pushed and learn something new about public communication as well as themselves. An excellent opportunity to develop kaha, manaakitanga and rangatiratanga (our school values).
 I look forward to announcing the class finalist! 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Same, Same and different of sustainable actions

Here is a DLO my students created to communicate to what our school did in 2008 and what our school does now to manage waste. Well done to the team of girls who put this together by themselves, Tehanah, Rangimarie and Yvette


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Class Inquiry into what we do with our waste.

Over the last few weeks Room 5 have been learning to work together.

They are learning 'Collaborative Norm's (rules such as no put downs, one speaker at a time, everyone contribute)

They are also learning how important it is to make sure you understand learning tasks. Sometimes learning tasks can have words you do not understand that you need to 'un pack' first.

All groups compared and contrasted what Tautoro School did in 2008 and what we do now to manage out waste. Groups used venn diagrams to communicate their ideas.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Promos are everywhere, do you think about their purpose?

Yesterday I gave three students the task of promoting rippa rugby and its benefits.
They have learned from previous task to first 'unpack' the task. They need to make sure they understand what they are trying to achieve.

Tehana and Rangimarie identified the keywords promote and benefits and went about learning what they meant. Only when they understood the task did they co-create a success criteria. They decided what they could do to successfully complete this task. After feedforward, this was what they decided to would make their task successful

Make our presentation feels exciting for viewers by using music and fast paced images and videos
Choose words and phrases that will encourage our viewers
Communicate in words and pictures the pros of sports
Include the viewer by using the word 'you'
The tool they chose to use was Imovie trailer. Do you think they were successful? What could they improve on?

Another group, Charlee, Zephaniah and Kohl-lee were set the task of creating a movie that  informs  viewers about the tournament thay went on this week.
Again, this group is successful.
Why? They made sure they knew what inform meant. The created a plan and a success criteria. After that, they got feedback. THEN and only then, they put their plan into action. In this group everyone followed the Collaborative Norms. They all listened to each other. They all had a part to play.
I only saw this as finished product today. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Respecting our Learning Tools

This week I have been teaching how to look after our devices. It is important that all students follow the Kawa of Care so they are making the most of their learning opportunities and protecting chromebooks from being damaged.

Teaching this and learning about how to follow the Kawa is Care it is very important. If accidents happen and the Kawa of Care was not followed then chromebooks would not be covered by insurance. Whanau would be faced with a huge bill to fix or replace  the chromebook. No one wants that!

Friday, 17 February 2017

What are our school values?

Students in my class were thinking and talking about the meaning of our school values (waka hoe) and how these values will help them experience success at Tautoro School and beyond.

Students were set the task of creating a DLO (digital learning object) that teaches and promotes what these values are. Groups have started animations, posters, movies, and even a song as a way to deliver their learning!
Here is the work of oa group that focused on manaakitanga and a group that focused on Kaitiakitanga. Thanks for your tautoko Matt!