Fortunately, we were given the opportunity to spend our PLG day looking at other schools in the cluster. I spent my morning with a year 9 literacy class (lead by Vaughan Spudle) and was really interested to see how the class was run. I was especially impressed with the accelerated reading program that they ran as I could see the benefits it would have with some of my learners. In this program the students spend 20 minutes a day reading a book that is appropriate to their reading level. After completing books, they take a short comprehension quiz to determine whether they are ready to read a book at the next level. The students were all engaged with this program and were experiencing success with their reading.
|Integrating SOLO Taxonomy with writing|
I also thought that SOLO Taxonomy had been integrated into literacy very well and I will be sharing this with my colleagues as we also use SOLO at Glenbrae.
After visiting Tamaki College I returned to Glenbrae to visit some of the other classes. It was really interesting for me to see the type of work the younger classes were doing and how it lead into the content that we cover at intermediate. I also took this as an opportunity to talk to Georgia, who gave me a crash course in NCEA which was extremely helpful!
|Georgia, Room 7 and I after playing volley.|