Today I attended the 5th annual Manaiakalani Hui, which was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience.
|My (mini) live sketch note|
One of the highlights of the day was watching a student representative from each school present a piece of their learning. These presentations illustrated the various ways in which Manaiakalani students learn, create and share. There were presentations on a variety of curriculum areas and topics, although I think watching one of my own learners was most special to me. I felt incredibly proud to watch my student represent our school and share his learning.
Using Twitter to share our learning #Manaiakalani
It was also a pleasure to hear about the research that the MIT's (Manaiakalani Innovative Teachers) are conducting. A few of these teachers are researching about student achievement in writing, which I really enjoyed as I have been looking into writing for my University study.
Research was presented from both Woolf Fisher and Rachel Williamson. Rachel discussed the Summer and Winter blogging programmes and their affect on student achievement; namely, they cause a reduction in summer drop off. I created a Sketchnote of Rachel's presentation at a previous conference, but I was excited to hear that the Summer Blogging Challenge will be extended to run for four weeks in 2016/2017.
Woolf Fisher presented their findings regarding our data. They reaffirmed that we need to work on our summer drop off, but they also discussed critical literacy.
I found the kōrero by Pat Sneddon, Dorothy and Russell Burt the most inspiring however. Pat and Dorothy discussed the results that the cluster are achieving and reiterated that we are a driving force for change. Russell posed "If we know something works, we have no excuse not to do it". This provoked a lot of discussion between educators and our School discussed our commitment to the initiative. We will ensure that we are following the research to do right by our tamariki.