Showing posts from August, 2020

Distance Teaching Take Two!

 With Auckland experiencing its second Lockdown, we educators once again leapt into action and changed our programmes overnight. We know that online distance teaching looks little like the teaching we do in our classrooms, but at least this time we had experience to draw upon. In response to this second wave, I recorded this video illustrating what my lessons look like this time around. I captured the sequence of the lesson (which is mostly asynchronous) and discuss the adaptations that I have made to my teaching since the first lockdown. To see more lessons from lockdown and to get access to the slides and planning in this lesson, check out Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir.

The Effect of Covid-19 on My Classroom

Covid-19 has been our biggest challenge yet. We have had to change and re-change our plans numerous times, adapt to new styles of teaching and enforce physical distancing with children (no easy task!). With Auckland in the midst of its second lockdown, I've seen lots of teachers try to be positive about the experience and many more vent their frustrations. But I don't think it's so black and white. I'd like to share the real impact of Covid-19 on my classroom; the good, the bad and the ugly  pragmatic. The Good When I reflected on my journey through the last lockdown, I saw myself grow and my teaching improve as we progressed through each alert level. After returning to the classroom, I was providing more opportunities for hands-on learning, my pastoral care improved through more of a focus on hauora (wellbeing) and I was giving my students more agency. Now that we're in a second lockdown, I am further adapting my practice and growing as a teacher - growth that wi

What Happened to My Intervention?

Five weeks ago, while Auckland was in alert level 1, I made a plan to implement my intervention. My aim was to run it for five weeks, then reflect on how it was going and the adaptations that I had made. This is what my intervention has looked like over the last five weeks (I have started in week two as an inquiry intensive meant that I did not see my literacy class in week one). Week 2 They returned! It was amazing to see my literacy class altogether for the first time since week 8 of term 1 (we taught all curriculum subjects to our maths classes once they returned to school in term 2, as opposed to changing classes for different subjects). I ran my intervention this week with my two target groups. It actually took a bit of work getting reciprocal reading set up again as we had some new students and we hadn't done it in a really long time. I discussed reading strategies really explicitly with my learners and noticed that these questions came easily to me, as I had been working on

Bringing Code into the Classroom

Since coding entered the NZ curriculum, there has been a real surge in teacher professional development in this area.  Personally I am thrilled to see an increasing number of students find the joy in code. It really does feel good to programme something, no matter how simple it might be. I have been very fortunate to have been able to include coding in my teaching since I first started out, thanks to the PD I received from  organisations such as OMGTech! and events such as EdTech Summits. The biggest enabler to my teaching however, is definitely the hour of code . If you haven't been on this site before then you have my blessing to stop reading this post and sign up to the site right now. Seriously, it makes coding so simple!                  There is of course some skill required to integrate coding into your current programme. This was why my colleague Hannah West and I lead a short workshop into bring code into maths. We hope that these examples give you some ideas of how codi

How will I Monitor my Intervention?

In our last COL meeting, we discussed our chosen interventions and started to come up with ways that we would manage these. I realised just how easy it is to forget some of the micro-decisions that you make, particularly during 'live' teaching. So it is vital that you record any decisions and alterations that you make along the way.  However, it is also important to track effects of these changes and the intervention as you go, as opposed to simply taking pre and post intervention data. We can be far more reflexive, and make far more of a difference if we see our intervention as something that evolves.  Here were my thoughts following the meeting: How will you collect information about the changes to your practice or intervention? I will take notes in my teacher planning to show where I have adapted my planning or if I have done something different in my micro teaching. I will record two lessons with my focus group, 5 weeks apart. This will help me pick up on anything that I ha