Tuesday, 8 May 2012

CPL - PD Day Developing focus for the Year

E-asttle tool to be implemented with the staff through staff meetings or team meetings.

Focuses for the day:

  • What do we want to achieve today?
  • Big Picture - working in school over day?
  • Set up Inquiry
  • Plan content staff meeting
  • Class observations
  • Self-regulation - Writing
  • Resources: Teaching Writing 1-3 Building strong foundation, Teaching Writing 4-6 Increasing Progress, Accelerating Writing Progress 7/8

Reading - Self Regulated Learning in Writing 
Empowering Students to Become Self-Regulating Writers: The Journey of One Class 
Verena Watson

Self regulated learners are able to identify their strengths and weakness.  How am I currently doing this?  Having reflection at the end of writing.  I need to make this a formal process where the kids will record their reflection.  

Explicit modelling and teaching in saturation is the key.  I know this works and does lead to student ownership.  Taking time to go through all the explicit features and then going back to looking  at creating a success criteria break down together.  I need to set up conferencing groups.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

New Experiments in self-teaching

This clip evoked a range of different thoughts in my mind.  With the class that I have this year that thrives on new ideas and learning.  I reflected on this ‘if children have interest education happens.’  I agree with this statement 100% but one question I do have is; Can interest be sparked with students who are not interested when strong relationships are formed?  With the class that I have this year I would say yes but only if you can connect it to something that the student is already interested in.  Can this happen for all disinterested students?
I would argue that purpose serves as the driving factor for education to happen. As an adult you are most likely not to do something unless there is a reward at the end that affects your life or gives a positive emotion to others.  Currently our inquiry is on ‘communication’ would my students  traditional general care about this. No. However, tagging it to the motivation of winning a trip to Australia as part of a competition and sharing there knowledge with the world has become the driving force.