Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Working with Jo knox. This is our groups continuous and discrete 
questions for part-to-whole and whole-to-part.

Hexagons from Room 26 working with Jo Knox.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


I had a very quick Hangout conversation with Dorothy this afternoon before my team meeting. This is a screen shot of this afternoons Hangout. Thanks everyone. 

Hangout Conversation

 Last Friday in DFI we looked at  our Gmail. I've cleaned up my Gmail and it's looking a lot more tidy and  organised with a lovely background image. 

 Matt showed us the undo tab in Gmail and how you can send an email to anyone and if for any reason you may have forgotten to add more to the email or want to undo an email then you just click on the undo tab but , you have a choice of 10, 20, or 30 seconds to undo. So we got to play around with the undo tab. I sent Matt an email but I couldn't find the undo button quick enough and the email sent  (oh no). An apology email soon followed.
 I invited Matt and Dorothy to a Hangout conversation on Monday and for a laugh I wore a wig. This is a screen shot of our Hangout.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hyper Studio

We have been working in Hyper Studio with Mrs Lagitupu . She has been very patient in showing us how to copy and paste and also duplicate parts of our pictures to add to other slides in our stack. We created a PENN movie about friendships using our Hyper Studio creations. Below is our movie.

Inquiry into Maths

We have been working on Fraction for the last 4 weeks and today we are using our knowledge of fractions and icing biscuits in different colours. We iced1/2s and 1/4s of our biscuits. It was a really nice way to end fractions and we will revisit this area of maths later in the term. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017


This weekend I made a form in Google forms about how much my students know about Time. The form is multi choice answers and I made the questions easy to read for Year 2s. Lots of Modelling will have to be done first. Maybe because it's our first form we will do this one together. I wanted a banner that showed Time but  the range of banners in Google forms didn't have what I wanted so, with all that I have learned in DFI I figured out how to get what I wanted. 
I opened a Google doc, opened the the explore tab on the bottom right hand corner typed TIME Banners into the search space and then images I  scrolled through the free images. I found the image and inserted that into the Google doc. Took a screenshot saved it to my desktop, went back to the Google form I had made clicked the colour palette tab and clicked the image tab. Clicked upload photo, cropped the image and clicked select, wait for a couple of seconds and your image will appear as a new banner on your form. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 3

Another amazing day with the DFI group. We focused on the functions in our gmail. I was able to change the theme of my Gmail page , and looking at what the functions do in setting. I'm going to clean up all my contacts this weekend. Google Hangout is great we got to hangout with each other and Dorothy who is in Australia this week. We had a group Hang out where we had to discuss a students post and recorded our discussion to post on our blog. The video below is a Hang Out discussion I had with Kiriwai and Kelsey. The post is of a class at Ruapotaka School and their flying creations. Well done team.

I have invited Matt and Dorothy to Hang out with me next week. I also have a Hang out invitation from Miss Lavakula on Monday. So this will be really good practice. 
Thanks Matt and Gerhard for todays session and thanks Kelsey for helping us out today.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Making a form in Google Forms.

I really thought I would struggle on my course on Fridays but I'm really surprised how well things are coming together nicely in DF Intensive group. I just need to make time to practice so I don't forget what I have learned.
This week I learned how to generate a form in Google Forms. 
Making sure my instructions are clear for the person responding. I can add a videos or images and make it look good. We all made our forms about different topic such as food, sport and hobbies and then we filled out each others forms. It was fun.  I'd like to generate a form around our Inquiry about the Moon, Earth and Sun to find out how much my students know. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

Immersion Movie

This morning we were entertained by our very amazing talented teachers here at Pt England School. There was music, singing, dancing, teachers in space and our hall transformed into a sky full of stars it felt like being in space. 
This is Team 2s Immersion Movie.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Inquiry Term 2 2017

Room 26 and I have enjoyed this terms inquiry. Our inquiry question was 'How do we make a kite that flies? This was not easy for us because there were a number of problems we encountered. Such as to much rain, too much wind, materials were not strong enough and things broke easily. We made paper jet planes pinwheels and our own kites and we came to the conclusion that all the things we wanted to fly needed wind, speed, balance, lift and air. On one fine day we decided to take the $2 shop kites out and they flew well.  I visited Takaparawhau (Bastion Point) for the annual Matariki Kite Day there were some amazing kites.  This is a short film of what we got up to.  

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Incredible Years Programme

I have been attending an Incredible Years Programme and in this session we discussed proactive tools that we can use  for managing misbehaviour. We talked about drawing our own tool box and working out which tool best fits the words or action we might use in our classroom to redirect or manage misbehaviours. 
This is my tool box.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

3D Shapes

WALT: identify 3D shapes and try to draw them.



An activity I have made and shared in our school wide doc.
WALT: compare two different things in an interesting way.
By using similes we can make our writing more interesting for the reader.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Professional Inquiry.

This year I have a class of bright beautiful energetic year 2s. We started the week getting to know each other, the class routines, and 'The Pt England Way'.  So much has happened in the last 4 weeks. Swimming, Kiwis Sports, Creative space, Maker space, team assemblies, the opening of our new bike track and to top it all off a leaky room, which meant relocating to another room. I was devastated I had spent a lot of time getting room 26 ready for the new students. After a whole day I managed to turn our new class into an amazing learning space for my students and I. I have to mention my students were amazing and concerned about how I was feeling, they  kept asking me if I was ok even during a swim lesson a student swam over to where I was sitting to ask if I was ok 
"It's ok Ms Tumahai we will help you clean"    Bless.

So now that we have settle I have been able to put some thought into my Professional Inquiry and this years inquiry focus is Maths. I have to say this area is making me a little nervous. I never understood maths as a child and so I didn't enjoy maths at all. But I have an obligation to give my students every opportunity to learn maths and enjoy it. Which brings me to a group of students who I have identified as the "Stuck Stage 2s"

So my inquiry is: 

Back to school

  Why is it that every year we all return to school after the holidays and summer decides it wants to make an appearance, What's up with the weather? I'm not sure about others but summer in my neck of the woods was blowing a gale. More windy days then the hot relaxed days of summer. 
  I began thinking about the village and the sweltering hot and stuffy rooms that make it very uncomfortable for me and the students to stay focused in the hot afternoons .However the students returned, some ready, some not so sure, and some still taking time to settle into the routines of school and the classrooms are hot.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

My Class for 2017

I get to spend 2017 with this lovely group of students. There are some that I taught in the NewEntrant class and some who are the siblings of the students I taught in 2016.  I am excited and can't wait to take this journey with Room 26 2017.

Working with Jo knox. This is our groups continuous and discrete  questions for part-to-whole and whole-to-part.