Saturday, 15 July 2017
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Our Term 2 trip to the Museum was lots of fun.The focus was on Matariki. We were entertained by 2 lovely Whaea. They told us a story of the Ta Moko and we all got to have one painted on our faces for the day. We made a little clay pot just like the ones that were used by the Maori a long time ago to put the ink into. We had a look at some things in the Museum and got lost inside the Museum. It was lots of fun.
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
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
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Thursday, 23 February 2017
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:
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.