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.







Maths PD with Jo Knox

This year our School wide inquiry has been around Maths. Throughout the year we have really good informative PD sessions with Jo Knox. I ha...