Friday, 21 December 2018

Te Wa Toi

Just wanted to share these images of the students from Room 25 2018. They learned how to created new images of themselves using Hyper Studio and shared these on their blogs .

Thursday, 20 December 2018

End of Year Inquiry

It's has been a very busy year and we have made it. A new learning environment which has been both exciting and challenging at times. My inquiry into the language of maths, understanding and using the language in learning. I have to admit DMic has been confusing for me, how do I collect the data, how do I know the student know what's going on, are my lower students getting this? At the end of the year how do I feel? am I happy?  What' s come out of this inquiry is that the students are talking to each other sharing what they know and turn taking. 



Carnival 2018

What an amazing day. The sun was shinning and there was laughter and music happy teachers and happy student. Such a nice way to end the year. Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year to all.

Sunday, 2 September 2018


Maths at the end of this term is Statistics. We talked about things people wanted to  find out about. We talked about how many pets students had at home. We also talked about our favourite sandwiches.  Room 25 went out to find out which coloured cars were most popular.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

DMic Discussions.

The students are working out the value of each Cuisenaire rod. 

DMic Week 2 Term 3

I really enjoyed my DMIc lesson this morning.

The students were really engaged and focused and they all seemed to be enjoying the lesson with me. There was lots of discussion around the lesson and their seemed to be a good vibe with our mix ability grouping today.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


On the last day of term I brought Willow to school. She is 6 months old and very cute. My students have been hanging out to see her. 

Maddie was really good with Willow. Maddie made Willow sit and lay down. Most of the student got to walk Willow a short distance. Odyn and Mary Jane were amazing, for 2 students who are not confident around dogs, they absolutely adored Willow.  

Tuesday, 26 June 2018


I am still trying to get my head round how I'm going to plan for  DMic. What does it look like ? what do I need to include ? are my ideas or problems ok ? 
DMic Planing #1

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Tuakana Teina with Team 5

This term our focus is on reading and how we can share and get support from the people 
around us. Room 25 would like to thank Miss Tapuke , Team 5 , Mr Moran and Room 22
for being so caring and kind and giving your time to read with us.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

PENN Room 25 Term 2

We have been learning about how simple machines help us in the physical world. Our news looks at how a pulley makes it easier to lift heavy loads. Mr Jacobsen came to our space with his pulley and attached it to a bean in our space. We all got a turn at pulling up a bucket full of books. We tried lifting the bucket without the pulley and it was very hard. When we used the pulley it was much easier because Mr Jacobsen said that there are actually 2 ropes helping to lift the load.

We had a really cool afternoon. Thank you Mr Jacobsen for coming to our space.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Problem Solving

My first attempt at problem solving with mixed ability groups. I put a problem up on the board and the students were given a pencil and paper to draw or show their working out. The problem was an addition. I reminded the students of the ways we had discussed how we could solve problems. 

I have 26 pairs of Jandals  ( image ) and  I bought  4 pairs from the warehouse, How many pairs of jandals do we have altogether.

Refection:  I think the students did well for our first attempt. Some of the groups need to be changed.
I have a lot of students who sit back and let others do the solving. We need some turn taking so that everyone in the group contribute their ideas and everyone listens and encourages others.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Maths Inquiry

This year Pt England School is embarking on the  Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities  formally known as DMIC with  Professor Bobby Hunter. I like Bobby's passion and commitment to the programme and delivering an inquiry-based teaching approach aimed at raising student achievement in low decile schools. I'm confused but interested and after having conversations with colleagues I felt better knowing that I was not the only class that had not started the programme. 

However,  I was inspired this morning after my meeting with our Associate Principal who helped guide me in my Inquiry question to shape my ideas for what I wanted to do with my students. So my question is - Will introducing language problems and real world contexts improve the language of maths for lower performing students in my class. This may need a bit more thinking but it's a start in the right direction of my inquiry.

Opportunity for a discussion

When things happen in class one of my student's always comes to me and say's "Ms Tumahai I think we have a problem."  this can be a little tiring considering the solution is a quick fix.
So I decided to ask the students to discuss amongst themselves their thoughts of what is a PROBLEM?, what does it mean?. They started putting up their hands but I decided no hands up would be helpful to sieve out the student that had lots to say and the students who had the least because this would help group the students in preparation  for my inquiry. 

Will introducing language problems and real world contexts improve the language of maths for lower performing students in my class?

I wrote down their thoughts. I then put up another question for discussion Can you fix problems?  Here is what the students said.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Introducing Room 25

Room 25 2018

This year I get the opportunity to work in an Innovative Learning Environment and I'm excited but also very anxious. I'm with some new teachers who come with new fresh ideas so this will be great when sharing in this new space. More updates coming soon.