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.

Measurement in DMic