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.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

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 have especially found the Team 2 sessions with Jo helpful. Some fresh ideas for working with groups or whole class. Seeing Jo in action with some of the student has been great. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive

Really disappointed today the exam was a challenge. Need to spend some time in the holidays to go over the parts of the exams that I need to work on. Not really much to say. 

Thanks to Dorothy, Matt and Gerhard for their support this term, lovely to meet more
teachers in the Maiakalani Cluster. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 8

Week 8 and our last week of Learn, Create, Share with our amazing support Dorothy, Matt, Gerhard and today, James. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with the 2017 Term 3  Digital Fluency Intensive Group. What a term this has been, high points during the term for me were getting to Learn, Create and Share with other Manaiakalani teachers it has been a pleasure spending Friday's with you all. 

This Friday we spent time working in New Site. We all created a new site which we have linked our Class Blogs, Class Sites and Professional Blogs which will be a good way to keep in touch with each other. I also linked our Multimodal Brainstorm activity for the story of the Lion and the Mouse. Google New Site was so much easier to work with then Google Create a site, so thankful I got this opportunity to get support  and a whole day to play and work on this.  Below is a screen shot of my learning, and a lot of creating and the end result with a link to this site.                                                                                                                        

In week 9 we will all sit a 3 hour exam for our Level 1 Google Education Badge. Good Luck everyone.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive.

Week 7
Today we looked at making our site page visible and engaging for learners. 
When looking at my own site I wondered what my learners thought about it because they are the ones that will use this site everyday.
In our discussions I found out that the students thought it was too busy and there were buttons that had no links, they wanted something new and different. Below is the learning site page.
I took into account all the things my learners discussed and made changes. So far I have my WALT, all the books for the week in it's own box,  word work is in it's own box and activities in the other. The box to the right is something different  and new the students have not seen this, they are Ready to Read audio books. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 6

Week 6: In DFI last week Dorothy talked about the importance of Visible teaching and learning. I have since looked at my learning site page I made at the beginning of the year for my learners. Having a year 2 class is great, the potential to make our learning site page more visible is endless and I look forward to being a part of creating a new Team 2 collaborative learning site page for our new SHARED LEARNING SPACE next year. 

We looked at building our very own Professional Standards for the Teaching Profession site using tables and HTML. I really enjoyed this because we split into 3 small groups and got time to work at our own pace and really focus and understand the technical side of site building. Thanks Gerhard for assisting us in setting up our Professional Standards site page. 
Below is a snapshot of my Professional Teaching and Our Code Our Standards.

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 heav...