This first term of my teaching career has been crazy, I've been pushing myself in so many directions, constantly reflecting, refining and trying to improve my teaching ability. One of my main focuses for next term is to cater to the students with higher ability in our class, sometimes they can be overlooked because they are no longer urgent to get above standard. However I believe we should still be continuing to accelerate these higher achievers instead of ticking the box that they are at standard and moving on. One of the tools we will be utilising to reinforce this continuing acceleration will be the fast finishers section of our class website that we have created. This will provide opportunity for learners who have finished their initial work before the rest of the class to maintain the work mind space. It will include activities on the iPad and with other materials that focuses on basic facts, spelling, blends and problem solving. The other aspect is a passion project which is a research topic of their choice that they will work on, with support initially but progress to working independently over time. We are aiming to develop their reading to learn ability and being able to gather ideas and information from text and video. Today I have spent creating the site to support this learning, it;s still under development but you can check it by clicking the picture above! Feel free to leave any feedback, I'm more than open to it being a continuous development.
A little about me...
My name is Juliana Treadwell and I have the privilege of being a part of the MDTA 2016 crew! During my first year of this course I will be a part of an awesome year two/three class at Tamaki Primary School with my highly knowledgeable mentor Sally Barlow. I'm super pumped for this crazy adventure and through this blog I hope you can live and learn vicariously with me and enjoy the experience as much as I am!
Friday, 15 April 2016
Friday, 8 April 2016
During this first term my main focus has been so heavily set on ensuring that students are completing their work, which to me seems like basic foundations and a build up to "deeper learning". Maybe this mind set has meant that I haven't felt it a priority to make sure that I am regularly updating our blog.
Student work such as handwriting and follow up reading activities hasn't been uploaded because I haven't deemed it exciting enough for an audience, it's simply too basic.
What I realised today is that is probably the most restricting thing I could do as a teacher. I need to give students opportunities for all their work to go on the blog, this will not only excite them but also give them a purpose for their work.
This will support students that are inclined to rush their work, if they have an audience other than their normal teachers this could encourage them to slow down, take their time and take pride in their work.
The blog is not to show off their final 'good copy' of work but show the development and process of learning.
Basically from now our class blog is going to get a lot more busy! Keep up with the action here!
Friday, 1 April 2016
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we create them" - Albert Einstein.
During todays digital immersion session we had the opportunity to collaborate to create a website as a team that can be used as a template to teach critical thinking in relation to a current event. I found creating the content for this website to be quite a struggle, I needed to ensure the critical thinking aspect but also remember the ability of my students. I have used a multimodal approach to my page so my learners can navigate freely without being disadvantaged by screeds of written text. I have also ensured that each component of this inquiry has been unpacked individually to lead up to a critical analysis of what materials Fijians schools school be made from. Check out what I have developed here!