A little about me...

Kia ora!
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!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

"In the social age, knowledge is only powerful if you share what you know" - Charlie-Helen Robinson

The idea of recording my thoughts has always been a difficult one, my personal attention span has been a  factor, trying to listen to someone talk and taking notes that manage to stay on topic is quite a struggle. Usually during a lecture or tutorial I have to rely on my memory to retain the information I have been taught, due to the occasional lapse in concentration, This generally ends up with a bunch of empty note books with random words or drawings scattered throughout. 

However today we started looking into the art of Sketchnoting. Taking the main concepts from a lecture, talk or discussion, pulling out key words and sketching diagrams, pictures and arrows to show how the ideas all work together to form the concept on one simple page. This allows you to quickly glance at the page and make connections without needing to scroll back through a hundred pages of traditional notes. 

The sketchnote I tried out today was looking at the concept of SHARE. You can interpret the picture in your own way but the main idea I was trying to portray was the concept of a genuine audience. Learners in your classroom have to be at school, when you tell them to engage and listen to another learners work or project it's not their choice, it is mandatory do to so which creates an unauthentic audience. However with technology as te kūaha (the doorway) you can create an environment where people from all over the word are searching for students learning online and engaging in discussions by their own choice. I believe this creates a authentic, genuine, engaged audience which learners will thrive off sharing with. 

Friday, 1 July 2016

"The more we share, the more we have." - Leonard Nimoy.

Today was a day dedicated to adventuring through other schools in our cluster. An opportunity to observe the learning in a different environments and how they motivate and engage their learners. I spent my time at Point England school in a year one and in a year four/three classroom. Being friday there was a diverse range of activities going on, however there was still plenty of learning to observe. 

One of the most useful things I observed today was in the year one class the teacher had used sound bytes on Explain Everything activities, a short voice over at the top of each page that quickly explained the task. This supported her learners that were not competent readers to still understand the task and what they are required to do. This is something I will look into implementing into my own practice, it can allow my less able readers to be able to rely less on constant teacher support and be able to become independent learners. 

The experiences available to us within our cluster to be able to share ideas, discuss our pedagogy and expand our perspective of learning is invaluable. The conversation we are able to have around practice with such a range of teachers, no matter their years of experience, decile or age of their  class leads us to learn so many new techniques, discuss challenges and collectively work to solve underachievement.