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Staff Meeting: Learning Maps

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"Changes almost never fails because its too early.  It almost always fails because its too late." The Innovators Mindset George Couros Da Vinci - innovations never took off.  He was seed-planting though!
Infinity Learning Maps A practical in-road into the science of learning-how-to-learn...
Why? Findings from Learning & Change Networks. Students often passive recipientsTeachers are important in the students learning.Parents are important in their childrens learning.Students would like more agency in their learning.Students are unsure of what an active-connected learner looks like.Process DrawDiscuss and reflectSet a change goalRecordOutcome
Each learner, with support from teachers, family and whānau, setting a learning-to-learn change goal.
Purpose of Learning Maps For learners to take responsibility for their learningFor learners to better understand and improve their learningTo find out some big picture trends across the school.For teachers/parents to get to know learners/ch…

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Walker Learning @ Lytton Street

Walker Learning in Te Tipu 29th June 2017 CENgate
Marie Morgan Lytton Street School
"Play Matters" Kathy Walker, Shona Bass
The importance of everyone sharing the same philosophy. - what do you believe about play?About children's development?Once you have this, TRUST everyone on the floor.


Emotional, Social needs are looked at to see who moves to next class.
Walker Learning - Each class is set up the same. - Relationships are key. - Central role of play
Kathy Walker - Founding Director of Early Life Foundations Shona Bass - Managing Director of Early Life Foundations
Is a pedagogy that educates the whole child for the 21st Century.Teachers integrate children's own interests and lives into the daily programme to make all learning authentic, meaningful.
Exploratory Play (0 - 5) - Investigative play (Years 0 to 3)- Project based Learning (Years 4 - 8)
Explicit instruction of Literacy and Numeracy from Year 0
Based on Children's Current Interests - e.g. Doctors clin…

Play Based Learning

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Effective Teaching & Learning in a Play-Based School Environment

Sarah Aiono & Linda Cheer

What is Play?
Primarily, play is:

self-chosen and self-directed; Children need to have the opportunity to quit. Children need to problem solve themselves. (It grows intrinsic motivation.) process rather than product driven;its about the means rather than the end.We don't have to always 'do' something with the e.g. poemcontains structures or rules established by the players themselves;Play vs games or sportsimaginative, non-literal and removed from reality;These days, children are faced with reality most of the time.Play allows for imagination/magic to develop.occurs between those who are active, alert and non-stressed.Play/imagination happens in the pre-frontal cortex.  If stress is present, the child is not able to be working in the pre-frontal cortex.Play involves higher order thinking. Gray, 2013; Brewer, 2007
Continuum of Play

Where are we as a school?  Ranging from 4 to 7..…

Giftedness - Ten Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should

The following is a list of facts, traits and issues many would not recognize as a part of giftedness in children. Ten Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should1. It is widely acknowledged that giftedness is an inherent attribute. Giftedness is present at birth, an inherited trait. Chances are very high that one or both parents of a gifted child, as well as siblings, are also gifted. Nor does giftedness discriminate against culture, religion, social-economic status.
2. Gifted children do not always excel in school. Being gifted is no guarantee of success in school or later in life. For many various reasons, a gifted child will not always score well on tests, ace every task or turn in their homework. Many gifted children underachieve in school and often drop out.
3. Gifted children can and do have learning disabilities. As with any child, a gifted child may have learning disabilities which can negatively influence their achievement in school. Unfortunately, gifted children with …

1 to 1 Counting with Dinah

I am really excited to be getting back to teaching maths in the junior school. When I was previously in the juniors, the teaching of maths was very focused on Numeracy and in particular knowledge. I will be approaching this completely differently now after my PD with Dinah over the past 2 years. I met with Dinah this week and we primarily discussed the teaching of 1 to 1 counting through Strand.

The Coaching Habit 2

One thing that we do well in NZ to respond/cater to/for diversity.

Inclusive of familiesUse of own language (in SLC)Diverse StaffStrategic - set up people to 'look after' different groups within the schoolDiversity is not just about culture - family structures, personalising learning etc
Empowerment Means different things for different peopleBeing able to chooseHow do we TRULY personalise PLD for staff?We tend to organise through systemsSchools have always been highly structuredBUT how do you get consistency throughout the school e.g.agencythe teaching of subtractionWe need to be responsive to what is in front of us
Being strategic is about saying no to the thing you want to say yes to. It is possible to set an expectation and coach your way to it.e.g. "It is an expectation that hui will happen every week, what can we do to achieve that?" "What are the barriers?" "What is the challenge here for you?"Have we set the expectation clearly enough for our …

Abandon Subjects

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http://www.bamradionetwork.com/bloggers/why-we-need-to-abandon-subjects-and-focus-on-big-picture-learning

What a great article outlining the need to flip education on its head.  Why do we continue to try to make the learning match the real world or make connections to the real world?

What we really need to do is teach the real world!

This makes so much sense, yet traditionally in NZ and around the world, we continue to teach subjects in isolation.  This is not what life is all about.

Help Children Learn and Love Maths

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I came across this great visual today outlining 12 strategies from Jo Boaler to help pupils learn and love Maths.


Praise what children have done not the child.Always be a good Maths role model.Praise mistakes as learning opportunities.Encourage pupils to work on challenging problems.Help but don't do it for them.Encourage drawing wherever you can.Support pupils to make sense of maths at all times.Encourage pupils to think flexibly about numbers.Never time children as they work.Pinpoint the logic in incorrect answers.Give children Maths puzzles.Play games that use Maths. As I reflect on this list, I love the way that these strategies summarise the work that we have carried out with Dinah over the past two years. 
My favourite?  Number 3 without a doubt!  Praise mistakes as learning opportunities.  This is something that I am passionate about - in fact we celebrate mistakes.  Kids know that I love it when they make a mistake.  
I just had another thought though - I'm not so kee…

New Entrant Teacher Survey

Dear Teacher
I am a student in the UCOL School of Photography, Arts and Design, Palmerston North. As part of my study I am undertaking a research project that sets out to investigate illustration as an educational tool for new-entrant school children.
To achieve this, part of the project is to determine the perceptions of primary school teachers about child readiness for starting school and any resources that may be useful for teachers and pupils during the transition into a new entrant class.
Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. You will be asked to complete a brief survey that will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. Completion of the survey implies that you consent to take part in the study.
Responses collected will form the basis of my research project and the basis for a report. All responses will be analysed on an anonymous basis. Only my supervisor, Andre Te Hira and I will have access to the data collected. All data will be stored securely and destroyed after…

Te Tiriti - Vicky

Joy Cowley Poem - "I enjoy looking at other people's roads"

What does the Treaty mean for us to RSS?

The lens of Education Act 1989 - Principles of Partnership, Protection and Participation.

NZ is both Bi-cultural and Multi-cultural.

We have all come from somewhere.  What do we know about the first people who were here in NZ?

1100 - First people came
1769 - Cook 'discovered' NZ
1790 - Traders
1840 - Treaty
1860 - PN established
1931 - RSS began

Language I use tells a story - we need to be conscious of what language we use. Were my descendants called to come to NZ?
We all come from multi-cultural backgrounds - and we make up this nation.
Who defines as Maori? How is that defined? Whakapapa (You are Maori if you can prove you are)If you have all of that, you can still choose not to be. We learnt as children that the Moriori were in NZ first, then the Maori came and 'eat and beat' the Moriori.  What in that is true?  Melenesian descent line rather than Polynes…