Sunday, 18 August 2019

Inquiry Term 3, Week 5

I am quite pleased with the progress the girls are making in my focus group. They doing well in both Reading and reading writing.

Reading Data:

Writing data:

What's working so far:
-Using visuals images to encourage rich conversation, children are able to share ideas easily and confidently.
-Working on blends, middle, sounds and endings every morning or whenever the opportunity arises has been very useful. We refer to them all the time and keep adding to the wall. For example I know ing now this says ang, like bang, clang, sprang.
-Having all the words for my sentence in my head, repeat it 3 times before I start writing.
-Using knowledge of known words to write unknown words, often this is linked to reading. For       example I know come so I can write some. I know the 'ar' sound now I can write g ar d en.
-Read my story to 3 before me.
- Working with the teacher to edit my work- Capital letters, full stops are used in the right places.
-My story has a beginning middle and end.

Over the next few weeks I will continue focussing on what we're working on.
I want to focus on
-Words I can write for eg. I know come so I can write some, probably start doing spelling tests again.
- Read my work to see if it makes sense and edit my work with support from the teacher.
- Use BAR key when writing

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Inquiry Term 2 Week 10

I have changed my focus group. I have five children in my focus group and they are all girls. Three of the girls have already turned 6 and they can write a sentence independently. They can spell many basic everyday words and are attempting to use their letter sound knowledge to write some difficult and tricky words.  One of the girls is reading at Green 1 L12 and the other 4 girls are reading at Blue 2 Level 10. They work well together however there are 3 girls who are quiet and shy. When prompted will share their ideas. They can have conversations and share ideas freely when in a small group.

Over the last few weeks I have been using pictures from books as a resource to help my class with their writing. I select images that will hook the children, engage them to have a rich conversation.
Sometimes images are from a story we read. I have been using Dr. Janie Van Hees gifting rich vocabulary word groups.
We start with a  visual prompt:

Who is in the picture- characters and giving them names- Baby bear, Mother bear, Mother hen
Where are they- in the deep dark forest, warm nest.
What happened- they are hungry, feeling scared.

I have also talked to the class about a BME:
Your story must have a:
Some children in the class are beginning to understand what this all means.
Over the last few weeks my focus group with my support have been writing sentences with a BME.

When writing independently:
I am noticing:

Ideas being repeated  - words being repeated,
Confusions and therefore lots of mistakes- children keep changing their ideas or cannot hold onto initial idea or does not have that entire idea in their head before they start writing.
They dive straight into what happened-  for eg- she is hungry.
It has to be their idea and I need to give them waiting time which can be a bit difficult with 14 other children in the classroom.

Next steps:
Work in small groups or I walk around as everyone writes.
Continue using our i-Pads as a resource to record our sentences- Say my sentence- listen to it and now write the words for my sentence.
Children that have a good memory can work on holding one part of their story in their head.

Activities in the classroom:
Play memory games.
I spy games

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Inquiry Term 2 Week 5.

In my last presentation I said that I was going to investigate using Elkonin Boxes to support my students when they writing unknown words. I had a think about this and decided to put this in the later to do basket.
I wanted my learners to write a sentence. The challenges we faced were:
- remembering all the words in my sentence.
- what word do I needed to write next in my sentence
- having to look for the words in the my alphabet card and copying it in my book and still hanging onto all the words in sentence.

I decided to use DICTATION as a form of writing.
The children listened to an audio recording of a sentence and had to LISTEN to the words, SAY the words and WRITE the words.
We did this for about three weeks and now children are recording their ideas SAYING recording their sentence, LISTENING to it, REPEATING the words WRITING them down CHECKING to see if it matches to what they said - Rewindable learning.

I think this strategy is working for my students. Some evidence of this is the 6 year net testing. One of my students got tested and surprisingly did well in the dictation part of the test. The child was confident and attempted to record all the words in the sentence and wrote some sounds for unknown words.
I will continue with this for the rest of the term. I am thinking of changing my focus group for next term and want to focus on a group of learners who are capable of writing a few sentences and are working on adding more detail, rich vocabulary to their piece of work.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

My Inquiry focus for 2019

I have a class of delightful Year One children.This year I have more girls than boys. Many of them started school last year and I have about new entrant children that started and the beginning of the year. They have formed some good relationships with each other because they have been to the same kindergarten and child care centres. 

My inquiry will focus on the CoL Achievement Challenge:
#2. Lift the  achievement for boy's writing Years 1-10.

Inquiry Focus: My focus is on writing a sentence:
Children will be learning to confidently share an idea to write about by speaking in full sentences to other children.

I will be focussing on two groups, three children in each group I will be following Dr. Gwenneth Phillips writing programme where we learn to write a simple co -constructed sentence. I will write this sentence in a modelling book and the children will help me write the words for our sentence. I will be structuring sentences in such a way that we
-learn a high frequency word in every writing session.
-DOS - direction ,orientation and sequencing of letters when writing high frequency words.
- HRS: Hearing and recording sounds-choose a word in the sentence where children will be taught how to use letter sounds to write unfamiliar words- teach children strategies like sounding out the word slowly letter by letter and then attempting to find letter that makes that sound on their butterfly card. Start with most dominant sounds in words.
- Syllabication: breaking words into parts.

-Many children in the group have limited vocabulary language structures to express what they wish to share.
They may utter a word, use gestures point or even shrug their shoulders.
- They have confusions between letters and numbers, letters and words, words and sentences, leaving a space, -
-Difficulty repeating the idea that has been shared, difficulty in recalling the words in the sentence that has been shared, difficulty with language structures especially if English is your second language. .

What might work: Dr. Gwenneth Phillips writing programme. The teacher is a role model and we share the writing process.

To investigate:
-Using i Pads to record the co- constructed sentence and play the sentence to check and see what word comes next when we writing.
-For the capable children who are already on their way and know a few basic words we can use the iPad to record those unfamiliar words we need to sound out.
-Make learning rewindable.Children at this year level find it hard to remember the words in their sentence. I want to trial using the iPads to record their sentence and later use this method when they are trying to write independently.

I am working on the key competencies and setting up the norms when we are in a group lesson.
- managing self - focus on lesson and what is being shared.
- building confidence to share an idea (speak up so others in the group can hear your idea and add more)
- speaking in full sentences
-repeating other children's ideas.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

End of Year Reflections

This is what what for my students:
Initially doing Math’s using the DMiC approach was really hard for my students. They struggled when working in groups, many of them lacked the confidence, whereas others were so confident that they would dominate the task and the sharing back to the group. Students experienced difficulty with comprehension and interpreting word problems. They had limited language and vocabulary skills to share and express their thinking. Children lacked self-management behaviours and skills. the quiet and reluctant children did not engage with learning content. These barriers led to frustration and disengagement.

There has huge shift in behaviour and performance: Children have grown in confidence and can manage themselves, they can work in groups or pairs and complete given tasks. Students are taking turns, asking questions, repeating, re-voicing, explaining their thinking, ask for help from their peers when the need to. These behaviours are visible in other learn areas for eg writing and reading. We have a rich dialogic classroom where there is a high level of engagement.

The evidence that I have for this is:
JAM testing data, Explain Everything activities, My reflections, OTJ’s, Class site, Class blog, Individual blogs and My Professional Inquiry

The things I did was:
I had to change my doing Maths this way was new learning for me, Therefore I had to trust myself, not to underestimate my learners abilities and potential as this inevitably limits their learning opportunities.

I worked on setting up social norms and culture of the classroom, modelled how to work with a partner.
I had to teach and show the children how to work collaboratively and share their knowledge.

Build children’s confidence and respect for each other, by encouraging and praising them all the time.

Using their strengths to hook them into learning and planning accordingly. Generate challenging problems and providing opportunities that build on student proficiencies, which enables them to connect to the big mathematical ideas and to anticipate their thinking.
 I am always reflecting on my practice, talking to colleagues, working collaboratively and sharing my inquiry at a staff and cluster wide level.  

Things that I will work on:
I will continue to work collaboratively with teachers to create a bank of DMiC Math’s resources.
Continue to build onto my Math’s wall – as this is excellent resource that is used to record, visualize and assist learning.

As Roberta said ”This is going to be really hard, you’re going to struggle with it, but it’s going to be really great when you’re finished.”
And that’s exactly how I feel, GREAT!

The table below shows JAM testing data for Modules 1 and 2 for both June and December. There is a significant shift and improvement in performance.

This graph is a visual representation of data in the table above.
Module 1 means - Addition and Subtraction. (blue coloured )
Module 2A means - Multiplication and Division.(red colour)
Module 2B means - Proportion.(Orange colour)
1 means Stage 1 - Counts One to One.
2 means Stage 2 - Apply counting all strategies using materials.
3 means Stage 3 - Apply counting all strategies by imaging.
4 means Stage 4 - Apply counting on, counting back, skip counting and simple grouping strategies.
5 means Stage 5 - Apply basic addition facts and knowledge of place value and symmetry to combine or partition whole numbers.

 Overall I am so proud of my students and their achievements. The students have significant shift  compared to the testing done in June. It's been a long and tough learning journey for the students and their families who continued to help and support their children get to this point in their learning.

Monday, 22 October 2018

DMiC Term 4

DMiC- Term 4

It’s going to be an exciting term. We had lots happening in Week One. The children were buzzing with excitement from day one. Team One children went on a school trip to the zoo. Prior to the trip, we discussed ‘Rules at the zoo’ and then children were looking at the zoo map tracking the animals, searching for the toilets and finding the rotunda where we were all going to meet up for lunch. This involved lots of conversation and rich vocabulary.

In the bus, on our way to the zoo, the children that I was sitting with were singing nursery rhymes. When they had enough of “The wheels on a bus go round and round” they did not know what to sing next. I looked around and saw some of the children in my class sitting close by. I said to him “ I have a problem for you. Will you help me solve it.
He looked wide-eyed all excited and said: “Yes, yes, so what's the problem?”
The problem is that: “There are 5 seats on the bus and if two children sit on each seat how many children are there altogether?

This sent a ripple effect to other children/parents sitting around us. I saw excitement, engagement, other children trying to listen, children explaining the problem to others, children popping their heads out and counting seats and children, I noticed some children using their fingers, and others just thinking. No classroom with- number charts, maths equipment, paper, and pens. Just us, sitting on a bus.

Everyone was engaged, trying to solve the problem with their buddies sitting next to them.
We could have solved about 3-4 problems before reaching the zoo.
We did more math problems on our way back home. This time it was a request from some children.
We did problems that involved doubling, counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s.
It’s was a great day at the zoo seeing the animals but what really stood out for me was  doing “DMiC on the bus” 

The holiday drop off.
This affected half the children in my class. Week One was slow and painful. My priority learners struggled in all areas, Reading, Writing, and Maths. I thought that I could do some testing around maths knowledge but then gave up. Some children that have been learning over the holidays were able to continue with the learning from where we left off at the end of Term 3. Others struggled with their learning and behavior(tired, restless, grumpy) and I had to drop back a level.

What I plan to do over the next few weeks.
1.              Do one DMiC lesson a week with everyone.
2.               Have flexible groups and work on number knowledge- number identification, counting on, counting back, doubles, skip counting in 2’s up to 20 and arrays.

3.              When children are not with me they will be doing follow up tasks consolidating on the learning from previous session- this could be on their iPads, in their books/worksheets and playing math’s games.