Sunday, 1 July 2018

DMiC end of Term 2 Reflection

We have reached the end of the Term 2 and a few of the learners in my group have definitely come long way in terms of their behaviourial and cognitive engagement. Some children are getting better at being able to focus and concentrate for longer periods. I am continuing to work on setting up norms and culture in the classroom for example: "We are here to learn, I want you to try harder, playing with the counters is for another time, you have a job to do here, are you helping/supporting your partner?

We are continuing to solve a problem by:
-talking to each other.
-explain to the group "What the story is telling us?"
-having a conversation with our partner and discussing the method we are going to use to solve the problem.
- listening when someone is sharing.
- repeating and show an understanding what others have said.
- being able to notice that we have different answers, having the confidence to explain/talk about the method/strategy they used to solve the problem.
-being able to agree/disagree and having the confidenece to explain their thinking.

What I have noticed: 
-Some children that have a good knowledge of numbers are starting to make the connections and see the patterns and are therefore able to use this knowledge to solve the problems, for example: if 2+2=4 then 20+20 makes 40.
-Doubles plus one more, for example if :6 and 6 makes 12 then 6 and 7 makes 13-we are just adding one more.
The capable learners are able to understand/comprehend the word problem (I am getting more, I am taking away, I am sharing)  
A few children in the group can count in 2's up to 30, count in 10's to 100 and are using this knowledge to solve problems. 

Children that lack number knowledge are struggling to keep up with the their partner. When given a challenging problem with large numbers they struggle and then they get restless. They end up annoying the others who are working. They play with counters and often miss out on the good learning opportunities that come out of the session. Don suggested that they find/use resources in the classroom to support the with their counting, for example: number line and hundreds chart. I  followed up on this yet once again I find that the engaged learners use it well because they can read, locate and find the numbers they need and the less capable learners need support.

What next:
I need to work on developing a good number knowledge and in order to do this I  probably need to work at the level/ability of these learners- have flexible groupings.  I need to motivate the unable learners and  build their self confidence by creating opportunities where they experience success.
I need to continue working on follow up activities that consolidates the learning after they leave the teachers table.
Work on the language/comprehension when reading the problem. May have to visualise the problem, use counters, more hands on tasks.

Some follow up tasks that children completed on their iPad.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Digital Fluency Intensive Day 4

Today we had a very interesting and busy day. We started with Dorothy talking to us about share. She took us way back to April 2005 when YouTube (where you are able to broadcast yourself), Twitter (empowered the rich famous celebrities), Bebo, and Facebook, (where friends share their lives) was born and brought about a new form of sharing. This brought about a new form of sharing and is what our children use to make themselves known.
At our school children use Blogger to share their learning. A blog is set it up where every child's blog is owned by Board of Trustees.Teachers can see what children share because all their work is visible through the teacher dashboard.
The Blogger app is used by both students and teachers. Blogger is a tool for supporting the Cyber Smart curriculum. It has specific guidelines that teaches children how to behave appropriately when sharing with to an  audience.Children learn how to be positive, thoughtful and helpful commentators.

I have a class blog and the children in my class have their own individual blogs. They love looking at photo's of themselves, their friends and their learning. It is powerful learning tool that shows a snapshot of their learning journey. Children like looking back at their older posts, for example, when they started school or the time they did something special. It shows progress of learning over a period of time and for many children it is something that they can be proud of. Family/whanau and friends can visit their work (anytime, anywhere and anyplace).

Dorothy talked about the Summer Learning Journey. Researchers at Wool Fisher looked at data and found that children who blogged two times a week (maintained their learning) and children that blogged three times a week (results were high). As teachers we need to encourage and set tasks to keep the children engaged in their learning so that we can maintain/accelerate learning and raise achievement.

The second half of the day day focussed on Multi Modal learning. We had an opportunity to visit some sites. The key idea is hooking the learners both behaviourially and cognitively, making children excited about their learning and engaged with the curriculum in many ways: watching a video clip, using hyper studio to draw, create animations, dance and drama.Teachers can be creative as well by hooking the learners for example: Immersion assembly.

Our task for the day was to create a site and the theme we used was "Garden with Science." The teachers worked in age level groups to collaborate, share ideas and resources. Susan and I worked collaboratively on this site. I found this task really easy as I have been using sites for more than 3 years. As a school we started with Classic Sites and now with the New Sites. I prefer the New Site because it is much easier and also looks nice on an iPad. I found that managing my folders and labelling my work helped me access what I needed easily. Our school has a shared folder of projects that teacher have created. We can download the activities or add to it (repurpose) and re-share it again. We keep adding to the shared folder and now have a wide range of activities for all year levels. This  makes workload easier and allows for children to have a wide range of learning opportunities.

The children in my class access their learning through their class site. I use visual images and symbols to hook and engage my learners. They can independently go to the class site and download their tasks for the day.