Monday, April 18, 2011

NZCER PD with Charles Darr

Assessment is great: scavenger hunt could be used for assessment or a point for discussion. There have beenn tests/experiements in the US where black people were told that black people do more poorly on tests before given a test actually do more poorly than others' who weren't told.

I scored 5 out of 11 in the test. Stink. Jacqui scored 10/11 - I should have looked at her test - (tehe).

Validity means getting lots of samples so that we can see the whole picture, nit part of the picture. (Photo of kid eating icecream)
Reliability - how consistent is the assessment: if I test the child again will they score the same result?

Wiggin's 'Educative assessment' - could the students do well at the task for reasons that have little to do with the desired understanding or skill being assessed? (and vice versa)

I'm sorry, why is this important? What do 'norms' look like - "they actually look quite boring" that's what she said. I do not like how assessment puts kids into boxes. Like the debate assessment there could have been a kid who performed really poorly in a "sit-down-and-shut-up" test but who performed outstanding for the debate assessment.

Stanines are associated with 'norms'
Percentiles are not percentages and cannot be averaged.
______________________ Morning Tea________________________________
A fresh approach to measuring progress:
Using Scales: just a place on your learning journey:
Maths Strategy Scale:
Y10 l - Algebraic Equations/spatial and numeric patterns/angles
Y9 l
Y8 l -
Y7 l
Y6 l - tenths
Y5 l - Counting in tens
Y4 l - Problems that can be done using counting strategies/symmetry/2D objects/halving/interpret simple graphs.

Reading Comprehension Strategy Scale:
Y10 l -
Y9 l
Y8 l -
Y7 l
Y6 l -
Y5 l -
Y4 l - Simple inferences, vocab, grammar, familiar topics, infer motives, character traits, arguments and themes.

This question was really confusing for my kids: 4/28 answered correctly. What do you think?


Lot's of stuff, including NZCER assessments for writing; they look pretty cool and I like the fact that they are done online as a test.

I found that on the NZCER website I can go into each question (comp, maths etc) and see what percentage of my kids answered correctly/incorrectly. I found this very valuable because it can give me teaching points for the rest of the year.

In sum, a pretty taxing day; but it has plugged a few gaps for me about PAT and STAR tests.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bill MacIntyre - Science PD

What are the fundamental skills about Planet Earth and Beyond?
- Light, shadows, sun
- Models; what do they represent? We are modeling this and that because it represents this...
- Time: "time is just a place" in rotation or during the year.
- Size: scale, spacial awareness.
- Gravity
- Perspective.

Tasks: size of the solar system down russell street and the distances from the sun to the planets.

Wow, talking about this brings back many memories about Teachers College. I am smiling because I remember 'measuring the moon from the sun' at The Fitz with Jade and Sam whilst having a few beers. Cool, I am looking forward to getting my kids into this. I hope I can hook in my challenging kids.

Things to follow up:
13 Lunar months in Tonga
7 Sisters/Matariki what culture is there masculine?
Black Holes - go away and do some research and come back and model your understanding for me.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Welcome Back

It has been a while since I've posted stuff here as I've been focusing on my class blog. I want to share a few things here about my practice.

One of the goals I set myself when I began my new job was to increase my confidence in leadership. Since starting at Russell Street School, I have done the following:
-The Arts Coordinator
-Leading School Singing
-Associate Teacher
-Hosted a 'how to' blog evening for the parents of my students.

And in the future, I will be in charge of the school production in term 3. Which will involve whole staff PD with me co-leading, co-writing and organising stuff. It will be my biggest challenge yet.

I also have a teacher inquiry or goal, which is based on the teacher inquiry model:

But instead if working from a deficit model, we are trying to work from an appreciative model;
-what really engages my kids?
-what ICT tools can I use?
-how can I collaborate with other classes, schools and/or countries?
-what skills will my kids learn?
-how can they reach their potential?
-how can we present our learning for the digi-awards?

I'm really looking forward to the up and coming challenges.