Friday, August 24, 2012

This week we completed the second cycle of JK with an Amazing Race!  It fitted very nicely with our WALT: testing a hypothesis of what success is.  My students had to complete a range of tasks, take videos or pictures of the finished piece and upload them onto a Keynote on the iPad.  It was a lot of fun!

This was a perfect lesson for my class!  It was obvious from the lesson that I had designed the learning so that the children were able to connect to the characteristics (some easier than others) of being successful.  Yuss!  Big tick for me. 

I was looking forward to seeing the lesson in action again so was disappointed when things didn't work out to check out Rm3's lesson.  But I was able to have a look around and observe the race in action and check out the reflection part at the end.  They did a PMI and I was really impressed with the reflective comments that the Room 3 kids made about the experience.

I had all sorts of problems trying to upload the keynotes onto youtube.  The videos  would only play sound off the first video on the slide.  I googled it and apparently this problem happens when there's more than one video on your keynote.  So I had to make a video on imovie.  Band is 'Bad Rabbits' - totally awesome funk/rock band!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Plan, Do, Review

Here is the action plan, the task and the reflection task for our JK session coming up this Monday.

JK second cycle

We got into our second cycle of our Jugyou Kenkyuu professional development last week.  Click here to find out more about this project.  And guess what?  It's my turn for the hot seat.  This means that I am the one who teaches our lesson. 

It was a great session actually - though I was a little confused with what learning we needed to do.  For example, I thought the lesson had to be something that we were already doing.   Stephen's has a student teacher on full control, which makes it hard for his class to make much progress towards their inquiry.  So he was pretty much at the beginning of his inquiry and I'm at the end(ish): taking action. 

So check out the keynote below, as it outlines what we have decided to do.     

Putting my thinking hat on, I feel a little bit nervous that 5 teachers are going to be coming to critique our lesson.  Especially due to me not having a lot of time due to being on assembly last week.
I am happy that the task is hands-on, and that it will really assist with the direction we are going with our inquiry.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chiefs Victory Haka

Faaar, this was a mean haka!  I liked the formation of the roopu.  Something to think about for our Pai Tamariki performance coming up.  Well done Chiefs!