Developing learner agency through eLearning! #ulearn18

Tokorua kaiako from Whakarongo School showing us their experience. Modern learning school.

What is learner agency?
- giving our learners the power to act
- self initiative, self regulation
- agency is interdependent
- student's own actions and how they affect others

Whakarongo school have model of 4 values. Navigator, collaborator, connector and innovator

Links to the key competency of managing self...
Time management is a big idea...
Every pod has a simple timetable displayed in the Pod, seesaw, emailing etc It has all the things that children need to know what's going on and where it is happening and then this links to take an interest into what is happening in the day and taking responsibility.
Simply for knowing and keeping track...
The big question they prompt for children is 'What is it I need to have done this week?'

Learning pathways
Tailored to the needs of children they have each year, across each 'year pod' (year groups) as well as school wid…

Let's not be afraid...Karawhiua! #ulearn18

Tena tatou katoa e te whanau!

Ukaipo - knowing who you are and where you're from.

Whaea Rachel explains her own personal journey, te waka o te reo maori.

Tuahiwi kura has massive whanau connection and is an integral part of the school.


Begin with your mihi - my own understanding and one of the first things I personally learnt on my own journey is the difference between whakapapa and pepeha. Whakapapa is your blood line your whanau, pepeha is your whenua, the land that represents you.

Everyone should know a mihi.

We all have a mihi  - we all have connections to he wahi me he rohe (places and area's)

Something I encourage my tamariki to do at the beginning of every year.
This is an awesome way to engage whanau, they think they don't have a mihi and then make really cool discoveries about their families and it brings everyone together really nicely.

Reaching out to whanau is very big!

What to implement in your akomanga?

- Kupu o te ra
- Rerenga o te wiki
- Karakia
- Kem…

Hookin' up with Inquiry

Rachel and Nathan from Island Bay School in Wellington.

Simon Snek represent! Talk in terms of business and organisation - teachers to think of this in terms of our classroom and school. His talk about the 'golden circle' and the WHY, HOW and WHAT.

Focusing on school values and inquiry planning - spend a day collaborative approach.

Big idea
Deep understanding

If you could have any character from a movie, book or tv show as your teacher who would you choose?

Be like the Frizz!
She is like an inquiry queen.

Ask the children - What are you guys in to?
Answer: Science and Paelentology

First part of inquiry...

"It's just a pile of bones, it's just a bunch of rocks.. or is it?"
Hook needs to be something to remember.
Teachers made some bones and dug them in the school grounds, with a back story.
Sold it to the kids and they had buy in immediately! Very exciting with staff members all on board to make it a big deal.
Teachers used SOLO taxonomy - Inqui…

Redesigning learning for personalisation #ulearn18

A journey of an inspirational small rural school Te Kura o Tuahiwi in South Canterbury integrating and changing the school pedagogy for their akonga.

Lots and LOTS of changes had to happen in their experience.

Working together as a kura kaupapa (full immersion Maori) was key.

Collaborative planning together (Adam Kahane article)
Learn what it is
Make a plan
Time in staff meeting
Reflection time is essential - essential, often, critical and honest
The kaimahi had to really look at themselves and see how they work as a team

Activity tiiiiiiime
Ask and answer these questions
"What was school like for us? For our parents/matua tipuna?"
"What do we want school to be/look like for our tamariki?"

What came from this: Ara Ako - personalised learning plans.
Rachel did some research and was given lots of tautoko from the tumuaki to discover how other schools are running their personalised learning style.

Questions of course came from this:
- How do the kids know what they need…

Matific is terrific #ulearn18

An e-learning programme for math!

Integrating play, discovery and technology.

First idea: Basic facts aren't basic! Basically the spiel was that testing and timed testing can be a negative in teaching math and it isn't meeting the needs of our tamariki.

The idea is that children can not learn through memorisation - they need meaning!

Maths anxiety - it's a real thing and I've definitely faced children who have come into the classroom with this, testing has created this.

So how do we address that?

Matific's idea is through Gamification.

Engaging, instant feedback, challenging at level appropriate for nga tauira,  etc.

This reminds me of a similar product that we use in our school, particularly for juniors - mathseeds or even mathletics. Really important to compare the products and see what works for you children but to be aware of a few things:
- challenging
- no red marks or crosses for incorrect answers
- have multiple paths to success
- promote problem solving ski…

Te Reo Hikoi

My journey in Te Reo has been a long winding road coming in and out of focus and although my kete is small, it's there, and it is now more than ever ready to be filled.

My big picture thinking is to be fluent in Te Reo Maori within 2 years.

And it starts now, in 2018.

My first lesson began in March at Tamaki college, surrounded by like minded people from ALL walks of life - it was so humbling.
Taku reo (my language) is desired by people across the world, ka rawe.

Together we have embarked on a journey and I couldn't be more excited.

One way I have learnt to hold onto knowledge and make it stick with me is to share it with others.
As soon as I've learnt something knew, I share it. If I can easily articulate my new learning to someone else then it solidifies it even more so for me.

One piece of knowledge I took away with me and something that when you hear you just feel it resonate, is the idea that in Te Ao Maori, the Maori way of life traditionally was to just 'do'…

How to be an effective teacher of writing - Murray Gadd

First time being at a Murray Gadd writing conference but have always heard many great things about him! He has been to the school I'm currently at so has got a great reputation.
Key ideas:
What year 1 – 8 students should achieve as developing writers?
What students do as they write?
What teachers of year 1 to 9 students should implement in the classroom.

Picture book 'Once upon an Ordinary School Day' by Colin McNaughton...describing writing in an ordinary classroom when something extraordinary happens, read the story and think about..."What is the teacher doing to make things work?"
The teacher makes the difference. He was engaging, different, no major discussion about expectations etc he just let them write. Enthusiasm! It didn't work for every child but it's not always going to work and that's ok.

What is quality writing?
What is it that you look for when reading children's writing that makes you go WOW? What makes the best writing in the class? -t…