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In the Spotlight - Carly Kidd

spotlightEnabling e-Learning is inviting members to be put In the Spotlight and share a bit more about themselves so that we can get to know them. You may be approached to share, or if you would like to volunteer yourself or suggest someone else then please contact Nathaniel or Tessa.

In the Spotlight this week is Carly Kidd.



C KiddName: Carly Kidd

School/organisation: The Gardens School, Manurewa

Mihi/introduction

Kia ora tatou, ko Carly Kidd ahau!

This year I am teaching in a Year 6 e-learning class, with two fantastic teachers and 45 students. We are currently enjoying the opportunity to learn together in a collaborative learning environment at The Gardens School in Manurewa.

I am the Hapori (team) leader, Senior Literacy Leader and part of the Change Team - planning for our new school that is expected to be completed in November 2017 (which is super exciting!!!).  
 

What is the most exciting/inspiring thing that you have been involved with in education that involves e-learning tools or pedagogies?
This year I completed my postgraduate studies through Mind Lab, which has been a very inspiring journey! Getting time to tinker with cool new gadgets and tools and then taking these straight back into the classroom has been a lot of fun for both my students and I! From my MInd Lab papers I now have a much greater understanding of the current changes in education and the need for future focused education.  I have really enjoyed being able to introduce exciting e-tools and implement changes to my teaching as well as encouraging and supporting my teaching team to do so too.  The weekly sessions at Mind Lab gave me the opportunity to discuss ideas, experiences and challenges with a range of teachers who had a lot to offer! It has also been very reassuring that much of what I do is effective pedagogy for developing the 21st century skills students need to be successful in their futures.  I am a big advocate for the Mind Lab course being a core component for those studying to become teachers!!!

I am also excited that our school has an awesome leadership team… they have given us the opportunity to inquire into what works in MLE/ILE/ILS through visiting other schools, taking up PD opportunities and then bringing those ideas back to trial in our classrooms - so that we can work out what will work for our kids and our place. You learn so much when you are in an environment that fosters risk taking and promotes ‘Kids being kids’ and that ‘learning should be fun’!

 
What are you most looking forward to in regards to 21st Century education this year?

This year I have been working in a collaborative space (for the first time in my 15 years of teaching!) with 45 wonderful Year 6 students.

Our focus has been on fostering student agency through teaching our students how to analyse their assessments to develop their own next steps and learning programmes (self directed learning), encouraging a growth mindset and building relationships with our parent group through using Class Dojo.  So far, experimenting with collaborative teaching has been a great experience - especially having a shared responsibility for our students and to be able to utilise the strengths of our teaching team so that we can maximise the learning and achievement of all of our students. So I guess what I am most looking forward to, is seeing how all of these key components develop and evolve, to enhance our student’s learning journeys and of course their achievement for the rest of the year!

 

 

What do you get up to in your relaxation time?
I like to visit cafes and have a coffee, go shopping, drink wine and spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing touch and watching rugby!


Favourite quote:

An important Maori proverb for me is Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - Which means, with your food basket and my food basket, the people will prosper.  I think this depicts collaborative teaching and learning quite well!