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  • Nixon Eagle 01 Sep 2016 10:29pm () in Daily / Weekly timetables in MLE/ILE

    Thanks for sharing Darran. I remembered Mark putting this question out there and have come back to see how people implement their ILE days.

    We are about to move have two rooms combined to create an ILE space but have been rolling with a self guided learning based programme since the beginning of this term. I like the way your inquiry approach is so integrated within the day to day.

    People might be interested to check out our class website which acts as the storage space for our learners to organise their week: https://goo.gl/x6kdj2

    We have developed GAME Boards based on the Literacy Learning Progressions and National Standards expectations which form the vehicle for learner agency across the school. Students sign up for guided workshops with teachers that relate to the parts of their GAME Boards they would like to get focus on and get signed off. Students need to go to at least  6 workshops a week across reading, writing and maths.

     

    When not attending workshops, students can choose which aspects of the curriculum they work on. For example, some students could be focused on their reading while others are studying maths. Students follow workshops up with independent and small group tasks (Must Do activities.) When all must do activities are completed, learners can move onto the wide range of can do activities to pursue extra GAME Board sign offs or follow their interests. Inquiry is integrated across literacy tasks and also part of the Must Do activities.

     

    There has been a real buzz of productivity in the classes over the last 6 weeks and we look forward to continuing to fine tune aspects of our journey and progress.

     
  • Nixon Eagle 14 Jul 2016 4:25pm () in Why are innovator’s mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016

    Kelvin

    I like the idea of the app review. It gives less confident people exposure to something new and the chance to lead others' learning. That has got to be empowering and there is a bit of compliance in there as well!

    We have had success in increasing teacher confidence with tech by exploring ways to collect evidence for professional portfolios. In the end we settled on using Evernote because of the ease of the tag option for posts with multiple PTC links. I have noticed staff who were more skeptical of embracing technology are now more open minded as they have got an aspect sorted. Getting your head around an app or piece of software is a good way to remind yourself that you can do it. Thinking about ease of access and being user friendly has got to be the go to when deciding whether or not to introduce whole staff.

    Opt in E Learning cafes after school run by staff are another initiative I know a lot of schools rate. Problem can be that the very people you want turning up, don't. Brings me back to your idea. I like it!

  • Nixon Eagle 14 Jul 2016 4:08pm () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    Julie

    Thanks for sharing your journey. Having Mark Osbourne in as part of the process for reassuring the community must have been a great support. 

    I am currently doing NAPP2016 as well and have been trawling through posts making sure I have the last of my Module 2 commitments sorted. I am DP at Twyford School and we are are about to lose walls between a learning space. As my colleague and I organise ourselves and throw ideas around we are starting to feel hemmed in by creating a timetable that ensures we see enough of learners in workshops/tutorials. I am interested in how this works somewhere else. Do learners at your school need to attend a certain amount of teacher sessions? Are they choosing what they learn about or just how they approach it? Any feedback is much appreciated.

    Cheers

    Nixon

    Twyford School

    Hastings

  • Nixon Eagle 19 Jun 2016 10:32pm () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    Kia ora and greetings from Hawke’s Bay.

     

    We are readying for the walls to come down between our senior classes this year to create a space for about 50 Year 6-8 students.

    In developing our vision of what we would like learning in the new space to look like we have been heavily influenced by the recent OECD Research on ILEs. It emphasises 7 key aspects:

    1. Learner at centre

    2. Social nature of learning

    3. Emotions are integral

    4. Recognising Individual differences

    5. Stretching all students - avoid overload and demotivating regimes

    6. Assessment for learning

    7. Building Horizontal connections

     

    What stands out is their argument that all aspects need to be present at the same time to have impact. Much of this is present within our current single cell classrooms but the chance for curriculum founded on greater integration is what is really exciting myself and fellow staff.

     

    We have also developed a matrix of learning behaviours with our students and the common language of this; ‘Engaging fairly, fully & safely’ is already in effect.


    Ngā  mihi

     
  • Nixon Eagle 13 Nov 2014 3:18pm () in Napier - Hastings Schools using GAFE?

    Hi,

    I'm running both GAFE & Teacher Dashboard at Hastings Intermediate if your interested in seeing it in action.

    Cheers

    Nixon