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  • Frances McCarthy 29 May 2017 11:06am () in Feedback on Teacher Inquiry please? Am I on the right track?

    Hi Pam

    this looks like it will be very useful to yourself and your tamariki. I am unsure of the age you are working with and what technology you are using, in many of our classes we use Seesaw for children to share their learning with their teacher and whānau. This means they can read their stories aloud independently before you conference. 

    I also wonder about something like "Your fantastic elastic brain' by JoAnn Deak to start reflecting on their mindset and how they can grow as learners if they have a poor attitude towards themselves as learners.

  • Frances McCarthy 07 Jul 2016 11:26am () in SMS - LMS etc.

    We are using eTAP and I am struggling with accessing data to get info on break downs for ethnic groups and gender without having to make lots of different subgroups. We have been able to print off graphs to show individual progress which the parents value. I don't know how it would work for parents to access info, we haven't looked at that yet.

  • Frances McCarthy 04 Jul 2016 10:08am () in Reading Levels

    We recently changed the way we have done it too, I was concerned that for the 6 year net that we were inflating the reading age by not including comprehension, also that the PM Benchmarks did not reflect what the child could do with a seen text at the lower levels, while also recognising that for a lot of our students the 'rich vocabulary' of RtR was too hard unless they had had repeated discussions and exposure to the text.

    For anniversary and mid anniversary testing we decided to use seen text with comprehension for levels 1- 14, then PM Benchmarks for levels 15 -20, then Probe for higher levels. We have just started this and need to meet and reflect on how it has gone this term to see if there are any refinements to be made.