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Weekly update 22nd September

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

       Well four more sleeps until the holiday and a well earned rest! Despite the closeness of the end of term we are all active online and thinking about our teaching.
A new member of our community, Shirley (welcome Shirley) continued our discussion on creative writing and made some recommendations for teaching and tools that could be used to support learners with this type of text. 
Another new member of out community, James (welcome James) has asked for help with internal moderation. James has been asked to provide or link to exemplars of achieved and not achieved  for the following standards
  • US 2985 Read simple information texts - level 1
  • US 2986 Read information texts in familiar contexts - level 2
  • US 15006 - Understand simple spoken information and instructions
  • US 15007 - Understand spoken information and instructions in familiar contexts
  • US 17139 - Write simple descriptions
Unfortunately there are no exemplars for unit standards in the way that there are for achievement standards. What advice can you give James in order to manage this process?
Rachel asked for advice regarding the use on online translators in assessments. The issue is that paper dictionaries in some language are very hard to come by. I know that I tried for many years to find a Kiribati/English paper dictionary to no avail but that there are some online options
Thanks you to those who have replied to this post and I wonder if anyone has further suggestions that might help Rachel?
I alerted the community to online PD opportunties
Also of interest are the proposed changes to the Care of International students in the Code of Practice. For more information go to this page.

On other communities

On Primary ESOL Online Janet shared another great blog post on Key Instructional Ideas to support oral language development.
Primary ESOL Online also shared simplified ELLP judgments for use with students and parents
Michelle shared the Pasifika update.
Literacy Online have discussed using data to drive teaching and learning and posed four very pertinent questions
  • What information do I need to gather ?  
  • Will the assessment chosen give me that information?
  • What is the purpose for gathering this data?
  • How will it help teaching and learning?  
Secondary Literacy Online discussed paraphrasing.
And finally on English Online both David and brightened my Monday morning by making me think and laugh.
In relation to assessment David wrote about the Winnie the Pooh stair descent conundrum: ‘Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.’
and here is Catriona's post.
Have a great week

Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 

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