Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My first flight for 2015

Well, mixed feelings today!  Here I am back in the air for my first flight for 2015, the first of many.  Although I have been back at work for three days, today signifies the beginning of my travel.  Although I love it, and can’t wait to spend time with our team, I am incredibly aware of the feeling of loss: loss of time at home; loss of waking up in my own bed; loss of the freedom that comes from being at home; loss of time to visit Mum each day.

I am very excited to spend the next three days with our team.  We have lost some team members who have returned to schools and have some new team members starting this year.  We also have a new way of being as we will be working mainly with clusters of schools this year. 

I have been reading blog posts this year that have a word as a focus for the year and I have a number of words floating around in my head for 2015.  Will it be the year of: Balance? Challenge? Growth? Exploration?  It really is hard to choose just one word and maybe I can have a few! 

I know for sure that one real challenge for me is always ‘balance’.  I am committed to making sure I have a better work, life balance this year.  Ringing loudly in my ears are Brendan Spillane’s words… If you love something, don’t ruin it by doing something else at the same time.  I particularly enjoyed the break from technology over the summer holiday.  I read more, talked and listened more with my family, spent more time outside, and exercised more.

I am loving the change to be more active.  Swimming has always been something I have loved and I am really enjoying being back in the pool on a semi regular basis.  I started by managing, just managing 30 lengths, and I have gradually increased this over the summer.  Yesterday I managed 52 lengths before cramp gripped my right foot, rendering swimming impossible.  With the local pool closing at the end of March for the winter I am determined to enjoy many more swims when I am at home.  My calendar is already quite full with trips for the first three months of the year.  I have packed my walking shoes and will make do with walks while I am away. 

What changes are you making for 2015?
What might your word for the year be?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Crowd Sourced Docs

Today I spent some time reflection on the MAGIC of Crowd Sourcing.  I have created a page as a quick reference to the Crowd Sourced Docs I am aware of.  Please use these, share them, add to them.  I would love to hear of any other docs I should add to this list.  Thanks in anticipation!

My inquiry reflection

(Cross posted from my inquiry blog) 

So it's the start of 2015 and I have spent a lot of time contemplating my inquiry journey for 2014 and where I think I am heading in 2015.

After a wonderful session with Greg talking through my year, my inquiry is actually a lot more about the language I use, the questions I ask, the prompts I give, the pauses I leave.  

Early in 2014 my inquiry was heavily focused on up-skilling around inquiry to support others in their journey.  This will be an ongoing journey but this new branch is very exciting.  Constantly going around in my head are Greg's words... do you leave them with more questions than answers?  

I love our contract.  It is totally based on building capacity and capability and making sure it is sustainable.  It is focused on priority learners, exploring digital technologies to engage, support, challenge and extend. Teaching as inquiry the vehicle.

Early last year we were extremely fortunate to spend a day with Joan Dalton and David Anderson and their sessions and resources are shaping and moulding the way I listen, talk and interact. 

I am also re-reading Helen Timperley's Realizing the Power of Professional Learning.

Reflection on the various stages of the inquiry:
What knowledge and skills do our teachers and students meet to meet important goals?
Early in 2015 it was apparent that teachers and leaders needed considerable support with Teaching as Inquiry.  

What knowledge and skills do we as leaders (facilitators) need to meet the needs of our teachers and students. 
I required help to support educators as they worked their way through the inquiry process.  As my knowledge and understandings grew, my need for more support grew.  Ray was an incredible support as was Mark with documents, presentations, examples and exemplars to share with educators to deepen their understandings, challenge and support them 

Deepen professional knowledge and refine professional skills.
Ray was an incredible support as was Mark with documents, presentations, examples and exemplars to share with educators to deepen their understandings, challenge and support them. Readings, workshops, team discussions, online learning, all played a part in deepening my knowledge and refining my skills.

Engage teachers and students in new learning experiences.
In each and every school I had the privilege of working with educators at various stages of the Teaching as Inquiry journey. Successes were numerous as were the challenges.  Falling out of reflection on 2014 led me to a new branch of inquiry.  How does my use of language shape the journey?  How do I question and challenge to demand more questions than answers?  How am I overtly building sustainability by ensuring educators OWN their journey?

What has been the impact of our changed actions on outcomes we value for our teachers and students?
It has been a privilege to witness growing focus and target on learning needs through T@I.  Educators 'owning' their inquiry and deepening their knowledge and skills to meet needs has been a very visible outcome.  I still have an inkling that I am too 'involved' in the journey and at times do more than is good.  Remembering that facilitating is 'to make easy', it is indeed very easy to 'answer rather than challenge' at times.  My focus for 2015 is on my use of language to support educators in owning their journey!

Next phase of reflection:

How effective has what we have learned and done been in promoting our students' learning?
T@I workshops, sessions and discussions have been HUGELY successful in almost all schools.  A sharp focus, on a priority group has enabled a real deepening of knowledge and skills. Transferability of this is now a focus.

What should we keep going?
We need to continue supporting with T@I.  We really need to ensure there is one inquiry across the board - not separate inquiries for RTC, LwDT, other PD.
We need to ensure there is a sharing of T@I and a growing of capacity and capability across schools and clusters. 

What should we refine?
We must refine the recording process and the gathering of evidence. We must ensure there is only one inquiry across all areas, school PD focus, RTC and LwDT.  We must refine the process of honing in and focusing our inquiries. 

What should we stop?
We MUST stop multiple inquiries!

What new student learning challenges have become evident so what more do we need to learn?
We must focus on gathering evidence and recording the story of the journey.  We must identify challenges that remain, or new challenges.  We must focus the inquiry on the specific needs of our target group!

Woohoo - exciting times ahead in 2015!

Changing Results for Young Readers: Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert

Changing Results for Young Readers: Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert

A useful clip to look deeper at parts of the inquiry cycle.  Worth reflecting on whether or not we are making enough of a difference for our learners!

Innovative Learning Environments

Today's reading... http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/innovative-learning-environments_9789264203488-en

Middlemarch adventure...

I am just experimenting with timelapse apps.  Today I am sharing three clips taken using hyperlapse!  Come for a ride with us....

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I got stung...

No sooner had I posted to my blog about living life to the full, than I was able to tick off another adventure.  I took a break from the computer and took the dog down to the vege garden to pick some peas and raspberries.  I stood on what I thought was a significant prickle til I lifted my foot to see the bee.  OUCH - no wonder my kids hated getting stung!  So a first for me.  I got the sting out with a stick but was amazed at the burn, and the swollen and itchy foot tonight is definitely not a thing of beauty!  


Hi all,
First day back at work today for 2015 and I am in shock at how I have neglected my blog.  
I am wondering why this is the case.  I checked my updates on facebook and twitter too.  I notice that I have a significant increase in facebook usage and updates over the summer break with a coinciding decrease in blogging and twitter.  I think this is mainly attributable to my resolution to spend less time online over the summer.  Also, I facebook voraciously on my phone, but blog and tweet less.  So here I go committing a couple of goals for 2015.

Goal one: blog more - from my phone or ipad; they are all setup to go - no excuse there!  (very limited wifi on vodafone through summer was definitely a contributing factor, but a nice chance to be logged off and enjoy life without technology and read more books.)

Goal two: read more!  I took 9 books away with me over summer and read 5 and a half!  I am delighted with this effort and delighted to be back reading.  I am also delighted with the range of reads: fiction, non-fiction, autobiography... plus magazines!

Goal three: Sharpen the focus of my inquiry.  Thanks for my incredible support, I now see a complete new sharpened focus for my inquiry for 2015 and I am looking forward to recording this journey both on my private inquiry blog, and links here to RTC.

Goal four: Be in the moment. A number of things have happened over the break to make me increasingly aware of the complexity and fragility of time and life.  I am going for it.  I am living life to the full! "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body but rather a skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - WOW - what a ride!" 

So with these committed to my blog, off I go to undertake some professional reading in the sun for my inquiry!  Back soon with an update and another post about my Mrs Claus Santa MAGIC!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Response to a comment on my edtalk

Hi Justin,
Thank you so much for watching this clip and taking the time to comment.  I would love to share a deeper glimpse of how things looked in my daily class programme. 
A great place to start would be looking at our class blog.  A range of our learning was accessed and shared through our blog. 
A day in class was generally broken into three chunks: literacy, numeracy and inquiry learning, but learning happened across the day and week when leaners chose. The timetable for the day was set the previous day by us all, and learners would add in how that learning would look on their devices.  We had a full BYOB – bring your own browser programme, where learners could bring any internet capable device to school.  We operated a ‘high-trust’ model, where learners used Andrew Churchs’ model ‘respect and protect’. 
Although my literacy and numeracy workshops ran at set times, learners had choice over what they were working on during the day with their own record of must dos and can dos.  They opted into workshops that were on according to their needs, and some were opting in according to my request.  I used a Daily Five approach to my literacy programme and learners were given choice over their reading materials.  We buddied with a number of classes and used peer tutoring approaches to support our learners.
Learners were also a huge part of planning the sessions for learning.  They were empowered to look at what they already knew, and challenged and supported to move into the unknown.  A lot of our learning was passion based with learners having great choice.  Our sessions on identifying our own Personal Learning Environments and Networks were a great opportunity for personalisation.

I have recently found this photo from a presentation which shows some of the recording of the learning wall, so all learners were a part of setting and meeting expectations. (Both teacher and self imposed expectations.) Slide five shares some of the links that informed my thinking at the time. 

As you have seen in the video we used spaces to meet needs.  In the blog there are interesting clips of the learners sharing why certain learning spaces work better for certain tasks.  2012 was an incredible learning journey with a wonderfully reflective, engaged learning group.  I think the power of the journey was the ownership by the learners of their journey.  This extended to their families, as they were hugely involved in the journey throughout.  Families were involved in setting goals and working to achieve these.
Flexible learning spaces suit any learning style and are particularly well suited to learning on portable devices. 
It was an incredible privilege for me, to celebrate a year of learning, really exploring the potential of digital devices, with personalised learning for students.  I think it was essential for us to have the students lead the journey and be such an incredible part of the way things evolved. 
Since the beginning of 2013 I have been working as a facilitator with CORE Education, with the Learning with Digital Technologies team.  We work in schools to maximize opportunities for learning with digital technologies, especially for priority learners.  It is an incredible privilege to a part of the transformative journey of education in New Zealand.  We are increasingly moving to Modern Learning Practice with Ubiquity, Agency and Connectedness.  I do miss the class, but thoroughly enjoy the role of supporting others on their journey.
Resources that support and shape our Modern Learning Practice journey that might be useful to you are:

I would love to hear more about your journey.
You are very welcome to contact me on anne.kenneally@core-ed.org, or a skype session or Google hangout would be great to discuss this further.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Update 15 December 2014 - The year in Review

Update 15 December 2014 - The year in Review

Kia ora,

Well here we are in the closing days of 2015 and my last literacy update for the year.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who has read updates and posts, contributed to discussions, shared resources, asked questions and added to the richness that is the Literacy Online Mailing List.  This year we have passed 1,000 subscribers which is a wonderful achievement  Thank you all.  Remember if you wish to change your details, please do so to continue receiving updates and newsletters. You can unsubscribe your old email address and re-subscribe with your new email. The community mailing lists will remain open this week and throughout the holidays, however the facilitators are on leave from 19th December until the 19th of January and posts will be moderated on our return.

Updates this term have covered:

Literacy PLD - highlights from NZLA conference in Tauranga - Ewan Macintosh
Literacy PLD continued - more highlight from NZLA conference - Nadine Sorrensen’s workshop
Literacy apps - apps to support with literacy, particularly oral language
Building a PLN for literacy - with webinar link and notes
It’s not either/or, it’s both - The debate is not “will we use technology or not?” but rather “what is the focus of the learning we want to see happen?”
New Resources on Assessment Online - links to updates and new resources
Guest Blog post by Tom O’Halloran - reading to and with a class
Guest Blog post by Bridget Compton-Moen - the power of the global read aloud

Children’s authors around New Zealand:

The purpose of this resource is to find out from professional authors what their tips are for writing and growing writers. These tips could be helpful for your planning in the new school year. This week we are showcasing Adele Broadbent, a self-confessed Bookaholic, she is a Children’s Author, a Children’s Bookseller during the week and a Children’s Librarian on her weekends.

Links to check out from 2014:

Crowd Sourced Documents to Check out:

Reading through summer - ideas to reduce the summer slide
Books to read in my holidays - a teacher list of books to read personally and professionally
Literacy Online Book recommendations - a collaborative list of recommendations shared to the list.

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…

Dates for 2015


Thanks again for a wonderful year.

Have a well earned rest and enjoy the festive season.

Ngā mihi nui

Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education
To post to the list email: literacy@lists.tki.org.nz

Update 11 December 2014 - Reading through Summer

Update 11 December 2014 - Reading through Summer

Kia ora,
Here we are in the penultimate week of the 2014 school year. Now is the time for us to focus on ways of reducing the summer reading drop off!  We have started a Crowded Sourced Doc - Reading through summer to gather together ideas to support, inspire and encourage our learners to read through summer, and this week’s update shares a selection of links to previous posts and articles.

Reading through summer links:

Reading through summer - crowd sourced doc
27 results in total to be found on the National Library Site - check them out and see what you can try with your learners and families

This week posts on the mailing list have been on:


Connected 2014 The focus of the Connected 2014 series is on the Nature of Science strand and the science capability: Use evidence to support ideas.

Children’s authors around New Zealand:

The purpose of this resource is to find out from professional authors what their tips are for writing and growing writers. These tips could be helpful for planning your new year. This week we are showcasing Juliette MacIver, who writes picture books and early readers for young children that are full of frolic and delight.

From the VLN:

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…

  • Reading Doctor: prescription #11 New Zealand Book Council resident Reading Doctor Kate De Goldi recommends a rich and broad range of YA books for eager 12-year-olds who want to keep expanding their book selections, minus the really scary reads. And if the children in your life have a reading ailment, ask the Reading Doctor now: readingdoctor@bookcouncil.org.nz

Have a fabulous week!

Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education

To post to the list email: literacy@lists.tki.org.nz