Friday, November 21, 2014

Update 20 November 2014 - New Resources on Assessment Online

Kia ora,
It has been a quieter week on the mailing list.  Report writing seems to be consuming you all currently.  What a wonderful time to celebrate the learning journey of 2014 and begin to think about your teaching inquiry for 2015.  I wonder if any of you encourage your learners to give you feedback or report on your year?  This report card for teacher form could provide a starting point for you.  


This week I am sharing with you the new resources on Assessment Online.

NEW resources on Assessment Online

Assessment online have just updated their ‘Reporting to Parents’ material for school leaders and teachers. Updated templates, models and examples have been provided to assist schools in developing their own reporting frameworks. The material was tested with key user-groups including schools and parents. It is all available at
The new materials include:
Also included are the following pages:


Ready to Read Webinar

The new Ready to Read titles are making their way into schools. If you would like to learn more about the Ready to Read review or have questions about the review, you can register for the teachers’ Ready to Read webinar on Thursday, 20th November between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m.
It has been great to see the sharing on the mailing list around this exciting new resource.Please continue to share your thoughts, questions, learnings and insights with the community. We look forward to you joining us in the webinar on Thursday.

Resources:

Snapshot for Teaching and Learning in Literacy Goal setting and reflection: Literacy learning supported by Google docs Powerful sharing by learners.  Do we explicitly allow time for reflection?

Children’s authors around New Zealand:

This week we showcased Kyle Mewburn.  Check out Kyle’s fun writing activity!  Can you set up a Kyle Mewburn display in the library? Do you have questions for Kyle?

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…



Have a fabulous week!

Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education
@LiteracyOnline2

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mentoring - what a journey

(Cross Posting from VPLD - http://virtualicteltpd.ning.com/profiles/blogs/2014-what-a-journey)

Thinking back to late January and the Developing Virtual Mentor (DVM) hui in Christchurch seems such a long time ago.  What an incredible journey it has been.  
My previous experience as a DP, my Masters in Educational Leadership, and my time leading has been a base for development, and mentoring is adding a new layer, a new challenge, a new dimension.  
Only as I began to delve into the DVM programme was I aware of the potential of mentoring in any relationship. My world has really opened up as I have been privileged to grow through being mentored and through mentoring. I must emphasise the value of the mentoring I have received.  It has moved me beyond what I thought I was capable of, has challenged, supported and enriched me and I am so much greater for the experience. I am in awe of the resourcing and support that is in this VPLD programme and I am indebted to all who have supported me, shown confidence in me, and been there for me.  
Developing my skills of mentoring have been an integral part of my development in my VPLD role, my other professional roles and also in my personal life.  I remember Manu coining the phrase 'situational analyst' at our January hui, and this term has been somewhat of a mantra for me.  We weave gently in and out of roles, challenges; times of quiet and noise, times of need and support, challenge and provocation; times of despair and hope; times of trial and celebration.  Being aware of the situation, analysing the situation and responding appropriately can take time; days, weeks, months, or can happen on the fly.  I want to acknowldege the extreme privilege of being part of a journey that is growing me in my resilience and responsiveness.
This year has been a roller coaster of emotions.  Being aware of my role, my journey, my privilege, has opened me to real personal growth.  From times of feeling completely inqdequate, feeling out of my depth, feeling supportive and involved, feeling a part of a transformative journey; all adding to the journey that is my development as a mentor.  
I want to offer a debt of gratitude to those I have had the pleasure of mentoring. Thank you for your time, honesty, commitment and patience. A journey I hope we are all richer for!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Update 12 November 2014 - It’s not either / or, it’s both…

Kia ora,
Welcome to week five of term.  As you are completing your reports for the year I hope you are celebrating the role you play in the lives of your learners. I wonder if you are beginning to think of a teaching as inquiry focus for next year?  What have your successes and challenges been?  What areas of your literacy programme have you identified that need you to take action?  What PLD do you need? What are you going to do to ensure your learners and families are aware of their role in any change required?  What trends or patterns are you noticing across levels?

Recent Discussion on the Mailing List

Once again we find that a question from a teacher elicits the greatest response and discussion.  Thanks to Karen for sharing her question around standardised testing, with the rich discussion continuing.  Thank you to Rachel for sharing her question around iPad usage to support writing and to Denise, Cathy, Tracy, Jane, Yvonne, Jody, Neale, Melissa, Terri, Catriona, Vanessa and Nicole for taking the time to respond.  As shown by this wonderful interaction, the mailing list is designed to support the development of rich conversation around your literacy inquiries. Thank you to Jane for sharing her thoughts on How much talk? Introducing the text. and to Tracey, Mandy, Denise, Wendy, Julia and Sue for joining the conversation.  
Did you get a chance to view the Building a PLN for Literacy webinar recording, and view the supporting google doc? We aim to keep the discussion going on the mailing list, so if after viewing the webinar you have questions, please ask them to the mailing list and then everyone will benefit from your new learning.

It’s not either / or, it’s both…

Many recent posts to the mailing list have included discussion around the WHY, WHAT and HOW. (Ideas from Simon Sinek and Julia Atkins) Sitting inside, or above all of this is the WHO.

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We must start with knowing our learner, their strengths and passions, their unique talents and idiosyncricities.  We must also know their needs, next steps and challenge them to achieve to their potential.  Who the learner is, should be the driver of the programme in order to meet needs.  

Once you know your learners, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers a framework to support you in meeting the needs of all of your learners.  UDL involves specifically planning for variability, knowing and catering for a range of learners. It involves providing a range of support, that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
 
If you want to learn more about UDL Katie Novak’s keynote at Ulearn provides more detail and examples. The Edtalk recording of this keynote will be available shortly.
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The debate is not “will we use technology or not?” but rather “what is the focus of the learning we want to see happen?”  Once that is established the next phase is to decide the strategies that will scaffold and support the learning to raise achievement.  Once that is decided, looking to see what technology use will enhance the teaching strategies adds the icing to the cake.  If you look at the Blended e-Learning Literacy community as an example, you will see how it has been structured around the learning needs rather than the technologies.  In the Writing section for example, the navigation includes engaging learners, but then goes on to highlight developing vocabulary, organising your ideas, working on editing, different styles of writing etc., and within those sections are strategies alongside the specific apps or software that will enhance the teaching and learning.

Thank you to Rachel for sharing her question iPad usage to support writing. She shared  two very common literacy goals of increasing oral language and engaging reluctant writers.  Technology can and does support writing.  The challenge for us as educators is to determine what is the focus of the learning we want to happen.  When we know the who and why - the what and how become clearer. Writing with pen and paper still has a place. Maybe, If you start writing with pencil/pen and paper, finish on paper, including publishing.  If you choose to write on a device, planning, drafting, writing and publishing can all happen on a device.  Choose your learning focus, choose your tool/device and write… A happy recipe for success!

Resources:

Snapshot for Teaching and Learning in Literacy Improving boys' writing using Google docs

Children’s authors around New Zealand:

This week we showcased David Hair.  David shares five things he has learned about writing and life.  

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…


Events:

Have you signed up for the Teachers Ready to Read review webinar on the 20th of November at 3:30 - 4:30pm?

Have a fabulous week!

Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education
@LiteracyOnline2
To post to the list email: literacy@lists.tki.org.nz

Update 5 November 2014 - Building a PLN for Literacy

Kia ora,
Week four of term already and I am hearing of the incredible busyness of the last term.  Please make sure you are taking good care of yourself during this time so you arrive at the end of the year well, and looking forward to the summer break.  I have included a couple of lighter pieces in my links and look ups this week that I hope you will enjoy!

Recent Discussion on the Mailing List

Once again we find that a question from a teacher elicits the greatest response and discussion.  Thanks to Karen for sharing her question around standardised testing, and to Brend, Rachel, Jacki, Catherine, Yvonne, Catriona, Wendy, Briar, Debbie, Greg, Sonya, Peggy, Mel, Julia, Jane C, Mini, Cathy, Anne, Alison and Jane D for taking the time to respond.  The mailing list is designed to support the development of rich conversation around your literacy inquiries, as shown by this wonderful interaction.

Thank you to Robert for sharing the latest new and updated entries on ManyAnswers.

Building a PLN for Literacy

This week we had the privilege of sharing a webinar to support you in the development of a Professional Learning Network for Literacy.  A huge thank you to all who attended and added rich discussion to the journey.  We  appreciate your questions and your feedback during the session.

Many more of you signed up but were unable to make the session today - we know your time is precious so we have recorded a shorter version of the same presentation, with all the links and slides.

More links and snapshots of the slides are available in this google doc.

We will also be embedding the recording on the site in the next few days.

We aim to keep the discussion going on the mailing list, so if after viewing the webinar you have questions, please ask them to the mailing list and then everyone will benefit from your new learning. We would really like to follow up on the following wonderings shared by attendees in the webinar.  Can you respond to this post with your ideas please.

Thanks to Valerie, Kerri, Rachel, Deb, Margaret and Chrissie for sharing their wonderings:

  • I am wanting to include e-learning as part of my literacy programme. I am wanting quality and purposeful.
  • Biggest wondering is how others moderate the reading evidence they get from students… do others have a 'process'? How do we get teachers talking about the standards?
  • I'm a BT in a Year 1 class and I'm wondering how to incorporate my new iPads into my literacy programme, in particular to help those students who have low oral language so find it hard to articulate their sentence, let alone write it.
  • Incorporating new iPads into a Year 6/7 programme
  • Catering for all the different needs- ESOL and special needs together sometimes
  • Giving useful feedback for beginning readers and writers
  • Connecting and networking as RT Lits

We would love to start discussion in the mailing list to support these ideas and encourage you to get involved please.  

Your feedback is important to us too - please complete this short feedback survey, if you attended today, or once you have viewed the recording.

Resources:


Children’s authors around New Zealand:

Recently we have showcased James Norcliffe and Sharon Holt on Children's authors around New Zealand Have you checked out their writer’s tips?

Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…

  • Blogging as pedagogy: Facilitate learning - Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY.
  • 5 Teacher approved apps to get your child ready for kindergarten - is this worth sharing with your community? I really like the closing paragraph and think this is well worthwhile sharing: “Finally, remember to keep things balanced. Technology is now a vital way we learn, regardless of age, but too much of a good thing is never good, and too much of a substandard thing is even worse. The best apps are those you select for your child to address a specific need and, better yet, use with your child to model engaged thinking and lifelong learning. And for those still fretting over your baby heading off to school in a month or two and wanting to slow down time — unfortunately, there’s no app for that.”
  • Mr. Men books reimagined for millennials - for a real good laugh.  And please do take a moment to watch the Kevin Bacon video clip at the bottom…
  • The Manifesto we should read to children everyday: a reminder of what life is about.

Events:

Have you signed up for the Teachers Ready to Read review webinar on the 20th of November at 3:30 - 4:30pm?
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Ready to Read review webinar

What is it about?
The Ready to Read series has undergone a robust review to ensure its continuing effectiveness in supporting children to build a strong foundation in literacy in their early years at school.  Previous communications to the sector (see list below) have conveyed some key messages about changes to the series, such as, having one level and fewer books at Magenta, using unseen texts for guided reading (rather than texts that have already been used for shared reading), and clarifying the gradient of difficulty to better support the development of a reading processing system.Curriculum Update 28, published in the Education Gazette on 8 September (volume 93, Number 16) describes the outcomes of the review in more detail.  A flyer listing all texts relevelled as a result of the review process will be sent to schools by the end of September.  The webinar will provide a forum for discussing these changes.
Who is the webinar for?
The webinar for Literacy PLD providers and RT Lits was held in October 2014. A recording of this session is available online. A second webinar will be held in November for teachers and literacy leaders.
When is the webinar being held?
The webinar for teachers and literacy leaders will be held on Thursday, 20th November, from 3.30 to 4.30pm
How do I join the webinar?


Have a fabulous week!

Ngā mihi nui
Anne Kenneally
Literacy Online Facilitator
CORE Education
@LiteracyOnline2
To post to the list email: literacy@lists.tki.org.nz