Saturday, 27 October 2018

Motivating Reluctant Writers

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 My 2018 Teacher Inquiry  on Motivating Reluctant Writers brings accelerated progress.

Amplify rather than simplify

If we are to get our English second language students to acquire good English, we need to amplify the language rather than simplify it.
Oral language is the key to this process where students are exposed to  high quality texts and  through a process of working with those in the form of close activities, picture -word matching, split sentences and matching activities as well as a host of other activities, they actually start owning the language. Repetition is the key, as a once off lesson will not achieve the desired outcome.  Its rewarding to read students' efforts and you see that they have acquired new vocabulary as well as the ability to write high quality texts just because they have been exposed to it and repetition has made it possible for them to remember it.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Week 9 Google Certification Examination Level 1

It  felt sad that our Friday sessions were over, as we were really enjoying working with Dorothy, Mat and Gerhard in getting up to speed with technology. Dorothy advised us to go over some of the opportunities Manaiakalani teachers have to sign up for in 2018.

For a few days including today, we got to feel what it's like to be in the shoes of students preparing for exams. We were nervously awaiting the 3 hour Google Certification Examination . I did  the preparation all right, and after eight sessions of intense learning , I was feeling confident of passing the exam.  I didn't expect to find the test so long, so I didn't quite make it and so did many of us in class. This makes me determined to enrol again soon and pass it.

Having spent nine weeks working as a very close team, sharing and supporting each other in our learning journey, we have made some new friends and I can imagine this living on. Thank you all from the group above.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

New Google Sites

After slogging and sweating through all the maths to ensure that all our bits and pieces fitted on the classic sites, we were introduced to the  very exciting and simple New Google Sites that were so much easier to build. So today we created a new site with links to our school site, class site, class blogs,my Professional Blog and  my Standards for the Teacher Profession.

 Kaysee's New Sites

Friday, 8 September 2017

Standards for Professional Teacher Performance

Week 7 was really adding to our site building skills on our previous week's learning. We had built a site for our Teacher Performance Standards. This is a really good way of keeping up to date with the expectations and attaching the evidence.
We also looked at Google Keep and realised that we could easily use that to keep record of documents by taking photos, as well as grabbing texts from documents that have text and images. This is very useful in creating text resources from documents which you couldn't scan and convert to pdf.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Google Sites

This was an extremely useful session where we learned to create Google sites. What I really liked was the ability to make the site a multimodal one where students can have access to a number of different modes when learning about a particular topic. For my students, I really want to create a site that looks inviting so I have used images and linked them to websites and sound links as well as video links.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

SCREENCASTIFY We used Screencastify to explain how one should comment on blogs. I hate listening to my own voice, but I am sure you may pick up a few tips on how to make good blog comments by watching the video below.