Wednesday, 29 January 2020

PES PD: Welcome to 2020!

What do we need most in 2020?  What a question to start the year off with as we discuss the direction of the new school year. As a staff we spend the first two days of the school year in Professional Development meetings and this is a great way to start the year on the same page. 

An exciting part of today, is that this year we will be focusing on the Pt England/Manaiakalani Way of implementing the amazing parts of the information that we acquired over the past few years. We will be focusing on Maths PD during the first semester and Reading during the second. 

Our school theme for this year is "Never Lose Hope".which comes from one of our school values. We will be focusing on hope as: Dreams, Vision, Imagination, Goal Setting, A Vision for Tomorrow, A Sense of Future Possibility 

As always our first part of the day was a great reminder of why we do what we do. Excited to see what the rest of the day looks like as we unpack our curriculum a little more and plan for a great Term 1!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A Look to the End of 2020

As a team, the year 7/8 teachers spent some time before we started our whole school PD days thinking about what we would like our students to leave our classrooms like at the end of 2020. As part of this activity, we spent a few minutes reflecting on the 2019 school year before pairing up to create our own "Gingerbread Man" labeled diagram. Here are the pictures we came up with.

After completing, our student task we spent a few minutes talking about what this would require from us as teachers to get students to the point that they have achieved these things. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

End of the Year Reading Age Shift

Once again, the end of the term is upon us and I set out to test my Focus group of children using the PROBE reading test.  For our end of the year data, the PROBE tests were administered by a teacher from outside our team which allowed for consistency for our end of the year data.

The above graph illustrates the shift of my focus group throughout the year. Student C has demonstrated accelerated progress of 2.5 years. Students B, E and G have also shown accelerated progress of 2 years. Students A, D and F have all achieved the expected progress of one year.  Student I have shown 0.5 years of progress since arriving at our school midyear.  It is also important to note that Student H has relocated and is no longer a student at our school.

The graph below shows the reading age progression of my entire class.  Students who have a red dot on the graph for Term 3 were able to demonstrate progress during the short time between their Term 3 and beginning of Term 4 test. As a class, only Students F, K, and AF showed 0.5 years progress for various reasons in their own personal journey. 48.3% of the students in my literacy class achieved the expected one year shift in reading age and 41.2% of my students were able to achieve accelerated progress of 1.5 to 2.5 years.