Thursday, 19 February 2015

My Professional Inquiry 2015

At Pt. England School, our staff is learning throughout the year while conducting our own personal Professional Inquiries.  Throughout the term, we will be meeting in a small group, to discuss our findings of similar interest.  I am so excited to be learning this way, and working with my students to develop a new way of learning for them.

Currently, many of my students are working 2-4 years below their grade level in Reading.  I am challenged with the task of helping them to achieve more than one grade level of achievement during this school year.  Many of these students have learning difficulties and/or come from ESOL families. I have always believed that every child has the capability to learn, but it's finding the key that unlocks that individuals ability that is often the challenge.

As part of my personal Inquiry, I am going to be looking into the best way(s) to scaffold higher order thinking for below and well-below students through reading activities. I will also be investigating the SOLO taxonomy and ways to incorporate and scaffold elements into the reading tasks set before my students.

I am so excited to begin this process, and I look forward to meeting with the others from my collaboration group as we work together to achieve our goals for the year!


  1. Kia ora Angela

    Lets start by saying it's wonderful seeing you work your magic with our seniors here at PES.

    The students who you work with are really blessed. I've been admiring your work from afar and I truly think you already have a key that unlocks the first barrier which is usually, "Does this teacher give a damn about me?'. Clearly you do and the kids know that.

    Glad you're investigating SOLO and I look forward to those posts - as we say in Māori "Tātou tātou" (pronounced Tar-tow tar-tow) which means 'share' or 'what's yours is mine' ;) hehehe

    Keep up the fantastic mahi (work)

  2. I'm looking forward to following what you trial and find out Angela.
    Having a deep understanding of concepts will definitely help prepare our Year 7 and 8s for college....but how do we scaffold that to ensure success?