#28 Weekly Update

Friday 13 September 2019

Rāmere, te 13 o Mahuru, 2019

In this week’s update:

  1. Combined BOT meeting
  2. Rōpū Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019
  3. Tuhituhi/ Writing: Moderation
  4. Ngaio Pukapuka Kōrero: Digital Readiness and Mindlab
  5. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Success Story
  6. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths: Digital Curriculum Survey
  7. Podcast number 10: The Learning Challenge

1. Combined BOT meeting

This week Kate and the four across school leaders met with the combined boards of the six schools to have a korero about our plans and progress. Kate gave an overview, and then each leader presented the progress made by the four focus areas. We also looked at shared PD opportunities, as well as improved communication across our communities.

2. Rōpū Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori

TE WIKI O TE REO MĀORI 2019/Māori Language Week 2019

Kia ora e te whānau

It has been wonderful to see posters and fresh initiatives popping up all over our kura this week in celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019.

A question worth considering as we come to the close of the week:


“What can you take out of the week and normalise into our professional practice?”

Don’t Forget Your Roots, Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō was released this week on an album called, Waiata/cAnthems. You can find a version with lyrics if you would like to have a sing along with your class.

Tomorrow our kura celebrate the week with our annual Tū Māia kapa haka festival for the first time in recent history. All of our kura are participating which is a great result for our Kāhui this year.

Photos: We would love to publish photos of your kura celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019. Please send them to markralston@silverdaleprimary.school.nz

3. Rōpū Tuhituhi / Writing Group

We held our termly moderation meeting at this weeks after school leaders hui. Our writing focus goal of embedding the termly practice of across school moderation is a key opportunity for teachers to participate in powerful professional conversations.

The practice gives our teachers processes to look closely at evidence (student work samples) to establish:

  • what is to be learned?
  • how is learning progressing?
  • what will be learned next?
  • a technique that strengthens our assessment practices.
  • teachers learning from each other so curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge improves (L.P.F.)
  • classroom teaching and learning programmes can be adjusted to meet student learning needs
  • evidence of learning can be confidently shared and heard
  • dependable information can be discussed with parents, families and whānau
  • reliability, validity and fairness within the process are enhanced, so achievement decisions are defensible and trusted

Pre- and post results will be shared in next weeks update.

4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group

Another success story (name changed)

5. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group

This week we looked at a common survey to gauge the implementation of the 2020 digital curriculum. In a sense it feels like this has taken ages to develop. But it’s actually such a positive because the time has been constructively spent looking at the individual maths programmes. This has made the time of sharing and discussion both worthwhile and authentic. A link to the survey will be available in next week’s newsletter.

6. Professional Development/ Ngaio pukapuka kōrero




“August was big and the next few months will be busy, busy, busy! We had hundreds of teachers and kaiako attend our free meetups in their region or online in the past month; and the next month will be no different. Don’t miss out! Check out what meetups are coming up in your region in the next month here: link to PD here


And: Mindlab has a new format

Mindlab have changed the format of their Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Learning and Collaboration, making it much easier for teachers to do: More information here

7. Podcast/ Video number 10:

The Learning Challenge is one way to explain why more challenge leads to enhanced learning. It helps teachers structure lessons, and students challenge themselves. Created by James Nottingham (@JamesNottinghm), the Learning Challenge uses the idea of a “pit,” first used by Butler & Edwards. More background information, a full description, & lesson resources can be found in Challenging Learning (2010).

The Learning Challenge with James Nottingham from Challenging Learning on Vimeo.

To keep up to date, follow us on our Kāhui Ako website: https://orewakahuiako.com/


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