#35 Weekly Update

Friday 15 November 2019

Rāmere, 15 o Whiringa-ā-rangi 2019

In this week’s update:

  1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group: Using Numicon and the Digital Curriculum Survey
  2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: Kupu o te Rā – Learn a new word each day/week
  3. Tuhituhi/ Writing: Digital Literacy and Key Competencies
  4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Transitions at college
  5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading: Pākehā, Its Origin and Meaning
  6. Video: 10 Ways to Teach Me

1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group

Do you have students who have not reached their potential this year in Maths? Numicon is a wonderful tool to help re-engage students in years 1 – 9. There is one more course for 2019 in preparation for 2020. And then there are courses open for booking in 2020. The course is designed to support teachers and TA’s, RTLBs and SENCOs, and tutors who are working with students who are not meeting expected levels of understanding. Register your interest through this link.

Interested in registering for professional development to gear up for the digital curriculum? A session will be held at Wainui School on Thursday 21 November from 10.00am to 3.00pm – Register here. “Discover more fun and exciting ways to unpack and integrate the new content using authentic contexts into your local curriculum. Experience a range of activities to take away and use across learning areas and levels. Save time and grow your skills and confidence as you meet like minded people and gain fresh ideas.”

Have you completed our Digital Curriculum survey? If yes, Thank you! If no, please find the link here.

2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori

Top Tip For Normalising Te Reo Māori: Sign up to “Kupu o te Rā”

There is a great website that emails you a new word to learn each day. We have all signed up to it and taken up the challenge. For those of us who might be overwhelmed by the thought of a word a day, perhaps just pick out a kupu/ word to learn each week.

You can register to participate at https://kupu.maori.nz  An email will come through each morning with a new kupu. The kupu will also be written in a sentence for those of us who wish to be extended further.

3. Tuhituhi/ Writing Group

What is Digital Literacy ?

Over the following weekly updates we will be sharing thekey connections that exist between digital literacy and the vision, principles, key competencies and values of both the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.’

Key competencies and digital literacy – National Library

As ‘capabilities for living and lifelong learning’ the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum are:

  • thinking
  • using language, symbols, and texts
  • managing self
  • relating to others
  • participating and contributing.

The development of each and all of these key competencies has a relationship to the development of digital literacy because:

  • Digital literacy is about the ability to find, evaluate, use and create digital content in meaningful ways that require critical and creative thinking skills
  • The ability to understand and use language and symbols across a range of texts is vital in the information-rich digital environment
  • As students learn and interact in digital contexts it’s important that they have the abilities to manage themselves
  • Students need digital literacy and citizenship skills and values to relate to others effectively and safely, and to develop as citizens within the digital environment
  • Local, national or global communities are all easily accessible to students. Knowing how to appropriately and productively work with digital tools is a core part of digital literacy

Links to sites to develop Digital Literacy strategies here

4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group

Transition is not complete just because a student starts their first day at college. It is important to continue the transition process. The more facilitation in the areas of orientation, confidence building and getting to know each other activities the sooner each student will become settled in. Being proactive saves us a lot of time being reactive later on.

5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading 

This reading by Jodie Ranford explores the true meaning of the term Pākehā. This is a good article to help break a few myths surrounding the kupu. Link here.

6. Video: 10 Ways to Teach Me

Brigham Riwai-Couch shares his perspective of the top 10 things that make a difference for him as a learner. This video focuses on Māori achieving educational success as Māori, drawing on student voice.

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