#21 Weekly Update


Rāmere, te 7 o Hōngongoi, 2020

Tuhituhi / Writing: Curriculum Integration

Connecting English through the Social Science curriculum Connections The New Zealand Curriculum

The principle of coherence (NZC, p. 9) states that:

‘The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning’.

The Literacy and the Social Science Curriculum are able to be integrated easily. Effective teaching views writing as a natural and necessary tool for connecting learning. Students are able to communicate their ideas, opinions and express their thoughts and perspectives through writing. Follow the link here to TKI for more detail and ideas on connecting our curriculum and learning pathways for senior students..

Ways to integrate reading, writing, and speaking into the social sciences classroom:

  • Vocabulary – reading, writing, speaking
  • Background knowledge – reading, ideas, concepts digital and print text
  • Visual aids – charts ( eg KWL, Venn diagrams)  maps, posters, documentaries
  • Summarising – writing ( eg analysis, annotate) speaking ( eg question, discussion, collaborate)

Follow the link here to resources with a cross curricular focus in Social Sciences. This is linked to the NZ Curriculum from Years 1-10. Many resource links can be found on the site.

Many of us will be familiar with the Click Start magazine available to schools. There are many cross curricula resources / units available (limited or subscription access available) and are a great starting place for teachers to develop units further. Follow the link here or here to link to the Social Science section of resources. Follow the link here to curriculum websites.

10 ways to integrate Literacy and Social Sciences in the classroom – Follow the link here to this site for some clever ideas.

Edutopia – Great ideas for Integrating curriculum here.

Creating a Student-Run Museum in Your Classroom – link here to an article with some fabulous ideas that could easily be developed for the NZ classroom.

Sketchnoting with Keynote

In the July break, Linda hosted two sessions for Apple Education. The first session was based on the value of visual note taking for planning and developing writing.

“Sketchnoting is great when used as a reflective tool, as a way to increase concentration and a way to get to the kernel of an idea. How awesome to be able to share these thoughts with a truly global audience. We had people from NSW, Australia; Monterey; California; Hong Kong; Mississippi; Stanford; South Texas; Vancouver; Arizona and New Mexico. And a few that I didn’t quite get their location. But the point is, here I was, sitting in Auckland, New Zealand feeling very connected. And that is at the heart of the ADE programme: teachers and educators crossing boundaries, borders and barriers in order to share ideas and inspire each other.”

See below for a shortened video of the session.

Kemu/ Games for teaching te reo

Games are one of the best ways to teach te reo Māori as they engage the students and give an opportunity to practise the language using repetition. We have made a game for teaching “Kei hea te _____?” Where is the ______?

Have a go with your class. See below Mark’s video of the game in action.

The Role of Teacher Aides / Assistants

Teacher aides work with teachers to support students who need Learner Support to make the most of every learning opportunity. Teacher aides help students to understand they have choices, and can make good choices, there are boundaries and there are consequences, but there are people who care who can help. The following are responses from some of our fabulous teacher aides:

The Anywhere School

In this unprecedented time, we all have questions about the future of education. Whether addressing equity issues, the emotional and social wellbeing of students, or reconsidering the roles of parents and guardians in education—not to mention the rapid evolution of distance and hybrid learning—we all want to understand where we are, and where we’re headed.

To address these questions, The Anywhere School is bringing together thought leaders and changemakers from around the world who are working tirelessly to answer these tough questions. The above link gives dates and times for the Asia Pacific event and provides an opportunity to register.

Kāhui Ako Meeting Dates

30 July: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLsScreen Shot 2020-05-28 at 2.11.16 PM

6 August: Pōhiri for new staff at marae

13 August: Maths group planning day (at Orewa College)

13 August: Pōhiri and meeting at the marae for all ISLs

26 August: Māori and writing groups planning half day

27 August: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs

10 September: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs

14 September: Meeting at Orewa College all ISLs

15 September: Combined BoT (pōhiri and meeting at the marae)

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