Sunday, November 24, 2013

Reporting - a never ending job

The Ministry of Education requires schools to report in writing to parents, families and whānau at least twice a year about a students progress and achievement in reading, writing and maths, in relation to National Standards.  Schools can report in a variety of ways through formal reports, student portfolios, e-portfolios and workbooks.

Teachers normally spend a lot of time to link all assessment data, anecdotal notes and OTJ's to do a report justice.  I love to reflect and inquire where my students are at and how they have progressed through the year, no matter how small that progress might be.

And while during this time, I sometimes felt that life was passing me by, it was fantastic to see and being able to report in a formal way about the improvement of my students.  I am so proud of them all, their hard work and perseverance during this year.

I can only see it as a privilege to have been able to be part of my 5 year old students' learning journey and I am looking forward to hearing some great things about them in the future.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Feeling lucky

I have always considered myself lucky to be involved in the KidsedchatNZ twitter with my class, as I have experienced the positive benefits of being involved first hand with my students. 

Read more in this Education Review Magazine article:

In recent months, kidsedchatnz got a lot of recognition by being nominated as a finalist in the Interface Awards for 2013 and from mentions during the ULearn13 conference.

I am now in the fortunate position of being part of the Super 7 team as one of the co-organisers.

I am looking forward to this new challenge as well as for the opportunity to be collaborating with all. May kidsedchatnz long continue.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A journey endorsed

Walking into our staff room at morning tea time, we were greeted with some beautiful food.  Now, this is not something out of the ordinary at our school, but this time it looked like we were going to be celebrating something. 

Our principal was very secretive and said he will inform us what this was all about soon. 

What a huge surprise! Morning tea was put on to congratulate me for being selected as CORE eFellow 2014.

Having my principal endorse this journey I will be undertaken, is incredibly affirming and I have appreciated this gesture immensely.