Kia ora koutou, nau mai haere mai. Welcome! My name is Reshly and I am a Provisionally Registered Teacher in Auckland. Since graduating, I have so far taught at two other schools within the Manaiakalani cluster but am thrilled to be a part of the teaching team at Tamaki Primary as of 2017.
As a teacher I am passionate about getting the best out of my students whilst ensuring that the learning environment is one where they feel both safe and inspired.
Tamaki Makaurau has so much to offer! My kids were thrilled to find out about some of the activities below and were even more excited to learn that they were all for free. This meant that all they needed to do was convince their parents and whanau to accompany them there so they could enjoy it together.
The Parts of Speech. A Grammatical Poem By Mary Morel. Every name is called a noun as field and fountain, street and town. In place of a noun the pronoun stands as he and she clap their hands. The adjective describes a thing, as magic wand or bridal ring. The verb means action, something done, to read and write to jump and run. How things are done the adverbs tells us as quickly, slowly, badly or well. Preposition shows relation as in the street or at the station. Conjunction joins in many ways, sentences, words or phrase and phrase. The interjection cries out hark! I need an exclamation mark!
I saw this poem and loved it. I wish I had been encouraged to learn it as a child. Most children struggle to remember the different parts of speech regardless of how many times they are taught. What kids do find easy though is to learn a rhyme or a song so this is a great way for them to remember the different parts of speech. Although the children in my class are working towards learning it by heart and aren't currently able to fully comprehend all aspects of the poem, we have it on a poster in the class and have read it out loud as a group. We also did an exercise where my students provided alternative examples for each part of speech. This is a work in progress and we set the time during our writing sessions throughout the week to revisit the poem to specifically focus on each area.
A great first session with Dorothy Burt at the digital intensive workshop. I learnt a huge amount. This is definitely an area where I have plenty to learn. Here is some of what we focused on in week 1.
The Origins of Manaiakalani:
I loved getting to know a bit more about Manaiakalani. Here are a few things that I learnt about the origins of Manaiakalani:
The name Manaiakalani is taken from the name given to Maui's fish hook - the tool used for the biggest fishing project ever. It is therefore a very apt name for such an ambitious teaching project.
The main focuses were on empowering learners, improving their schooling experience and results and embracing the digital age.
I didn't know my principal was one of the original founders.
I did not know that if a child was enrolled in a Manaiakalani school over a period of 3 years that their rate of progress in Writingwas twice that of what was expected nationally. This means that these students on average made an extra year’s progress above the expected rate per year.
Here are some of the cluster's aims in more detail.
Motivate our learners to engage with the curriculum
Provide a model for 21st century teaching and learning
Work with learners to establish an authentic audience for their learning
Empower our learners with an evidence-based belief that their personal voice is valuable and powerful
Raise achievement outcomes
We also learnt about some new Google tools. Some of the best Google tools that we worked with throughout today were:
Google basics - Google files/sites saving. I had knowledge of some of the processes already but some of it taught me that I had been doing things the hard/ long way for quite some time.
'Google Saves', 'Google Drive', 'Google Docs', 'Add Ons' and 'Blogger'. This gave me a greater insight into specific Google tools and offered a lot of clarification for me. I'm hoping that my confidence will build quickly from here.
Also got a lot through designing the poster.
I have already taught my students some of the tools that I was taught in week 1....
These 3 links are well worth a watch and each for very different reasons too.......
Tamaki Primary hosted a food tasting evening at the end of Term 2. It was a great night. Here is Room 5's Menu & displays.
Pumpkin, Date & Almond Loaf
Both the children & parents loved our food tasting night. Great dishes made by all the classes and some lovely informative displays as well. Our Pumpkin, Date & Almond Loaf was a popular dish on the night.
What a brilliant Inquiry focus this was! Below are some helpful links to lesson plans that I came across. I found aspects of each to be really beneficial for my own teaching which I integrated into my planning and tailored them to meet the needs of my students. Feel free to watch Room 5's video of all their best moments during 'Fuelled for Life'.
The room 5 students absolutely loved all the research we did in and around the history of the ANZACS and the two World Wars. It was the first time I had approached teaching a topic like this to a class this young. The students had absolutely no knowledge about anything to start with but we gradually built quite a broad understanding over a 2 week period.
Students were also asked to interview members of their family to see if any of their relatives were ever involved in a war. They also chose either a soldier or a medic each to research and then write a biography on. To finish off the topic we had one further discussion as a class where I used a lot of 'Talk Moves,' to allow them to dig deeper into what life must have been like for soldiers and their families during the war. We then discussed how their lives would be affected if another war was to occur now.
A great inquiry topic which the students handled with surprising maturity and were very invested in their learning.
How do we impact the environment around us and what can we do to lessen our effect on it.
How has the local area changed over the past 50 years?
Waste Reduction School/Household
The video below was made by Room 5 as part of our campaign to raise awareness about how we are treating our environment.
Water Pollution- Creek Visit (Week 1 & 2)
To properly see how we impacted our local environment we went on a class trip to the creek at the start of Term 1. Students were asked to closely observe their surroundings on the way.
The children found an alarming amount of rubbish both in the creek and in the areas surrounding it, most of which was making its way into our waterways. The children decided that they wanted to clean this up, so we collected it all into bags. We then sat down as a class and discussed how the items could have got there and what was likely to happen to them now. We also talked about how the creek flowed into the sea and was therefore also polluting our oceans.
Here are some of the questions which were prompted by the trip:
How did the rubbish get into the creek?
How long does it take to decompose?
How will this affect our waterways?
Where does this creek flow into?
How does it affect the creatures that live in there?
How does this affect the food chain?
If rubbish/pollution is swallowed by the creatures that live in the water do we then end up eating it when we eat them?
What affect does it have on the water that we drink?
Analysing The Rubbish We Collected
We then separated all the rubbish we found into 3 different categories to analyse what was being discarded and the best way to deal with it.
The 3 categories were:
Biodegradable, Recyclable & Landfill
The questions raised were:
What sort of things are biodegradable? What rubbish can we recycle? What should go into landfill?
What are the effects on the planet?
A few days later we were visited by a lady who worked at...