Kia ora and welcome to my blog! My name is Heath Lewzey and currently am in my third year of being a primary school teacher. I am using this blog to help both document my learning and explore how I can empower my learners in a 1:1 digital environment.
Following on from last term's reflection, I reached out to my learners in order to gauge their voice in my teaching and to analyse the shift.
I chose to add one question to the ones I asked last term, this being:
What are some things that you have learned this term? This was more out of interest to see what learners could remember from this term.
The first question I ask of the learners is how much they have enjoyed the learning this term, with them being able to rate it on a likert scale from 1 ("I haven't enjoyed it!") to 3 ("I have enjoyed it a lot!").
Great to see that 4 learners (16.7%) are sitting between the two choices, this means that I still have a bit of work to build engagement with reading. This group of learners are very engaged with their reading to the point where they are planning their own time when it comes to reading. Here is a slide that I add to each groups modelling books to help them do so.
It was great to read what learners had both enjoyed reading and learned this term. I had worked to have learners make connections through different texts, using both readers and journals alongside using apps like GetEpic!. The learners have really enjoyed using this as an additional resource for books and I have used it to build collections on similar topics so they can analyse and decided whether texts are appropriate for their use.
It is also great to see that some of the additional writing activities made the lists like our alliteration activity and you might notice that a lot of the group mentioned learning about Haikus which was a follow activity where we looked at syllables and how we can use this knowledge to help us when we need to chunk new words we encounter in our reading. Check out the groups great poems below (note two links due to labels):
Reading through the challenging comments from the learners, great to see that learners had reflected on some of the learning that I chose to focus on this term. We spent a lot of time working on the differences between retelling and summarising as a lot of the group found it difficult being able to identify and utilise these skills. We also spent time developing our word attack skills so activities like the ones above helped learners build their confidence in these strategies.
Looking at shift, the majority of the group have maintained their skills and I have mapped out their shift based on a resource our SLT helped created for us and reflecting on this, some of the comments about how I can help learners progress stand out for me.
A few of the learners mentioned about how they would like me to help them further understand their follow up activities so I will reassess how I am creating modelling books and ask my mentor to come observe me in relation to instruction with these groups. Great to see the honesty with some learners requiring further assistance with summarising - this was a note that I communicated to whānau these holidays along with the links to the resources to help learners practice over the holidays if they wanted to.
In summary, I am very fortunate to working alongside this group of learners as they are so engaged with their readers. Stay tuned for an update on what Term 3 is going to look like for my reading practice!