CoL Teacher's Meeting - Russell's Korero

In our community, a long time ago (1990), we decided we had significant problems. A group of principals wrote to the crown to seek improvement. First contract application to the crown brought 1 million dollars. Working in clusters, using meta analysis has improved our student outcomes. 

Leaping forward to the year 2007 - Schooling Improvement - Beginning of Manaiakalani

Movement from the analogue age into the digital age. Above are the 4 things, that for sure, that change schools, classrooms, teachers and outcomes for our tamariki.

Developing Pedagogical Knowledge - What changes school for kids?
How do you test your friends and colleagues the theories that you have about the pedagogy that you are trying to use with your learners? How do we share our processes and knowledge so that more people can do it. 

Teacher's who can strategise to maximise learners - What we are trying to do is make sure we are linking evidence to practise - school learners will socialise this through the school and make it consistent. If we find 'cool' stuff it should travel across domains. 

What does this mean for a teacher? It means that you can link PEDAGOGY to a certain DOMAIN. 

Listen to experts like Jannie - how do we try that? How do we test that? The kids have got to get more aware of how they learn - the teachers can't just be doing all the learning. 

Learning to Read - Reading to Learn - not dichotomous - but one does support the other.

If our kids don't want to improve at learning then we have a problem. It is not just us building evaluative capability they are too. If our children are not being challeneged about them understanding how they're trying to do this thing called learning, then we are not doing our job. 
Children often are not prepared to push themselves to the edge - what we have to do is get them to be HUNGRY to be pushed to the EDGE. Teacher's almost without realising put in the 70%, my optimising pedagogical lens has to say, 'am I ensuring that I am not doing the work so that the learners are?' It becomes a habitus that the teacher will do the thinking and the learning and they just have to 'chime in' every now and then.

Teachers used to blame their kids, 'these kids can't do this, it's too hard, it's the parents fault'. 

How did this kid get better at reading - because they read more at home. Hang on a minute, what did YOU as the TEACHER do? If something doesn't work it is either THEM or ME. What do I need to change, so that my learner WINS. Our community changed, we employed teachers who take more control of their thinking and learning, and cared about the Big or little steps their learners made. This is big deal, it is a progress towards something that matters the most. 

Kids WIN by learning. When they learn about learning, and getting exited about learning, their whole lives will change. 

In teaching as Inquiry - we are looking at what WE, as teachers, are going to do differently. 


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