A change in year levels
I have made the move to teaching year 7 and 8s - a slight change from my year 6 and 7s last year. This will bring a new challenge, as we all know that the hormones will be well and truly kicking in... bringing all sorts of lovely things into the classroom! I found that the year 6 and 7 combo worked really well last year. In my opinion, it helped make the year 6s step up and mature, while still keeping the year 7s grounded. Last year there was a noticeable difference in the attitudes and behaviour between the year 6s in room 6, compared to the other year 6s. I treated them like seniors and spoke about them being seniors - despite being year 6. As a result, they really did step up! I loved teaching year 6 and 7s last year but am excited to teach year 7 and 8s. A challenge will be making sure that I am helping the year 8s to grow into being positive role models and proud leaders of the school. The year 8s have a very strong influence on the other students in school, so it is important that the year 8s make positive and responsible choices.
I'm going OnAir!
I also have picked up a new role, taking part in Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir. I will be recording and sharing a range of lessons which embody Manaiakalani's 'Learn, Create, Share' Pedagogy. This will offer an authentic window into what happens in my classroom and how I use LCS to engage and extend my learners. This is something that I am both nervous and excited about. My time in the Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy (MDTA) has really helped me grow and become at ease in a digital 1:1 environment. I have moved from solely focussing on making learning fun and engaging with the use of digital tools, to how I can extend and challenge my students thinking, and really make use of the affordances provided by digital tools. Being a part of Class OnAir will help me to ensure I am always engaging, exciting and stretching my learners.
I have a four goals that I have set for myself which I think will help improve my teaching practice.
1. Stick to timeframes
2. Continue to integrate reading and writing
3. Use 'wait time'
4. Encourage more creativity
I am looking forward to tackling the new year and continuing to become the best teacher I can be!