Visit to Summerland School,
 West Auckland, 19/8/2010
    Some reflections from the day
       Tina Donnell, Kaipara Flats ...
This selection is not quite random. It’s
examples of good things that caught
my attention as I walked through the
school w...
Thinking Hats
in the Reading
  Programme
     This was a set of six
  scrapbooks set up for the
     children to write in
...
The instructions asked the children to use
the hats to think about a book they had
previously read from their book bag or
...
Goal Fish
   This display caught my eye, partly
because of the use of Kid Pix for print
          publishing in colour.
 I...
Learning
intentions and
success criteria
    While there were many
 differences evident from one
 class to another through...
These are some examples of the goals children chose.
More examples of goal setting
A tool for
  mastering
tables as Basic
     Facts
In a Y5&6 class, this child was
using a chart she had made to
    help r...
Luke Sumich described the
               process:
1. Once the chart is made, place
 hands over and lift each finger
to find ...
Independent
     learning
      One common thread in the classes at
   Summerland was the level of independent
           ...
Post-it note
   brainstorm
Post-it notes could be standard issue for
     paper supplies in classrooms.
    They are so ha...
Current
     Events

I thought this was a really
good example of extended
thinking around a current
       events topic.
Following on from the current
      events discussion
Using post-it notes to sort
          ideas
A junior class tool for organising
    for independent learning
While we were in the room, we observed children going up to the chart
and moving their photo to a different area of the bo...
Frisbee Golf? ... or maybe large ball.
Each exit from the trap had a + or - minus
              rule to score.
Recognising
   Home
  Reading
I liked this idea, because homework
 notebooks can be a bit invisible in
      the classroom...
Reading
     Rockets
This shows the rocket image
 with the children’s photos
that can be moved along as
  the children rea...
Rainbow
       Fish
I’m actually not that keen on
“art” where everything looks
  so similar, however as you
 will see in t...
Key
Competencies
  So the focus was on
working together and at
   the same time, the
    children learned
something about ...
Parent’s Corner
The next slides show a way of informing
parents about the National Standards in the
             classroom setting
Sharing the current goals
Using the exemplars to illustrate where
 the children are currently working...
... and also giving an idea of
 what the next steps will be
Reflection
      sentence
       starters
    Teaching children to reflect on their
learning and plan next steps is an intri...
Learning the
 language of
  reflection
   I liked this display of
 sentence starters to help
children think about what
  th...
Modeling books were in evidence in most classes and I liked the way
 they were on display and available to the children. I...
I’ve been thinking lately that it would be good to have art materials
 stored and displayed attractively to encourage the ...
Something’s missing...


 ...oops, I forgot the ICT and there was
 lots of it.
It appeared to be just another possible
set of tools in the learning process.
Use of ICT
Junior class, a group of children using
laptops to plan writing while other
children worked in books.
Y3/4 clas...
Mixed group, Y1&2 with Y5 or 6 child as scribe on
laptop, talking about materials and procedures for a
planned project

Ip...
Other things I was taken with...
Black paper and metallic markers used in a Y chart, looks like, sounds like, feels like.
...
...and another thing
 one class had an interesting range of
 furniture, high tables with barstools, low
 tables for sittin...
Many thanks to Luke and the team at Summerland School for allowing us a window into their
                                ...
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    1. 1. Visit to Summerland School, West Auckland, 19/8/2010 Some reflections from the day Tina Donnell, Kaipara Flats School
    2. 2. This selection is not quite random. It’s examples of good things that caught my attention as I walked through the school with Luke Sumich and the Twin Coast ICT cluster group. There are certainly some good things I saw that my camera forgot to record.
    3. 3. Thinking Hats in the Reading Programme This was a set of six scrapbooks set up for the children to write in independently as a follow-up to reading activity.
    4. 4. The instructions asked the children to use the hats to think about a book they had previously read from their book bag or browsing box. The work was on unlined paper and the children were free to write and draw to show their ideas. It was a tool for thinking rather than a published work. The books appeared to be well used and I liked that the children were getting a chance to revisit texts using an open-ended activity. I also liked that they get to choose which of the texts they have read to follow up in this way.
    5. 5. Goal Fish This display caught my eye, partly because of the use of Kid Pix for print publishing in colour. I don’t use Kid Pix very often in this way, as I am aware that colour printing costs 5 times as much as B&W. However, this was a purposeful use of Kid Pix in the goal setting process and I can see how the fish could be printed quite economically with more than one fish per page.
    6. 6. Learning intentions and success criteria While there were many differences evident from one class to another through the school, sharing learning intentions and success criteria was a common thread.
    7. 7. These are some examples of the goals children chose.
    8. 8. More examples of goal setting
    9. 9. A tool for mastering tables as Basic Facts In a Y5&6 class, this child was using a chart she had made to help recall the 7x table. The multiples of 7 were recorded from left to right on each finger on the chart.
    10. 10. Luke Sumich described the process: 1. Once the chart is made, place hands over and lift each finger to find the answer - e.g. for 3x7, lift the third finger 2. As you become more confident, bring your hands to a mid-point, away from the chart and use in the same way. 3. Turn away from the chart, and only use it if you forget the answer.
    11. 11. Independent learning One common thread in the classes at Summerland was the level of independent learning. I was impressed by the focus displayed by these two children and their ability to work cooperatively using a “Figure It Out” maths problem. On talking to the class teacher, she explained that she had spent a lot of time teaching the children to be aware of how they learn best. She has set up the routines and the environment to cater Thinking about it, ICT is one of the factors that both for children who prefer to work alone, makes independent learning easier to implement in undisturbed by others and also for children who a classroom - where the tools can be set up to need to talk with others as they work. engage the child, to guide a process, to hold Interestingly, the noise level in this class was low attention and to track progress. and there seemed to be quite a few children (The other important factor being the vision and working on their own. These children were quite skill of the teacher.) separated from the main group.
    12. 12. Post-it note brainstorm Post-it notes could be standard issue for paper supplies in classrooms. They are so handy as a tool in brainstorming. I have found it useful to use them alongside an ICT tool like Kidspiration, when I don’t have enough computers for my groups, or simply as an alternative choice.
    13. 13. Current Events I thought this was a really good example of extended thinking around a current events topic.
    14. 14. Following on from the current events discussion
    15. 15. Using post-it notes to sort ideas
    16. 16. A junior class tool for organising for independent learning
    17. 17. While we were in the room, we observed children going up to the chart and moving their photo to a different area of the board, before they moved to that activity. One child moved two photos and another child commented, “You’re not allowed to move someone else.”
    18. 18. Frisbee Golf? ... or maybe large ball. Each exit from the trap had a + or - minus rule to score.
    19. 19. Recognising Home Reading I liked this idea, because homework notebooks can be a bit invisible in the classroom and this gives children a visual reminder and reward for their effort. I imagine it could also be self managing and encourage goal setting, because the children are able to move their image along as they read more.
    20. 20. Reading Rockets This shows the rocket image with the children’s photos that can be moved along as the children read more books.
    21. 21. Rainbow Fish I’m actually not that keen on “art” where everything looks so similar, however as you will see in the next slide the goal setting did not have an art focus. (I did also see lots of examples of work where art was the focus .)
    22. 22. Key Competencies So the focus was on working together and at the same time, the children learned something about paper mache techniques.
    23. 23. Parent’s Corner
    24. 24. The next slides show a way of informing parents about the National Standards in the classroom setting
    25. 25. Sharing the current goals
    26. 26. Using the exemplars to illustrate where the children are currently working...
    27. 27. ... and also giving an idea of what the next steps will be
    28. 28. Reflection sentence starters Teaching children to reflect on their learning and plan next steps is an intrinsic part of current educational practice. The use of 21st century ICT tools makes this process easier, as children are able to revisit learning experiences through a variety of media and Web 2.0 tools such as voice thread and blogs.
    29. 29. Learning the language of reflection I liked this display of sentence starters to help children think about what they did and what they learned in the process.
    30. 30. Modeling books were in evidence in most classes and I liked the way they were on display and available to the children. I saw several children working with a modeling book alongside for reference. Charts created with the children can be so useful and relevant compared to published materials.
    31. 31. I’ve been thinking lately that it would be good to have art materials stored and displayed attractively to encourage the children to use them independently and to care for them as well. I hate the way the colours of the crayons get all spoilt when stored in one box, so I liked this solution I spotted on the way out of the last class we visited.
    32. 32. Something’s missing... ...oops, I forgot the ICT and there was lots of it.
    33. 33. It appeared to be just another possible set of tools in the learning process.
    34. 34. Use of ICT Junior class, a group of children using laptops to plan writing while other children worked in books. Y3/4 class, using DLO as a teaching tool with a group of children using laptops sitting on the floor, with the teacher
    35. 35. Mixed group, Y1&2 with Y5 or 6 child as scribe on laptop, talking about materials and procedures for a planned project Ipad - in use by one or two children in some classes. These are currently shared, with one between 2 classes, very recently purchased, in exploration phase Children using websites on desktops or laptops in classes as part on the reading or maths independent activities
    36. 36. Other things I was taken with... Black paper and metallic markers used in a Y chart, looks like, sounds like, feels like. (Chart looked great.) The teacher described how the day before the children had been excited by a sudden hailstorm, so she let them go out in it. Afterwards, they brainstormed words for the Y chart, working in small groups and she acted as scribe to publish their collated ideas. (Y3&4 class, I think) The snowball game as a brain break. Pieces of paper handed out, children write a question, put name on the back, screw up the paper and stand up when finished. On the signal, they throw the paper to the other side of the room. Children then pick up a paper, answer the question and find the author, point scored for correct answers. (Good to meet @heymilly from Twitter PLN) Using personality types as an aid to understanding learning styles in a Y5&6 class. The children were able to articulate what their personality type was and how that affected their learning. They could talk about positives and negatives. I was impressed by the good humoured way they approached this and also by their understanding of how they could use each other’s strength to improve their work. While some children and the teacher talked to us, other children continued quietly with their work. Yellow - creative; Red - emotional; Blue - analytical, big picture; Green - organised,
    37. 37. ...and another thing one class had an interesting range of furniture, high tables with barstools, low tables for sitting on floor to work, tables at standing height, padded cube seating, and study carrels, as well as standard height tables in different shapes and arrangements The children were able to choose where they preferred to work, some working away happily underneath tables, in one instance.
    38. 38. Many thanks to Luke and the team at Summerland School for allowing us a window into their classrooms. Thanks also to Sue Pritchard for organising the visit. (...and I guess I can reiterate, it’s not about the tools, it’s about the teaching & learning that takes place)

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