- After acting as AP for a year, this was my first official year as the real thing in leadership. I have noticed my conversations and perspectives have changed hugely this year. Needless to say, much of the conversation is around targeted programmes, National Standards and charters.
- Learning styles have always been a massive consideration in my planning and delivery but this year, I began to develop Learning Spaces with the children. Over a term, they developed the classroom spaces to meet their needs. There are less desks than students in the classroom, bean bags, tables, a campfire for meetings, fishing nets to create tent like spaces, and "caves" for children who like to learn in quiet spaces.
- I explicitly unpacked the Key Competency "Managing Myself" using James Nottingham's idea of the learning pit. We likened this to learning to ride a bike and called it the wobbles. Best dialogue in this classroom was when kids would let each other or me know that they were wobbling and needed someone nearby!
- My class composed of 1/6 being transient students. Most of these came from Christchurch but my latest was a student from Tamaki School in Auckland. Her arrival raised for me the potential of student blogs for students on the move.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Learning Spaces, Styles and Apps
It is time to reflect on what has been an absolutely thought provoking year and professionally challenging to boot!
Posted by Claire at 12:59 AM