Thursday, 24 November 2016

Reflection about video

I had an interesting discussion with a colleague on Monday regarding capturing lessons with video and why teachers are reluctant to be videoed.

It is my feeling that teachers often like their practice to be perfection. When you capture lessons often things are not perfect. Sharing this can be daunting if you expect perfection every-time. Always what I share on my website is raw footage and often I will have to deal with mis-behaviour or I will lose my thought and the video will not be an illustration of good practice or communication. 

If I was to go edit every video and turn it into something that shows me in good light I would be spending too many hours to make the practice sustainable. I prefer to just post video and not worry about peoples judgement.

Another observation is that while I am videoing I find student behaviour improves. I think students are aware when a camera is on and they are in full view and their behaviour is rewindable. There has been times this year where a class has been difficult to engage so I have started videoing and the students have settled down because of this.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

2016 SPARK MIT review

Being part of the innovative teacher group in 2016 has been a tremendous experience. The most enjoyable part is belonging to a community of highly effective teachers and hearing about their ideas, and thoughts on teaching and learning.

Meeting at SPARK headquarters once a term for PLD is something I look forward to. The working environment prompts thought and innovation. I will truly miss the experience. We are very well looked after.

My inquiry into rewindable learning is now embedded into my practice. I am very happy with the results and the feedback I have received. Presenting at U learn and the Manaiakalani leaders Hui were highlights. I felt well received by both audiences. Using video for rewindable learning is something I am going to continue to explore into the future. The release days and the mentoring pushed me into expanding the boundies around rewindable learning and I am grateful for the experiences.

In 2017 I am going to focus on helping other teachers use video to create rewindable learning in the Kootuitui cluster. I have received a time allowance of five hours a week and I intend on supporting other teachers in this journey.

Already I have presented to Papakura High school staff meetings and have also now presented at Toolkits and leaders PLD's and this has been well received.

A big thank you to Dorothy Burt and Juanita Garden for the mentoring and encouragement. You are both fantastic




Students discussing rewindable learning


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Feedback session with my senior students.




My lovely Senior PE students discuss with me their experiences using digital platforms for learning and assessment and also discuss their thoughts on rewindable learning.

I am very fortunate to have such positive and articulate young people to work with