Thursday, 3 August 2017

Back step

Based on recent formative observations, I have noticed increased levels of ’talk’ and responsiveness within members of the target group, but the wonderful addition to this is that other students are also beginning to talk more too! Currently our reading focus is persuasion (linking to our writing focus- hence providing opportunity for students to increase their understanding about the genre) this naturally promotes increased participation and confidence growth as students share their ideas in response to those readings. It has been necessary to back step a few times as I made some assumptions about student knowledge that were very wrong. Little things become big things … One group is reading about Zoo’s analysing the positive and negative perspective from an animal point of view. This group totals 6 students of which only 1 has been to a zoo! A very hit and miss exercise of naming animals at the zoo confirmed the lack of knowledge naturally making it very difficult to make the most of the text.


  1. Kia ora Adrienne, thank you for letting me observe your class this afternoon. I was particularly interested in the interaction and the level of talk within the groups. I noticed that all the students were really engaged and focused with their learning because they were listening to each other so that they could respond. Also, I really liked the way that you refocused the class by reminding them of this term's focus! I look forward to reading more of your Inquiry.

  2. Kia ora Judy, thanks for the feedback.