''Wow, I can not believe we are already in March!! I feel like I have done so much but at the same time done so little!!! With Camp, swimming, a new job role, working alongside teachers, working with new learners as well as every other element of day to day life I am actually looking forward to sitting down to reflect on the journey so far.
As part of this blog post I want to record what I want to learn this year and how it links to last year's inquiry.
How can we teach Reading Strategies and 21st Century Skills through the vehicle of Role Play Gaming?
As part of the Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher programme I spent 2019 inquiring into:
'A number of learners do not make expected National Shift.'
By the end of the year I had developed a bank of resources that I had trialed in my lessons and had gathered an amazing group of teachers who had trialled them successfully in their lessons too.
I had also got to the point of how the lessons could be used to engage the learners, through gaming. I had set up a website which I wanted to use as a platform for the learners to use as part of their independent activities to grow their ownerships of their learning when they are not with the teacher.
Sooooo that bring us to this year, what have I been doing? What are my next steps?
Since the beginning of the year I have been making sure to take action on what I learnt from last year:
- I have gathered some baseline data from my learners before starting to implement
- I have gathered teacher voice before steamrolling ahead with what I think is needed
- I have created my 'tribe' of adults who are interested in my project as well as have passions that align with what I am trying to achieve
I feel like I have a lot to say about my next steps and wanted to give it it's own post. Find out next!!
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.
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