Welcome to my Blog for 2014. My name is Michelle George and I am the Team Leader and New Entrant teacher at Pt England School. This year, as part of the MDTA (Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy) and MIT (Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher) study, my New Entrant class will be piloting a programme using i-pads as 1 to 1 devices. 'Nothing new,' I hear whispers of! However....
One day Nature and Kahurangi came to school with the same shoes. They both noticed and from this a discussion was formed. We started to think about another word we could use instead of 'same.' Kahurangi came up with 'identical.' And so a song was developed! Another unknown word taken into the known!
Another example of building stories into song to help understand and remember how technology was used at the Zoo. Here are two examples showing their understanding of how a pulley was used in the bird enclosure. This then linked into writing allowing the learners to recall what they wanted to write.
Our writing has finally taken another step. Now that some groups have more control (fine motor and letter formation) we have gone from writing (rather large) high frequency words on an Explain Everything blank sheet, to writing our story during Guided Writing time. Today we focussed on hearing and recording sounds, locating unknowns and the 'old chestnut' finger spaces. The girls in this group were then able to save their work into their writing folder on Teacher Dashboard.