Tutoring role – handling discipline.

I have a tutor group of 15 year 9 boys. They are an excellent group, on the whole, they are all academically doing fairly well, setting realistic goals for themselves and are compliant. However, over the last few weeks I have noticed that two of the boys have started to isolate themselves. They have stopped…

Tutoring role – well-being

This week one of my tutees (year 9) mums contacted me by email to ask me how I felt her son was doing at school. She raised the following concerns: He is expressing that school is ‘too much’ at the moment. He seems overwhelmed by the expectations of higher level learning. She is concerned he…

Maori Patterns as Stimuli

My inquiry for the year is to implement Maori and Pacifica culture more meaningfully into my lessons. In one of my year 10 sets I have two Pacifica students who are keen on Drama but struggle to engage with the expectations of some of the more abstract concepts. As we were moving on to exploring…

Observing a colleague: 1

25th May 2017 Today I observed my HOD with her year 10 Drama class. I wanted to observe her as she has a really good knowledge of this unit, having co-written it and having taught it before. We both struggle with one of our year 10 sets, in terms of their committment to the work…

Observation feedback: 2

19th May 2017 Today I had my second  lesson observation. This was by a fellow Drama colleague so I was really interested to see her feedback as she has a good understanding of the demands of the classes and topic. Background: This was my year 11 class which is a big set – 24 in…

Whakawhanaungatanga in practice

In the past I have always created class ‘agreements’ with groups in the first term as this has seemed the most logical time to start. However, this year with my year 9 and 10 classes I experimented with holding this off until term two when they had settled better into the school and class. This…

Meet the Parents

In week 3 of our school term we accompany our year 9 tutor groups to a 3 day camp where the students get to bond with each other through adventure and problem solving and their tutor teacher who is there with them all of the way. This was an incredible opportunity for me to spend…

Stretching comfort zones

“What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.”- Michael Fassbender I have a tutor group of 15 year 9 boys, all academically moderate, all into and…

NCEA – Getting it right.

Today I completed the marking and assessment feedback for my first NCEA level 1 assessment. As usual, I have spent a lot of time worried about my marking and results, keen to ensure I get it right and that the moderation process would be smooth. I always want to ensure that my students are not…

Necessary Contrasts – metacognition

Dr Vanessa Byrnes, at the NZ National Drama conference spoke about how important it was for her to recognise ‘necessary contrasts’ in her own creative practice. That it is ok for her to be someone who likes chaos but also likes order at the same time. This really struck a chord with me, as I…

NZ National Drama Conference – Dunedin

Last week I attended the NZ National Drama Conference in Dunedin where 85 drama teachers from across New Zealand met to take part in professional and best practice sharing. The theme of this years workshop was ‘identity’, ‘legacies’ and ‘heritage’.  “We will explore ways in which to share our journeys and culture through collaborative practice including…

Whakawhanaungatanga

In her research paper ‘ Whakawhanaungatanga – Culturally responsive teaching in the Drama Classroom’ (NZ Journal of research in Performing Arts Education) Tracey Lynn Codey discusses drama strategies and practice to engage Maori learners in a culturally responsive way. Due to the statistics of achievement of Maori/Pacific students, the government see these learners as priority…