NCEA Exam Revision

In preparation for the NCEA level 1 exam I was tasked with creating a revision booklet for the students. In order to do this I needed to research the exam, this years specification, the play we had seen and the assessment criteria carefully. The booklet can be seen here: Revision booklet 1.7: click here Revision booklet…

NCEA level 1 preparation

As this was my first year directing an NCEA standard play and having a large class of 24 I wanted to make sure that I was as organised as possible so that the students would have the best chances of success. Therefore I structured my class into two groups and gave each group different ensemble…

Year 9 camp!

Week three of term one saw all year 9 students going on a residential camp. I accompanied my tutor group to this 3 day event and my role was to accompany them to all of their events. This was a really important time for us to bond as a group and overall was extremely successful….

Aotearoa, New Zealand

My personal Inquiry project this year has been to explore ways to incorporate more content of Maori and Pasifika culture into the classroom. As well as that I am keen to raise standards in the Middle College particularly. This works with our department future – focused goal which is to have student who are activated…

TIC – Sign Language

Terms 2 – 4 of this year I have been the TIC of Sign Language club which runs every Wednesday. The club has 20 students years 9 – 13 and two support staff. As beginners Sign Language the students have learnt: Alphabet Names Introductions Emotions Numbers Ages Family Greetings Countries Colours Introduction to Deafblindness and…

Self Observation

Today I filmed my lesson using technology ‘swivl’ which follows the teacher around the room whilst filming and allows you then to review your lesson. Below is the lesson plan and my self – reflection. Lesson plan – click here Self reflection: Focus: The students settled fairly quickly given the lesson was last period, in…

Maori and Pasifika Cultural Evening 2017

Tonight I stage managed the College’s Maori and Pasifika Cultural Evening. The evening involved over 80 student performers as well as guest spots from ex students and members of the community and whanau. The event is predominantly directed by members of our PE staff who put a lot of effort into bringing together diverse members…

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…