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…

Academic Tracking

This year I have been focused on trying to ensure that my academic tracking is very easy to follow and I can use it meaningfully for my own planning/assessment as well as student and parent feedback. At the beginning of the year I created a spreadsheet with all of the units for each of the…

Powerful Questions

Whilst at the NZ Drama conference Miranda Hart discussed the use of questioning to increase intimacy and trust between learners. I began thinking about ways I could use this in my teaching and was considering exploring this first with my classes who are less bonded together. However, it was during a presentation by Erica McWilliam on…

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…