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Dorothy Apelu
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The Impact of my COL's inquiry, 2017
My COL's inquiry this year has focussed on: Using effective & engaging strategies to lift the achievement of boys’ writing. My learners this year have been the boys in my year 9 social studies class. My aims were: To increase engagement and motivation for w...
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Presenting at the Manaiakalani Wananga
On Thursday the 26th of October, I was privileged to attend the Manaiakalani Wananga held at Point England Primary.  The wananga was a chance for principals and school leaders from our wider outreach clusters and schools, to join our cluster to reflect on d...
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Well done to our Year 9 October holiday bloggers!
Over the holidays, I sent out a challenge to our year 9 students to write blog posts about different tasks that I'd set, related to topics that they had chosen.  Of the 9 tasks set, 4 students completed 4 or 5 of the tasks, with one student, Mateaki of 9RMz...
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Year 9 Holiday Blogging challenge!
At the end of term 2, I wanted to test out whether year 9 students would blog during the holidays by setting up a holiday blogging challenge.  We know students may not think about school much over the two weeks holiday and I wanted to see what would happen ...
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Year 9's writing across curriculum areas.
After our local MP Simon O'Connor visited our students, I wanted to continue the momentum by getting my year 9 social studies class to 'SLOG' (SOLO + Blog) about his visit.  I had my year 9's period 5 on Friday afternoon and I felt they needed more time to ...
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Spark M.I.T presentations at Ulearn 2017
On the Thursday 12th October, our SPARK M.I.T team presented at the annual uLearn conference for educators in Hamilton.  Spark M.I.T team 2017 We presented our inquiries through an ignite type session  which was an interesting challenge as it made us refine...
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Using SOLO to support my year 12's exams preparations
This week is senior exam week for our students and trying to get my year 12's ready for exams has been challenging at times, especially with the mixed levels of literacy in my class.  Students have to write an explanatory essay, and the context is the Israe...
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How my Inquiry fits in with our Achievement Challenges.
The Achievement Challenge that I am inquiring into relates to achievement challenge number 2, which aims to: Lift the achievement of boys' writing in Years 1 - 10. The students I am focussing on are the year 9 students in my social studies class, with a foc...
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SOLO + Blogging = SLOGGING!
My SPARK M.I.T inquiry is looking at using effective blogging with my year 9 social studies class.  Part of my reason for choosing blogging relates to challenges that our year 9 students face have when they start high school and the need to shift and accele...
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Connected learners share - the writing challenge exemplified!
In our recent school leaders PLG, Aaron Wilson shared feedback that he and Selena Meikljohn-Whiu had collated, which looked at comparing e-asttle results in term 1, 2016 to term 1, 2017.   Although all aspects of his presentation were important, the focus o...
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