Archive | March, 2013

Reflection of Appraisal Goals:

27 Mar

Reflection of Appraisal Goals:

27/ 03/13

Goal one:

RTC: To demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of professional practice.

Specific Goal:

To discover and develop new tools/ resources in ICT by working with, and learning from, colleagues. To attend professional development workshops that provides new ideas and tools to use in the classroom, which will then provide new and engaging learning opportunities.


This term has been very busy with assessments, Bike Safety, Athletics training, portfolio work to complete and Learning Conferences. I feel like it has flown by too fast and has left me little time to work and focus on my own personal goal focusing on ICT programmes and using digital tools more in the classroom.

I have not had the chance to focus on using my digital teaching station as a tool within my classroom. I know I need to be integrating the digital tool (the teaching station) into my classroom programme, I just find I don’t use it, and use my whiteboard. I need to ensure I plan to use it on my weekly plans to ensure I am making the most of it.

I have had some small opportunities to use it within my class programme and here is where I have:

–          Digital Teaching Station use:

This term we have been reading the Wahine Disaster tale by David Hill, ‘No Safe Harbour’ the children and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the text and have gone off  and investigated more into the disaster and located information using YouTube and certain websites to gather and gain new information. It was such a rewarding lesson and I know the children enjoyed this, and I have to say I loved having the large screen to show the wonderful images and film. The children were so focused and involved in the lesson. 

We also used the teaching station to find information on locations and icons within New Zealand for our ‘My Country and Me’ unit. The children used the digital tool to locate images they could use to draw, and they also used it to locate a range of facts from a range of websites about certain towns and cities. I know they were learning and gathering new information and they were taking it in and focused on learning.


My Next Steps to achieving my goal:

My next step towards achieving my goal is to integrate my teaching station more into my normal classroom programme. This means using it to display things in numeracy e.g. the time for maintenance, group L.O’s, number knowledge games on the big screen, and working using the teaching station with my groups to display questions and the children’s working. I want to use it in reading, when working with groups, especially my top group to go off and investigate more topics and ideas in-depth to build comprehension. I can also use it more in writing to share exemplars with the children and to co construct criteria, brainstorm ideas etc. I know I can use it and integrate it, as I did this a lot in previous years. I have to admit I have been lazy and not setting up my laptop in the teaching station. My next step is to use it more and find more ways of using it effectively in the classroom. This will help me to achieve my goal of using a lot more programmes on the computer to teach with.

Goal two:

To be an effective teacher of Oral language.

To develop an in-depth understanding of the process and skills in the teaching of Oral language.

To have an in-depth knowledge of the “Talkit” programme and resource.


As our school wide focus this year is Oral Language, we have already achieved some steps involved in reaching our Oral Language goal.  As a whole school we had Del Costello come in for a Teacher Only Day, before school was back for the year, to share activities for us to teach that focus on Oral Language in an effective way. She also talked and shared with us about how to pre assess our children using the matrix to find out where they were and where we need to get them, throughout and, by the end of the year. I found the practical side of the workshop really rewarding as we got to actually do some of the learning tasks that children would compete in and see what the benefits would be for the children.  I have completed a few things that are helping me achieve my goal:

Oral Language (pre) Assessments:

The whole school was to complete a pre assessment of where our children were sitting on the Talkit matrix before any ‘real’ and valuable learning occurred focusing on Oral Language. We wanted to do this to see where are children are sitting against the matrix and see how much we can move them up throughout the year. This would enable use to see how they are achieving and developing in this area with the learning tasks we are choosing to teach. I completed my assessments within the first 3 weeks, and had the data on MUSAC as soon as Margot had the subject area up on our school wide system. The matrix was easy to use to assess the children, and I found that many of my children were on the lower end of the matrix. Many of them mumble or are soft with their talking in a whole class situation. I know this is what I need to teach them: to become confident, look at their audience and talk with a decent volume so others can hear. Many of the children also struggled to listen to, and look at, their pairs for any lengthily time. It’s good to see where the weaknesses are so I can help the children to achieve significant improvements throughout the year.

TalkIt! Resource:

I have used my Talkit resource booklet in many of my Oral Language learning tasks. I find the resource is set out very well. It is clear to follow and has many examples and questions we can ask the children to get them thinking deeper about what they are talking about or what they are sharing with others. I know how long I need for each activity and it even gives me a list of questions I can use in the lesson to engage the children further in a topic.

Extra activities/ resources:

Faye has also given our senior team some extra examples of games and activities we can use in our classrooms. I have found these also extremely useful as it gives us even more games and tasks for children to do that are effectively getting the children talking and focused in lessons. The tasks are fun for the children and for me to teach.

Classroom display and Learning Intentions:

I have set up a classroom display in my room that makes the children aware of the subject being a focus in our classroom learning. The children have the Learning Intentions displayed in this area. When we want to see what we need to be focusing on when we are talking and sharing ideas as a class or with buddies, I draw the children’s attention back to our Oral Language area to see the clearly written Learning Intention to ensure they are doing it.  In our Oral Language display I also have used the Feedback Model I have to admit I have not used this much in my teaching, but I know this is the next steps involved in teaching Oral Language successfully.

My Next Steps to achieving my goal:

To help me use the Talkit resource better, my next step is to use and teach the children about how to correctly use the Feedback Model framework. I want the children to be able to say to their peers, and themselves, what they are doing well, what they need to do better next time they are talking with one another or to the whole class. This Feedback Model has some wonderful starters for children to use before giving feedback and shows them the correct way and positive way to help tell someone where they can improve or what their next step in learning is.