Friday, June 8, 2018

Literacy Strategies with Year 11 - Updates

I have been mainly focussing on my NCEA Level 1 class (the Year 11 students) for my inquiry.
After breaking down how I wanted to approach my inquiry, I made a short term plan with some strategies to try and a baseline writing task to compare against.

I have made this new diagram to lay out what we have been doing since the end of March, with focus on what input has the teacher had, what input have the students had and what effect this has had, if any. The links on the diagram take you to blog posts that outline each step.

These links take you to the writing examples from the students. There are some June 8th samples still to be completed as of writing this blog post.
We have been focussing on using noun groups to give more information about the thing being described, making a statement and backing it up with a reason or opinion, using linking words to construct the sentences for this and using paragraphs that use one point per paragraph.
March 25th June 8th
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  1. I absolutely love how you have used one of the existing exemplars from NZQA site, and deconstructed the criteria for the various levels with Mark. What you've done with that work is so much more user-friendly than going through the exemplars in their current state. There is a huge of 'process' and 'processing' that both yourself and your students have worked through. Looks amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us online, and in our department meeting :)

    1. Thank you. I have a mixture on my class site now of NZQA exemplars and ones created by Tamaki College students so my current students can see that it is possible. The NZQA ones are as daunting sometimes.

  2. It is a great useful to me because I did not use these exemplars from NZQA site. Now I can follow this up and use this process in class with my students. You doing an amazing work thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your feedback Akesa. Keeping on top of the exemplars is useful but they can be a bit scary looking sometimes. I take specific parts out for my students to look at.

  3. Good job! very well illustrated showing the structures of teacher and student activities. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Nobel
      I think I learned more than the students through this whole process, which is a good thing as I can now use what I have learned with other classes.