Thursday, October 18, 2018

Reciprocal Reading

Had real success with this in Week 1 with both Kea classes. Great to see students supporting each other and using these prompts and scaffolds. Students were in groups of four and changed roles throughout the week.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jagged Smackdowns

Everyone is different. In Room 3 we make jagged profiles to show what we're good at and what we need to work on next. This week we researched our goals (e.g. leadership) using YouTube videos but interestingly students got more useful advice from each other. They then shared their tips in a smackdown where they all presented for a minute. A genuine collaborative process.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Taking the Wesley Wizards to the epro8 (engineering, problem solving, innovation) taught me a lot about collaboration. It was really challenging to sit back and NOT help. But I was proud that they were the only team to take the time to draw a plan before they started building. Good communication and collaboration all round. We ended up coming 7th out of 12 teams with 160 points.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Jigsaw Learning

Hi all, I did some reading about jigsaw learning on this website. Next week I'm planning on using this idea in reading. Each student only reads one page of the text so they really have to collaborate to gain an understanding of the whole text. I also like it because students from different groups who are reading the same page get to support each other. This means that students can choose their groups but also get to work with a range of different people. I'll let you know how we get on...

Friday, July 27, 2018

4D Cycle

This week Room 3 looked at the 4D Cycle. We decided what we were already awesome at, then thought about what we wanted to be awesome at and finally planned how we can get there. Now it is our destiny! I was really impressed with how the whole class jumped in and shared their ideas on this. Lots of good discussions with students agreeing and disagreeing with each other. Lots for me to think about now so that I can support the class to get there. Watch this space...

YouTube video - 4D Cycle (you can skip to about 7:30)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Collaboration Rubric

I was given a great reading around collaboration. Using the rubric on this site made me realise I was controlling too much of the planning when my students were collaborating. We carried out a science investigation and I encouraged groups to visualise the experiment and plan for the different jobs that would need to be completed. Here is the doc...

We also happened to have our assembly in the same week so I threw all of the planning and organising to the class and they collaborated to complete five different (but cohesive) items with minimal planning from me. Here are our slides...

Sunday, June 3, 2018


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