Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Helping our students manage themselves

What can I do to help students Manage their own behavior?

 Recognise that a change in a child’s behavior usually occurs when there is a change in  their home or school environment.

• Avoid engaging in power plays, struggles with children -YOU WILL LOSE AND SO WILL THE CHILD. 
-Recognise that positive attitudes of encouragement, understanding, and respect by an adult are the basic conditions for desirable behavior in children - Avoid the use of threats, put-downs, embarrassing statements, and criticisms to control children’s behavior.

• Keep in mind that children are social characters who have a need to belong and feel significant and important 
- Provide/create opportunities for children to share, to be independent, to be recognised, to receive praise, and to be involved in achievable work tasks and jobs.

• Keep in mind that children are decision-makers - Create an environment where children are encouraged to make choices and are actively involved in planning activities at sometimes during the day.

• Recognise that acting out behavior in children is often related to their language development -  children’s language capacity assists them to express their needs. Children may feel and express frustration when they have not yet developed the language to effectively communicate their wants, needs, opinions and feelings.

• Catch a child doing something right instead of catching him/her doing something wrong.
 Many times when a child is behaving desirably, such as playing nicely with a peer, or sharing in a friendly manner or working on task, we ignore the child or are too busy at that moment to notice. Giving a child a smile, a word of praise, or a pat on the back can go a long way in making the child feel special, significant, and a sense of belonging.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Behaviour and learning

Student’s behaviour can create barriers to learning and inhibit wellbeing for both the student and for those around them.

This is a growing concern of the teachers I visit. 

Behaviour is defined as the way one acts or conducts oneself, especially towards others. It is often a response to a particular situation or stimulus.

Totally agree with this :
"If students are learning successfully, if they are feeling connected, if they know that people care, they are less likely to behave in ways that jeopardise their opportunities to be part of that".
Ngaire Ashmore, Principal, Tangaroa College

Over the next few weeks I will be adding some strategies to help support our students to access their learning while managing themselves.

Often our students do not know what is 'good behaviour " we need to show them what we want.

Friday, April 13, 2018


Kristin Wiens, is an educator and inclusion coach from Victoria, British Columbia.

Kristin specializes in visual graphics to get important inclusive messages out there.
This is a list of best practices in teaching...these aren't just feel good messages...there is a ton of good teaching happening in this list.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Visual aids to enhance learning.

As part of my inquiry I have been researching my belief that Visuals aids help students to learn and retain information.

I found this interesting article.
Impact of Visual Aids in Enhancing the Learning Process CaseResearch: District Dera Ghazi Khan

It states:
Visual aids are the devices that help the teacher to clarify, establish, and correlate and co-ordinate precise conceptions, understandings and appreciations and support him to make learning more actual, active, motivating, encouraging, significant and glowing.

 Research tells us:
Every individual has the tendency to forget. 
Proper use of visual aids helps to retain more concept permanently.

Students can study well when they are inspired properly through different visual aids. 

Visual aids grow the accurate image when the students see and hear properly. 

Visual aids provide complete example for conceptual thinking. 

Visual aids create the environment of interest for the students. 

Visual aids helps to increase the vocabulary of the students. 

Visual aids helps the teacher to get sometime and make learning permanent. 

Visual aids provide direct experience to the students. 

Learning can be reinforced with different teaching/learning resources because they stimulate, motivate as well as focus learners’ attention for a while during the instructional process. Visual aids arouse the interest of learners and help the teachers to explain the concepts easily. Visual aids are those instructional aids which are used in the classroom to encourage teaching learning process.

 As Singh (2005) defines: “Any device which by sight and sound increase the individual s' practice, outside that attained through read labeled as an audio visual aids”. Visual aids are those instructional devices which are used in the classroom to encourage learning and make it easier and motivating. The material like models, charts, film strip, projectors, radio, television, maps etc called instructional aids. (Rather, 2004).
Visual aids are effective tool that “invest the past with an air of actuality.” Visual aids distribute the learners with true knowledge, which detention their devotion and help in the understanding of the ancient marvels. They demand to the mind through the visual auditory senses. When we use visual aids as teaching aid, it is one of the aspects which root participation of students in the lesson because when students look at visual model or aid, it is measured as a kind of contribution.

From this research following conclusions have been drawn;
 1- The research concluded that using visuals aids as a teaching method stimulates thinking and improves learning environment in a classroom.
2- Effective use of visual aids substitutes monotonous learning environments.
3- Students develop and increase personal understanding of the areas of learning when they experience a successful and pleasant learning in the classroom.
 4- Students find visual aids sessions useful and relevant when it has some direct relation to the course content. 

So what visual aides are you using to enhance student learning ?

This research also showed links between improved vocabulary and the use of Visual aides - which is a major focus for Manaiakalani schools.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Power of Key Competencies

What skills do our students need to be capable confident members of society?

Sometimes I think we get so tied up in student achievement and measuring their progress we run out of time for some very important skills and learning opportunities.

As a successful learner we need skills to relate or others and manage our own behaviours - The Key Competencies are a vital part of our NZ Curriculum. They should be incorporated into every aspect of our class programme.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Understanding our students

Knowing Our Students.

This term I have been focusing on understanding more about the students I work with and their current skill level. Our students often present themselves in a certain way - so many these days with complex behaviours or learning needs.  

To truly understand our students and plan appropriate programmes to meet their individual needs we need to dig a little deeper to understand them more , not just rely on what we see.

I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to listen to Dr Jannie van Hees
discuss Language Acquisition & Development , this has made me think alot about the cultural aspects of our students.
I found this diagram and found it very thought provoking.
Time to steep back and take a deeper look and get to know my families and students through a different lense.