Saturday, 23 November 2013

Week 6 already

During Wed, Thurs and Fri of Week 6, time was spent as a whole staff on Restorative Practices. A lot of information was condensed into these days. It was quite timely as Tuesday we worked on Curriculum Planning. It is always good to have a few days to let ideas settle before finalising the details this coming week. 

A varied week as we, the Newbies, also worked with Julia on Monday discussing and explaining our Hermann Brain Dominant Instrument. We looked at how we could use this knowledge with our students to extend them.

The basis of Whole Brain® Thinking and all Herrmann International learning modules, the HBDI® teaches you how to communicate with those who think the same as you and those who think differently than you. Once an individual understands his or her thinking style preferences, the door is open to improved teamwork, leadership, customer relationships, creativity, problem solving, and other aspects of personal and interpersonal development.

It was no surprise that I was pretty much even in the green, blue and yellow quadrants. What did surprise me was that most of the staff were dominant in the yellow, red quadrants. OR maybe I was not that surprised. Which brings us to Tuesday.

Each Term over the next two years will be planned around a theme. The Concepts and Contexts which relate to the theme Identity, for each Curriculum area, are used as the basis for our planning. The orange post-its represent the area Technology, green - The Arts, yellow - Science, red - Mathematics, white - Social Sciences, blue - P.E. and Health. 

Within our planning groups (each of the three groups having an even mix of Curriculum Areas) we worked out who would be in the Big Modules, Small Modules, Spin-offs and ARs (Active Recreation).

I have been allocated to doing a Small Module with Jill (integrating Technology and Maths) and 3 spins (ICT -Information Technology, Hard Materials Technology and DVC - Design and Visual Communication) and 1 AR (netball). My main concern was that I should have been contributing more to the Modules but after talking to Di and Lisa it became apparent that similar situations had occurred in the other groups. E.g. Identity was not naturally a leading theme for the Curriculum Area Technology. However, in Term 2 or 3 when we do Space & Place and Systems & Organisations the area Technology will best fit into the Big Module. 

This upcoming week we are introducing BIG Projects to the rest of the HPSS staff. As someone who has taught for 10 to 12 years and has always done project briefs with students, I am comfortable with the nature of this method of teaching and learning but others may not be. This facilitation, means that students may make decisions that lead them in different directions. The phrase I have heard used frequently at HPSS to describe facilitating project work is "just in time teaching". 

The following is a page The Big Project Team have been working on. Further alterations still need to be made to the Checkpoints Table and the What / How / Why / When / Who prompting questions. This page has been designed as a way to help teachers next year when they are facilitating BIG Projects.

Pete came up for the idea below and I sketched it up. Visually the diagram explains the facilitation of project work.

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