Have been thinking about my Kia Eke Panuku obs from this week.
At the crux of it... I'd probably call my teaching style, organised chaos.
Students arranged at random, per choice of students. We don't do seating plans. In fact, student led decision making on where they sit and why has become incredibly important.
The shared power in the room - can be seen too. Learning tends to be more co-constructed and we learn from each other.
At any given moment with certain classes there is self-directed learning occurring.
What this looks like is different in different classes, with different students.
There is constant monitoring. Awhi, support and encouragement.
Wondering about my shadow coaching sessions and how KM modelled her lesson off of what I'd done in mine. Very cool. Loved her Numbered Heads strategy as well as how she had all the students e tu to refocus them :)
It was good to see that in both obs my relationship strengths came into play and that my giggly, humorous nature came out very obvious in the ob too.
I wonder how different my classroom is to someone who is much more traditional.
Two areas of focus for myself:
- Wananga - need to make the most of teachable moments and use that time to dig deeper, one on one.
- Develop more confidence with my Y9 social studies class. The revision stuff we're doing is mostly new. So we need to find a more concrete way to share this knowledge. Google Docs? Slides even? Not sure. That's my plan for this weekend. Figure it out.
I'd like to do more obs too because I need to improve my way of observation. I'd like to see more and dig deeper.
I really like the shadow coaching too. Different styles there - the side by side and the korero and discussing different points that came up.
I wonder how I might further improve and capitalise on the organised chaos and relationships in class.