Greetings, Kia ora, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Sawadee, An Young Haseyo, Konichiwha, Bula vinaka, Namaste, Akwaaba, Jambo, Shalom, Dobra dan, Endeminalachu, Ni hao, Fakalofa lahi atu. New Lynn School believes in providing students with a rich, varied education that supports children’s passions for learning, preparing students for their future. We are a culturally diverse community that is inclusive of all students and we focus on strengths and not weaknesses. We believe as a school community that it is important for their future lives for young people to have experiences beyond their own culture and to be able to connect globally. As a school that is part of the Kōtuitui Community of learning, our school has the opportunity to participate in a network of 12 schools. This means we are able through professional inquires to develop common understandings around teaching pedagogies. This will assist with meeting the learning needs of all students within our Kotuitui network and create shared pathways and understandings that our students can travel safely through their education.
This is my New Lynn in-school Community of Learning team:
My inquiry for 2018 is ‘How can the connections between home and school mathematics be more effective in order to accelerate children’s progress?’ Research shows that home school partnerships can help raise children’s achievement. But there is not enough research to show which home school partnerships accelerate children’s progress in mathematics. Further research has shown there is often a disconnect between how children and parents perceive mathematics at home and maths at school.
Kia ora! My inquiry is about developing a successful reading withdrawal programme in the Junior Syndicate, which will target children who are underachieving in reading. How to accelerate their learning, to match the rest of their cohort, using oral language and reading skills as the main focus.
As SENCo at New Lynn School I have encountered many students who face challenges which impact greatly on their ability to be successful in school. Constraints of working within the traditional ways of learning have sometimes resulted in children displaying negative behaviours. When incidents are unpacked self-efficacy, self-motivation and wellbeing are common threads to the antecedents of the behaviour. My inquiry focus looks into an alternative method of teaching through drama. My question is: How effective is drama in developing or influencing self-worth and self-motivation to engage and improve students learning? As said by John Wooden - “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”. Being part of the COL inquiry team offers me an opportunity to use drama to explore barriers to learning through finding out students self-concepts and self-worth and, learn about what will motivate them to want to learn.