Monday, 14 September 2015

Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initiative).

This is what we think Rangatiratanga is...
  • Helping new kids –showing them what to do and where things are
  • Doing something without being asked
  • Helping
  • Solving problems for ourselves… thinking
  • Leading by example… showing by doing
  • It is not being a bossy boots
Rangatiratanga (Leadership and Initiative) - it is all about thinking and making some choices for ourselves. 

We need to think for ourselves!!



I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the classroom.
Kerri thinks



I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the playground.
Kerri thinks

 


My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: helping those in need. I take them to the duty teacher or help them get an ice pack.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: I follow my i time card in reading and maths

It was really hard when: to makes sure I am always doing what I need to and my very best.
Kerri Thinks
What a great reflection, it is tricky to make sure you are always trying your best but that is how you can lead by example. Remember initiative is all about making some choices for yourself, have a think and then have a go. 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Using what I know

WALT: think about what I already know before I start reading

Success Criteria:
  • I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
  • I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
  • I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
  • I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read



How I am going

I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
Kerri thinks



I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
Kerri thinks
 



I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
Kerri thinks



I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read
Kerri thinks



Reflection

Thinking about what I already know helps me because: I think about some stuff that might be in the book, it gets me ready to read.

It was really hard when: I don't know anything about what the story is about.

Something that really helped me was: The talking at the start becasue we can ask and answer a few of the question before we read it.

Something new I learned was: thinking about what I am going to read before I start helps me becasue I can understand my story better.

Kerri Thinks
We do a lot of chatting before we start reading. That helps us to 'engage our prior knowledge' and think about what we already know so we are ready for reading and learning.  It helps us to understand our reading. Remember to listen to the ideas and thinking of others in the group, we can all learn from each other. I know that you are a great reader so your next learning step is to work together with your group - sometimes you are the leader and sometimes you are not.

Fractions and Problem Solving

We have been learning all about fractions and what a fraction is. We decided that a fraction is fair. It needs to be the same shape, same size or the same number. 
We have also been doing loads of thinking and problem solving in our maths. We think problem solving is hard but we are very proud of our learning!

WALT: find the fractions of sets and shapes.
Success Criteria
  • I can use what I know to solve problems
  • I can use a picture to show my thinking
  • I can use materials to show my thinking
  • My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same size)

How I am going

I can use what I know to solve problems
Kerri thinks



I can use a picture to show my thinking
Kerri thinks


I can use materials to show my thinking
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My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)
Kerri thinks


Reflection

My favourite part was: doing the tricky problems because they really made me think.

It was really hard when: I didn't know where to start to solve the problem. 

Something that really helped me was: using the materials like the jelly beans and the teddy bears because I could count them to finger out the answers.

Something new I learned was: materials can help me.

Kerri thinks
What great learning Caleb - materials are a great help to show your thinking and to help solve tricky problems. You have a great understanding of fractions and you can find fractions of sets and shapes and count in halves. You know that fractions are fair shares - the same size, same shape, or same number.
Remember when problem solving, slow down and think about what the question is asking and then think about what you already know. Lots of thinking and drawing pictures can help you solve tricky problems. 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

My Mum


In High5 we have been practising writing to describe. That means we are trying to get the reader to see what we see, we are using our words to create a picture. We have been adding details to our writing to help make the picture clearer.

Task:
Our job is to do this planning and write our own story about a person in our family that is special to us.

Success Criteria:
  • I planned my writing 
  • I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
  • I did some fixing by myself
My writing:


How I am going

I planned my writing
Kerri thinks


I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
Kerri thinks

I did some fixing by myself
Kerri thinks


Reflection

My favourite part was: writing my story because it made me remember all those special things I did with mum. My mum is really special.

It was really hard when: planning because I just wanted to write. I had no plan so it made it hard to make sure my ideas were in order.

Something that really helped me was: doing other describing writing so I knew what to do. Rereading my story helped so I could add more details.

Something new I learned was: it is really important to add details to help my reader.

Kerri Thinks
I am pleased that all the other describing and adding details writing we have done helped you to create this piece. What great learning for you; you learned how important is is to have a great plan (so you can capture your ideas and write them in order) and how important it is to add details (to help the reader 'see' into your brain. I think you normally plan your writing, but you could add some more details so that is why I gave you a yellow.