Due to level 4 lockdown in Auckland, it was good to see everyone online after our MIT Cook Island Trip.
We reflected how everyone is overall, how we were managing during lockdown.
An online activity was working in pairs and retelling our peer what our project is and the project outcome. We had to set up our own google meets. Then feedback to the team what your peer is working on. It was a good exercise as both parties had to listen and interpret to the team what their project is.
My Project - "Unbox a box" - Supporting a large group of our Year 5 emerging bilingual students who are reading 2+ years below their reading age
What was working? From the last KPMG and our Cook Island trip, I just started to lay down the process with our reading groups. Setting up the norms. Started to look and use Pacific dictionaries for maths as well as literacy. Working on my site.
What wasn’t working? A lot more challenging not being able to have face to face connect with our learners during lockdown. Unable to regularly meet with the group to have our learners read the text together. Most of our target learners are not online engaging through various reasons eg family responsibilities etc.
What can you do/have you done in Lockdown? During our remote learning we've been working as a team to ensure our learners are accessing work. I've been able to touch base and read with a couple of students, however haven't been able to have the same group to follow up task on building vocabulary. I'm working on building vocabulary work for the selected reading on that day. Checking that our learners well-being is paramount.
Has lockdown affected your project? Most definitely as with our emerging bilingual students they need more teacher support to guide them with reading and being able to ask questions readily when they're unable to understand. A good problem to have.