Tracey Simeon, Principal at Tautoro School, talks about how they have enabled the students to have more agency and more collaboration with each other. “We found out through our initial questionnaire with the kids that it wasn’t the teacher that made the biggest impact, it was their collaboration with their friends.”
Tautoro joined the Kaikohekohe cluster because we wanted to see some form of change in our students’ learning. We wanted them to be successful and engaged learners and so we decided that having a digital tool to assist in their learning would help them to achieve and accelerate in literacy and numeracy skills.
To promote more collaborative learning, because we found out through our initial questionnaire with the kids that it wasn’t the teacher that made the biggest impact, it was their collaboration with their friends. We talked about how to use the tools, how to promote more collaboration using the mantra learn, create, share. And display our work on a global setting using student learning blogs, which helped the students to promote more learning because they were really pleased to see people from other schools, other areas of New Zealand, writing on their blogs and commenting on how well they did to achieve their learning intentions.
Our lead teachers will all get together next week and create, through the developments of individual schools, a whole cluster writing rubric based around the e-asTTle. And it’s all in KidSpeak, which is even better because it is a tool that promotes the students to own their own learning. So it’s not just held by the teacher, it is also shared with the students so that they become the teacher of their own learning. So I think that’s the biggest shift that we’ve had.