Teaching as Inquiry or where am I going?

Mihi - getting to know you - making connections

Teaching as Inquiry - what is it? Why use it?

Dimension 1: What knowledge and skills do our students need to meet important goals?

Possible questions and sources of evidence - booklet p3

Focus students? How many? Who?

Student voice collection

Working together as a department: Creating a culture of collaborative expertise - John Hattie

Mapping out my inquiry p5


So how did it go? Reflect and share your focus students and your possible focus.

Dimension 2: What knowledge and skills do we as professionals need to meet the needs of our students

Dimension 3: so what are your needs in order to deepen your professional knowledge and to help refine your skills?

Homework: Mapping your inquiry Dimension 2.

Term 2 Meetings and programme - Thursday 4 May, then department observations and sharing till 13 September.

Term 3: Meetings - 13 and 27 September Feedback, progress to date

Term 4 dates: Wed 18 Oct; Mon 30 Oct; Wed and Thurs 15-16 Oct; Mon 4 Dec

Focus for term 4: progress, feedback, planning for 2018

Dimension 3: How do I go about deepening my knowledge and refining my skills?

Prompts for Dimension 3

  • How will I approach meeting my learning needs – what methods of learning will best serve me?
  • What is the best way for me to learn about this? The most effective?
  • What tells me that this is the best way?
  • How does my professional learning plan reflect this?
  • Is my learning aimed at deepening my discipline knowledge or pedagogy or both?
  • What difference do I want to see as a result of this learning? – to my practice and to my students' learning?
  • How can collaboration with others at my school, particularly those who teach the same students, support my/their learning?
  • How can collaboration with others outside my school support my/their learning?

Developing Reading and Listening skills while capturing our students! How do we do it? Use of Embedded Reading and Listening - see our Google drive for the reading

Engaging students in new learning experiences - your challenge for terms 2-4

What new learning experiences have you engaged your students in? How did it go? What were your students' reactions?

Dimension 4: Engaging students in new learning

Prompts for Dimension 4

  • How am I ensuring that my new learning is being transferred to my practice?
  • When applying my learning what do I notice?
  • Have my beliefs, assumptions (about my practice, student learning) been challenged?
  • How do I monitor and reflect on where I am going, how I am going and where to next?
  • What criteria am I using to monitor the changes in my practice?
  • What kind of data (e.g. teacher designed, student self assessment, peer observations) am I collecting?
  • Am I on the right track?
  • How do I know?

Focus for 27 Sept:

  • Feedback for progress report - facilitator; student voice
  • Comments re recent readings - what trialled?
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Listening skills - article and scaffold sheet
  • Implications for reading aloud

Focus for Wed 18 Oct - Dimension 4: Engaging students in new learning experiences

Inquiry booklet page 5: Mapping your inquiry - use this to help you track and keep a focus on your inquiry

Mon 30 Oct meeting: Dimension 5 - What has been the impact of our changed actions on outcomes we value for our students?

Dimension 5: Prompts What impact did my learning have on my practice and on my students' learning? You have learned and applied, what's been the impact?

  • What's happened?
  • What data am I collecting to assess the impact?
  • How does this data compare with the data I collected at the outset in Dimension 1?
  • Have I seen the changes in student learning I expected to see?
  • Was my diagnosis of my learning needs in relation to my students' needs the right one?
  • How do I know that I made a difference? – to my practice and to my students' learning?
  • What evidence would convince me that this approach was the right one?
  • Do my colleagues share my assessment?
  • What might I do differently?

Use of digital technology in your classroom

What do you use at present? Go to this link and add your answers:

Adobe Spark - how do you use it? How could it be of use in my classroom?

Let's create one for your classroom

Next meeting: Wed - Thurs 15-16 Nov. Focus is on Dimension 5, see prompts above and feedback about the PLD.

Feedback from Google survey

Use of digital tools

2017: What did you do that changed your teaching?

Planning for 2018 - your needs and wants

Classroom observations: use of new Education Council standards

2018 Planning - look at the above readings from Gianfranco Conti and consider "one" thing you would like to implement in 2018.


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