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Journey reflection (half way mark)

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It is easy to be passionate about something and want to put something in place to support that passion and/or need, but as a working professional and mother of 3, I have really struggled with carrying out the task and meeting the deadlines set. From the start, I knew this project was a big one - especially in comparison to other students in MCE and what they are working on. To be able to make a mark in society and help the children in my local area, first anyway, actually requires full attention. This is something I haven't been able to do. I am easily sidetracked by the goings-on at home, and at work, I love to take on responsibility and stay busy. 
I guess so far in this journey, the best part has been the documentation. My background is administration and I like to classify myself as a very organised and routined person. This makes the creation of documentation, recording, analysing, etc, my cup of tea. 
The part I have struggled the most is the inputting and compiling of lessons…

2020 Theory of Improvement and Implementation Plan

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Upon review of the 2019 Theory of Improvement, I felt we didn't achieve as much as we possibly could have. But when looking through the 2019 Implementation Plan, the evidence suggests that with the timeframe we put on ourselves, we were never going to meet the end of year goals or outcomes.

Our biggest hurdle for 2019 was time. That is the time that other experts, agencies, organisations and colleagues have available to contribute to our research and product. With this said, I have tried to allow more time during 2020 to allow Stakeholders 1 and 2, as well as ourselves, more time to investigate, explore, and provide feedback about The Hub, therefore allowing us more time to make sure the product is viable and user-friendly. Again, these documents are 'works in progress' meaning they are ever-changing and adapting to the stage we are at.

We have had to be a bit more realistic with our time as we are both working full time in classrooms, and completing not only this project bu…

2019 Implementation Plan and Theory of Improvement end of year update

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As the initial year for this project has come to an end, it is time to look back over the Implementation Plan, mark off what has been achieved, and start looking at the 2020 Implementation Plan.
A lot has been achieved in the short time working on The Hub during 2019, but not all Outcomes have been met. These will roll over to 2020 Outcomes. The Outcomes to be relooked at are:

- Target: Production - Collecting Level 2 Stakeholders voice about what type of resources they would like available
- Target: Stakeholders and Partnerships - all areas.

The main challenge working on this project is working in with other people's schedules. As we are needing to work with other professionals in the Education Sector, patience and understanding of time has been tested. This is one of the reasons the second Target hasn't really been started. We are relying on other experts within the CoL to support us with data, as well as having target teachers come on board. The end of the year is a busy time f…

Deliverable #2 - Anecdotal Notes: Website Design

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16 January 2020:

The website has been designed to a very basic online design. I chose to use Google Sites as this platform is easy to navigate, easily accessible documents and attachments, and simple to use. At this stage, I have only a handful of resources in the teacher's section focussing on Geometry Level 3. The screenshots below are in order of accessing the lessons and the supporting resources. 

Cory has agreed to continue developing and changing the site to suit the users from feedback and as resources are added.




















MCE Student Survey #1: My thoughts about school

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To be able to collect baseline data regarding the need to have an online platform that is accessible to students so they can learn away from the class, it was important to have a survey for the students to complete that can help us to find out what the barriers are to their learning.
I accessed a whanau survey used in our RCCoL for Students With Additional Needs to help develop a short survey to be used.


Once I had established the main questions, I then decided that Microsoft Forms would be a good platform to use for sharing as I liked the simplicity of the program. For confidentiality purposes, the students will only share their Student Participation Number (SPN).  The survey is now ready to be shared with the targeted group of students. This will be done midterm 1 of 2020, once targeted students have been identified.
The link below will lead you to a duplicate template of the survey: My thoughts about school.



Deliverable #3 - Kete of Resources - Pre-Planning

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Focus Curriculum Area for Mock-up and CoL Proposal


Curriculum Area: Geometry - Shape
High School level for Ceylan = L5
Primary School level for me = L3



Achievement Objectives:
1. Classify plane shapes and prisms by their spatial features. 
2. Represent objects with drawings and models. 

Learning Intentions to used are taken from eTap Spotlight which is used within the class and reporting to parents. As we are only doing Geometry: Shape, only the learning intentions that relate to this area will be used in the lessons. Images from eTap Spotlight are below of the Geometry Learning Intentions. The Learning Intentions span over three (3) year levels due to how the New Zealand Curriculum covers a couple of year levels per curriculum level.





September Evidence of Collaboration

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September was another busy month with collaboration among peers. One of my favourite collaborations is with the Project Group and just hearing how they are all going. It's a relief to hear that we are all feeling the same things but in different context and stages of our projects. The project group collaborates in a couple of ways: Slack and Zoom. Our Zoom meetings are videoed for future reference and minutes are also taken.















For my study partner and I, we are lucky that we live in the same town as we are able to meet up and have our own face to face meetings. We do schedule these in Trello, record notes in Trello, but communicate on a daily basis or as required via Slack.