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Saturday Sonya Van Xchaijik TEACHMEETNZ

July 12, 2014


What I liked about this presentation was the way teachers are still sharing ideas and classroom activities that have worked in an environment that allows us to reach beyond our immediate institutional colleagues.  It was the first time for me to attend a webinar for several years.  The last time was a Saturday morning 3 years ago because it was based in USA (time difference) and although it was also very stimulating, I was reluctant to engage in more webinars in my own time.

A lot has changed since the early days of webinars and now in New Zealand and world wide there are many webinars  in times that are much more convenient and fit with teaching down time.

Sonya managed the session with aplomb, efficiency and gave positive feedback and suggestions when presenters tried something for the first time that did not work – use Youtube instead of trying to embed into a Powerpoint for example.

Notes from presenters at the session 1045-11:45 ON WEBINARS   RHG02

Sonya introduced us to the session by saying there was a 2 Pronged approach:

1. Join Google hangout ourseleves

2. webinar with 8 guests some overseas or within NZ- 3 mins per speaker sharing their learning


Tara: (taratj)  Pukerua Bay School NZ

poetry within the classroom with spoken word- Khaili Smith on youtube

topic, play word associations, showed youtube but vids did not translate well with the hangout


JulieBTW  (from Holland)

Julie looks at songs for ESOL.  Strength of music is link to outside world.

Critereai: Hot songs, safe environment, learn- so select and create:

input meaning focused listening and reading

output – reading and scanning sentences starters change words

zoom in – language

zoom out – fluency development (discussion)


Anthony Faitaua (anthounyfaitaua)

looking at how to improve Pacifica student success using AKO – develop reciprocal space between teachers and learners, developing trust, relationships

Michelle Johansson gives a criteria  of levels for teachers to see where they are equiped.

He used PPTs but far too much data on slides and text too small

Added useful resouce links which we can access after as the video is rerecorded.

Example of how to assessment task around Polyfest, which is more dance


Vanitha Govini  (VanithaGovini)

Maths and technology expert

Maths assessments success limited by language ability even though students have good listening skill and plenty of listening practice.

Used THING PAIR SHARE in thinking groups  to create output

Used speaking frames eg I think the answer is because I solved this problem by I agree I disagree

Used apps and brainstorming questions eg What do you mean by   ?   What does that number mean? Why did you do that? etc

Using concrete to abstract

Ss are willing to share their thinking, listening to each other, developing conceptual thinking, taking risks

Use word problems talk less and listen more, and develop community of learners.

More links for ensuring learners


Alex Le Long   (ariaporo22)

Maori as achievers –

data informs but not the base of solid relationships with students

Gave two questions:

What stops us achieving as Maori (1) as individuals (2)?   an empowerment exercise

Ss brainstormed to improve confidence


Philppa Nicoll Antipas (KeenReader)

Flipping Grammar approach

Most of the presenters needed to be told: Screenshare was top green button to show their own screens


Students watch video at home and learn before they come into class

Used TED-Ed

Uses LMS eg Moodle and analyses data from students practice to put into groups

More fun so students are more likely to do homework

Video is more engaging than textbook

More personalised, focussed

Overall positive recommendation for ‘Flipping’.


Veronica Zane (Veronica Zane)

Uses progressions (new ESOL system)

biggest change from IELTS

ss able to self evaluate more

highlight the achievement indicators withe confidently and consistently achieved


Fortino Leaupepe-Tuala ( f_leaupepe)

Ss lose ground over summer holidays with reading because they stop reading for 6 weeks

What do you do to lessen this?

Research shows this loss is significant, cumulative and long lasting and it is an urgent issue

Sounds good for those with families to support

Prepare by promoting and practising 15 mins every day

provide access to libraries and promote local libraries

One good tip for promoting reading:

TAKE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF reading on holiday competition


Wrap up:

It is not enough for teachers to just be tweeting or on Facebook for PD – there is a real need to reach out beyond your own circles to get inspired by others’ passions.

Now we are trying to get into Sonya’s hangout but wifi difficulties and time restriction meant we did not quite get there.











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