It has been a quieter week on the mailing list. Report writing seems to be consuming you all currently. What a wonderful time to celebrate the learning journey of 2014 and begin to think about your teaching inquiry for 2015. I wonder if any of you encourage your learners to give you feedback or report on your year? This report card for teacher form could provide a starting point for you.
This week I am sharing with you the new resources on Assessment Online.
NEW resources on Assessment Online
Assessment online have just updated their ‘Reporting to Parents’ material for school leaders and teachers. Updated templates, models and examples have been provided to assist schools in developing their own reporting frameworks. The material was tested with key user-groups including schools and parents. It is all available at
The new materials include:
Why report to parents and whānau? Information sharing and reciprocal learning underpin reporting processes
Principles of effective reporting The principles that guide effective reporting and information sharing
Process for reporting Tools for schools to develop and review their information sharing processes
Examples and templates Find examples and templates of written reports for students in years 1-8. This includes an ELLs example and for students below the National Standard.
Also included are the following pages:
Feedback from schools Feedback from schools on the new reporting resources.
Ready to Read Webinar
The new Ready to Read titles are making their way into schools. If you would like to learn more about the Ready to Read review or have questions about the review, you can register for the teachers’ Ready to Read webinar on Thursday, 20th November between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m.
It has been great to see the sharing on the mailing list around this exciting new resource.Please continue to share your thoughts, questions, learnings and insights with the community. We look forward to you joining us in the webinar on Thursday.
Snapshot for Teaching and Learning in Literacy Goal setting and reflection: Literacy learning supported by Google docs Powerful sharing by learners. Do we explicitly allow time for reflection?
Children’s authors around New Zealand:
This week we showcased Kyle Mewburn. Check out Kyle’s fun writing activity! Can you set up a Kyle Mewburn display in the library? Do you have questions for Kyle?
Anne’s Literacy Links and Look ups…
This link from Edutopia PBL Resources titled The 40 Reflective Questions could be a useful starting point if you are wanting to increase reflection with your staff, team or learners. The feedback grid could be used as a framework to support the gathering of focused feedback. The work critique is a framework for focusing critique.
Dear Parent, About that kid has gone viral for thousands of views and almost 900 comments. It is a powerful read that is very thought provoking. It is followed up by I am “That” parent. Both of these readings are a rare and precious insight!
How to play back all the changes you made in a Google Doc by adding draftback! This is a powerful teaching and learning addition. Yesterday I was able to play back a collaborative document to a group of students, showing every keystroke as and when it was made! This is going a long way to address issues of ‘cut and paste’ from other sources.
Not just describing unpacks some questions around SOLO taxonomy use with juniors.
From assembly to maker faire is a blog post shared by Stephanie reflecting on challenging the notion of the school assembly. Well worth a read to explore the journey!
Innovative Ideas for using google forms – how are you currently using forms in your class? What can you share with us all?
Have a fabulous week!
Ngā mihi nui
Literacy Online Facilitator
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