29 January 2018

My professional inquiry 2018

After reflecting on "Our codes, our standards" I have whittled my area of inquiry down for the year. My professional inquiry will be based on the Design for learning section. What immediately jumps out at me with regard to an area of focus is 'assessment'. I am moving from a sector that prioritises narrative and formative types of assessments, to a sector that has primarily based its assessments on the government requirements of National Standards - consequently an emphasis on Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Design for learning: Design learning based on curriculum and pedagogical knowledge, assessment information and an understanding of each learner’s strengths, interests, needs, identities, languages and cultures.
Select teaching approaches, resources, and learning and assessment activities based on a thorough knowledge of curriculum content, pedagogy, progressions in learning and the learners.
My professional inquiry for the year is:

"What strategies are most effective when supporting learners with reading?" 
- Individual inquiry

Inquiry #1 - What evidence do I have that this is the right area to inquire into?
I have recently read lots of books to get my head around the assessment that is required in the first few years of school. Under the Mutukaroa framework - assessments should be completed on arrival to school (5 years), then again at 5.5 years, 6 years and 7 years. Over the holidays I delved into a few books and Youtube videos to help me prepare for these assessments in the new year. I read "An Observation survey of Early Literacy achievement" and "Effective Literacy Practice". 
I also came across suggested levels for children on the Reading Wheel. I have a lot to learn in this area! Although a quick scan of my blog will show that I have been focused on literacy for some time I am really interested in the reading progressions. I have my own philosophical views on reading, which can be found here. Over the years I've come to learn that reading has the most significant impact on student learning. Of all the things we can do for our tamariki - reading is the most important thing! What I strongly believe is that "Reading should be fun". As someone who enjoys reading ALOT! I want to foster this love of reading in children for life - not just in school. Maybe I should have been a librarian?

In my role as Mutukaroa coordinator I will be required to talk to whānau about their child's learning. While the whole area of Mutukaroa is intriguing, I really want to zone in on one particular area of learning and the impact this may have or not have on whānau engagement. How might we measure this area and what does true 'engagement' look like in the context of our school? What are our parents aspirations for their child? These are all unanswered questions that I hope to explore throughout the year. 

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