Enjoyment of learning, Confidence and Achievement
These are my reflections on teaching and learning in a secondary school. My professional inquiry is about collecting, analysing and sharing NCEA L1 data with learners to inform my teaching practice so that there is a shift in academic achievement of Maori Learners to meet our 2017 school target of 80% achieving NCEA L1 Numeracy. 50% of our Maori Learners achieved L1 Numeracy the previous year compared to our national decile equivalent of 68.7%
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Light bulb moment
Professor Graeme Aitken shared 3 things for learner success at our Manaiakalani PLG today:
Enjoyment of learning, Confidence and Achievement
I had a light bulb moment ......I am so FOCUSED on Maori achievement in my 1104MAT class, that I have overlooked the enjoyment/fun factor for learning that is needed to build learner confidence which will subsequently lead to achievement. With increased confidence, I am certain that learners will attempt more set tasks which will better prepare them for summative assessments and thus reduce our high level of learners who are not sitting assessments.
Enjoyment of learning, Confidence and Achievement
Baby steps
Our Maori achievement data shows a slight reduction from Term 1 to midterm 2 of students who Did Not Sit (DNS) the Linear Algebra assessment.
AS 91029

% Maori
Term 1

% Maori
Term 2

N

90%  DNS

75%  DNS

A

10%

25%

M

0%

0%

E

0%

0%

Achievement criteria in studentfriendly language were revisited in conjunction with explicit literacy and teaching strategies as shown below
Algebra  Internal 3 credits  Numeracy
 
ACHIEVED

Form equations, Solve equations (line graph), Substitute

MERIT

Interpret data (in context)

EXCELLENCE

Create and solve your own equation

Literacy Strategy:

3 Level Guide
Achieved  Read on the line
Merit  Read between the lines
Excellence  Read beyond the lines

Teaching Strategy

Forming equations: Look for secret words: each, every, single, one, per; that number gets the letter
Solving equations: =sum(
Interpreting tables: Colour code cheapest prices

The table below shows an increase in Maori Achievement from 10% to 38% and a reduction in students not sitting assessments from 90% to 62%.
AS 91029

% Maori
Term 1

% Maori
mid Term 2

% Maori after Term 2 exam

N

90%  DNS

75%  DNS

62%  DNS

A

10%

25%

38%

M

0%

0%

0%

E

0%

0%

0%

The Maori National Decile Equivalent (%) for Not achieved for this standard is 17.8%. We still have a way to go to get students confident enough to attempt assessment tasks.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Whanau support
Our recent analysis of data from 1 May showed that 42% of our year 11Maori learners and 87% of 1104MAT Maori learners have zero maths credits. Giving 1104MAT learners an opportunity to set maths specific Goals on day 1 of term 2 seems to have had limited effect on a few learners, so I stepped up the intervention and contacted whanau today asking for their support to encourage learners to attend maths study classes after school. 50% of our whanau immediately agreed to support their children. Now we just need learners to show up.
Sunday, 7 May 2017
Empowered learners
All learners should be familiar with the achievement objectives from the New Zealand curriculum. Empowered learners can interpret and show evidence of their understanding of the achievement objectives. At the start of our new standard on Multivariate Statistics, we discussed the achievement criteria in the table below.
Statistics (multivariate)  Internal 4 credits  Literacy/Numeracy
 
Problem  I wonder………(compare 2 populations)  2 questions needed
Plan  randomly select data from the table provided (about 30 for each population)
Data  table
Analysis  5 data summary and description of graphs (Dotplot and Boxplot)
Conclusion  Answer the question, Reflect on the outcome if another population was used.
Discussion  shape/skew, median, shift, overlap, spread, interesting features
 
ACHIEVED

Discuss any 3 for each population

MERIT

Discuss and compare any 2 (in context) with evidence

EXCELLENCE

Detailed discussion AND comparison of any 3 (in context) with evidence

Literacy Strategy:

Mnemonic  PPDAC Cycle
Word Definition
Give one Get one

Teaching Strategy

Acrostic Poem
Shapely Men Shift Over Seas for Interesting features
Shapely  shape/skew
Men  median
Shift  difference between medians
Over  overlap of boxes
Seas  spread
for Interesting features  interesting features

Learners then found definitions or images of words which were unfamiliar to them. For example
Multivariate
5 data summary
Dotplot
Boxplot
Skew
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Multivariate Statistics  Plan of attack
Historical data from 2016 showed that many Maori learners in 1104MAT did not sit (DNS) this Multivariate Achievement Standard which was taught in term 3.
AS 91035

% Maori 1104MAT

%Maori my school

Maori National Decile Equivalent (%)

N

83%  DNS

52.9%

21.5%

A

0%

23.5%

64.8%

M

0%

11.8%

9.2%

E

17%

11.8%

4.6%

Higher expectations cannot be taught or imposed independently of context. Rather, they develop as new teaching approaches are mastered and student learning is seen to improve. (Timperley, Wilson, Barrar, and Fung, 2007).
A plan of attack for 2017 was to teach and assess this standard earlier in the year and be more explicit about the use of 3 literacy strategies (Mnemonic, Word definition and Give one get one) and a teaching strategy (Acrostic Poem). My next blog will elaborate on these Literacy and Teaching strategies.
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
GROWTH Coaching
A default for learners who are not achieving, is to request lunch/afterschool study classes. Study classes work well for those learners who can commit to them, but for learners who have other commitments (family, sporting and church) after school, we needed to find another way to get learners to become more active and take charge of their learning in order to achieve academic success.
We attempted a GROWTH coaching activity using the template below which raised some rich discussion and collaboration.
We attempted a GROWTH coaching activity using the template below which raised some rich discussion and collaboration.
NAME:
Questions

Answers/Observations

Goal  To get 16+ maths credits in 2017
What are the benefits of achieving this goal?
What will be the cost if you don’t achieve this goal?
 
Reality  What is happening now?
On a scale of 1  10 where do you see yourself
What have you tried so far?
 
Options  What could you do?
What could you do to change the situation?
Can I make a suggestion?
What advice would you give someone who was in a similar position to you?
 
Will  What will you do?
Which option do you like the most?
What specifically will you do in the coming week?
 
Tactics  How and when will you do it?
When will you take the next steps?
Do you need to log steps taken
What type of person do you need to be in order to get the desired results?
 
Habits  How will you sustain your success?
What resources/assistance do you need to maintain this?
What might get in the way?
How will you ensure you carry out these actions

Monday, 1 May 2017
Comparison Algebra and Bivariate Statistics tracking sheet
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty"  Winston Churchill.
Day 1 of term 2 was an ideal opportunity to revisit 1104MAT achievement data from term 1. Kamar statistics were projected onto the board for our first 2 achievement standards and learners had to see what part they played in the data. Most realised that term 1 effort was insufficient for success at NCEA L1.
All 23 students who are showing up as Not Achieved (red bar), did not sit their assessment and will have another opportunity during the midyear exam.
The Visible Teaching and Learning (VTaL) tracking below sheet shows a marked improvement in Maori engagement for Linear Algebra, our second standard this year, and completion of set tasks compared to Bivariate Statistics which was done at the start of the year
Day 1 of term 2 was an ideal opportunity to revisit 1104MAT achievement data from term 1. Kamar statistics were projected onto the board for our first 2 achievement standards and learners had to see what part they played in the data. Most realised that term 1 effort was insufficient for success at NCEA L1.
All 23 students who are showing up as Not Achieved (red bar), did not sit their assessment and will have another opportunity during the midyear exam.
Evaluation & Reredesign

Learners took ownership of their learning by
Setting an achievable goal based on outcome
Focus browsing kept learners on task by limiting or eliminating distractions and more evidence of learning was produced; that was evident on the Linear Algebra Class Task sheet which showed that more work was being completed compared to our first standard at the start of the term.

Learning Activity ✔  Activity 1  Activity 2  Activity 3  Activity 4  Activity 5  Activity 6  Activity 7  Activity 8  Activity 9  Activity 10  Activity 11  Activity 12  Activity 13  
Student Number  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E 
1  
2  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  
3  
4  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  
5  1  1  1  1  1  1  
6  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  
7  1  1  1  
8  1  1  1  1  1  1  1 
Tracking sheet for Bivariate Statistics,our first standard for the year
This year the college trialled a Visible Teaching and Learning(VTaL) model where learner progress for a standard was tracked using RED (no evidence), ORANGE (unfinished work) and GREEN (standard met).
Maori learners struggled with the Key Competency "managing self"
Teacher and Learner expectations were readdressed so that there would be an increase in GREEN squares.
Maori learners struggled with the Key Competency "managing self"
Teacher and Learner expectations were readdressed so that there would be an increase in GREEN squares.
Learning Activity ✔  Activity 1  Activity 2  Activity 3  Activity 4  Activity 5  Activity 6  Activity 7  Activity 8  Activity 9  Activity 10  Activity 11  Activity 12  
Number  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E  A  M  E 
1  
2  
3  
4  1  1  1  1  
5  1  1  1  
6  1  1  
7  
8  1  1 
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