Tuesday, 18 June 2019

LCS | Staff Meeting 19 June

Kia ora everybody.

On 19 June our two e-Learning Coordinators Whaea Rowena Clemence and Miss Katie Tozer presented to our staff team about what Learn, Create, Share can look like in our classroom lessons. They provided us with some guidelines and reminded us about the infamous 'bus' we are on moving forward with our school's direction and Manaiakalani pedagogy. For example; we use Google Sites within our daily routines, we support students to complete at least 3 blog posts per week across their subjects and we leave comments on student blogs modelling "positive, thoughtful and helpful' criteria.

The session was run similarly to what we might do within our class; sharing the topic, engaging prior knowledge, short discussions, researching on our devices and working collaboratively with a partner to share our ideas and create a DLO. We also had the chance at the end to share feedback and what points we have taken away from the lesson (session). Overall, I felt that the session was a great learning opportunity, and I enjoyed the opportunity to be a 'student' in a LCS setting so I could get some perspective on how my students may feel during my lessons!

Our overarching topic was "Blackbirding" and the Pacific Slave Trade, which, by a show of hands, was not a topic that many staff members had much knowledge about, yet has a huge place and effect in the history in Aotearoa New Zealand. I was reminded of a time when I was in my first year at uni in Canada and we were discussing the underground railroad, which was used for African American slaves to escape to freedom from the oppressive United States. However, the plot twist at the end of the lesson was that in fact, the primary sources we were looking at were from Canadian Black perspective and those in slavery were in my home country. As a class, were shocked as we had thought this brutal time in history was solely an "American problem." It really changed my perspective on Canada and our history as a whole. This was the link to my prior knowledge.

We were to identify some possible resources we would use as credible sources to teach this topic to our students and create a fictional DLO that reflects what students could potentially learn. My interpretation of this instruction was to create a mock up DLO of what I would expect a student to produce, but it seemed that was not how most interpreted the instruction when we did our staff sharing. My partner Mr Nick Williams and I split up the work; he was to find academic sources on this topic (his strength as he has a better understanding of credible New Zealand sources than I), and I did the creative part by beginning the DLO. I chose to use Google Drawing to share our learning. We then collaborated and came up with some key questions that students might be able to do an inquiry about regarding the Pacific Slave Trade and Blackbirding.

I have attached our Google Drawing poster below as evidence of our work.

During our reflection time, Nick and I agreed on the following steps as to how we would provide accountability to our students completing this work. 

1) Put a timer on for students to complete the task within a set time frame, this allows focused work. We would roam, provide support or answer questions while also providing stamps on CARR cards for positive work habits. 

2) When the time was up, we would get students' attention or bring to a mat space (Year 7/8) and provide time for all students to share their partner work or DLOs to their blogs. We could monitor device use on Hapara. 

3) Students could show us their published blog once it is finished or on their way out to their next period. This could also be monitored on Hapara, or students filling out a shared doc with their blog links - this allows for easy access for peer comments/feedback next lesson. 

4) Teacher would comment on blogs before next session to provide feedback and take a more in depth look at the work which was completed for assessment purposes. 

Overall, I thought this was a great session led by our e-Learning Coordinators that gave specific and explicit examples of what Learn, Create, Share could look like within our classrooms, regardless of the subject area. Thank you Rowena and Katie for a valuable session!


  1. ahhhhh Chelsea! You have just me me feel like we are superstars because you have summed it all up so well! And you definitely got what we were on about.

    Isn't it funny how historically we can look and blame other cultures and nations for their misdeeds fairly freely but we fail to know our own? I think about how Japanese history texts have rumoured to have left out how they lost the war... I might be completely wrong about that, but I bet I wouldn't be the only person to hold that belief and not feel the need to research it more carefully (I might now so I'm not ignorantly spouting rubbish). I love that your teacher had a twist on the journey of learning for you, how cool was that teacher?!?

    The careful structure of your DLO is a really good exemplar, even if you do feel like you misinterpreted the instructions, of clearly setting out research expectations and probably something I could learn from as a practitioner as I can be a bit 'free range' with these things. Art teaching is highly 'exemplar' reliant. We often make something to show the process and then back-step it to help us plan. I also appreciate your understanding that we were asking you to consider how you set boundaries around the learning; google can be a rabbit hole of endless inquiry without an outcome otherwise with millions of results for even quite random, unusual searches. Absolutely necessary for pre-teens and teens to have these boundaries.

    What did you take from the Lera Boroditsky TED talk? I love her so much I want everyone to watch the whole thing, but was mindful of watching if people were sneaking onto email and facebook so didn't play it all!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reflect thoughtfully.

    1. Kia ora Rowena, thank you for the kind words and feedback on my blog post! I really enjoyed the snipet of the TED talk you shared and will need to watch the rest on my own time. It was a bit tricky to hear from where I was, but I think her message of different cultural experiences impacting how we may interact with language or information should be at the forefront of our minds as educators. This also ties into cultural protocols and practices. I think back to the amount of times we sat on table tops back in school in Canada, this was how we played silent ball, where as here that would be seen as culturally insensitive and tapu. I enjoy being able to learn through my journey as an educator and bring in my own prior experiences from a different culture as well!

  2. Chelsea

    I feel compelled to comment, such is the power of your personal learning that is described so well in your post. I had to leave early to attend an Uru Mānuka Education Trust meeting, and was disappointed as I was looking forward to seeing LCS unpacked. It is an essential part of our journey that we all work progressively towards a shared understanding of what it might look like.

    I found your post uplifting.. thanks. It definitely shows LCS in your own thinking/learning too.


    1. Hi Robin

      Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! I appreciate your support and kind words as I was a bit nervous to share my professional learning on my 'classroom' blog. However, I think we need to practice what we preach and model to our learners all parts of LCS, including sharing our own thoughts and ideas!


  3. Kia ora Chelsea, thank you for sharing your thougths around LCS. I found your blog compelling and will be sharing with my colleagues over the fence at Hornby Primary. Keep up the great work!

    1. Kia ora Gary!

      Thank you so much for commenting on my blog post. It is a great feeling to know you have been 'heard' and I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment.


  4. Kia ora Chelsea,

    Thank you for taking the time to reflect so thoughtfully on the LCS staff meeting. I enjoyed reading about the connections that you made to your prior knowledge and personal experiences. It is evident that you have an excellent understanding of the Learn, Create, Share pedagogy and what it means to be 'On the bus.' Your reflections on the Padlet were very insightful. I totally agree with you that we need to be very careful how we deliver information and instructions, depending on our learners' own personal experiences and needs. In your Padlet reflection you make mention of integrating different subject areas for higher engagement and to provide rich learning experiences for our rangatahi - this is something we have been achieving with the introduction of hurumanu. I like how you have given an example of how you might weave different cultural experiences and values into your everyday teaching.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your reflection Chelsea. Thank you for the positive feedback.

    Ngā mihi,


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