Manaiakalani Secondary Connect
MIT Scholars 2022
At our last Secondary Connect for 2022, we had two exceptional presenters Pip Gorrie-Lawn from Coastal Taranaki School and Anusha Soupen of Papakura High School. Both were Manaiakalani Innovative Teachers in 2022, who worked tirelessly throughout the year on their design inquiry research.
To learn more about their inquiry, see the slide deck, video recordings and blog links below.
Skim, scan, read and question
Coastal Taranaki School: Year 9/10 English Curriculum
Pip's inquiry focus included how to support disengaged readers in her year 9 and 10 classes. She had observed students struggling to answer questions from text they had never seen before. Her key priority then was how to support her learners and motivate them to persevere with challenging text.
In this presentation, Pip explains how to use Skim, Scan, Read and Question in combination with a highlight tool addon to supports students' comprehension with unseen text.
If you use Pip's tool, please email her and let her know how you found it or if you have any other suggestions for further development.
MORE classroom examples here: Pip Gorrie-Lawn’s Professional Blog
Choices, Chances, Changes
Anusha Nirene Soupen
Papakura High School:
Head of Faculty : Mathematics Statistics & Commerce
Anusha's presentation focused on how using student-selected themes from contemporary topics like the black lives matters movement and the Dawn Raids aided students' interest and motivation to learn.. Her pedagogical influences included the SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model, (developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura) which she applied in combination with a website to support her senior statistics classes. Results from her findings were promising and showed this approach improved the achievement in the Probability assessment for her Y13 students. You can read more her inquiry on her professional blog