Despite my initial reservations I am quite enjoying the role of Ako (Form) teacher to Year 9 students. They have so much energy and imagination (where does their imagination go?).
I was particularly impressed by various interpretations of the book “The Arrival”, essentially a graphic novel. A few students are grappling with Maths, I suggested YouTube resources can help improve understanding – and having an alternative explanation of concepts can be helpful.
Several students wish to improve on spelling, reading and comprehension. No short cuts really…. the best way to improve is practice. Some students have been using their devices to read books. This is a useful strategy – the definition of words can quickly be looked up, and there are some books that allow the student to read a story at the same time as the story is being read to them.
It’s was also great to see the confidence students have in using their devices (BYOD). They quickly navigated material online and were able to show parents what they had been doing in a range of subjects.