Collaborative PLD facilitation across Mathematics and LwDT: Kathe Tawhiwhirangi and Rachael Cobham
Glenview Primary school in Porirua East, Wellington, has been involved in both Maths and Learning with Digital Technologies (LwDT) PLD with Te Toi Tupu. Facilitators Kathe Tawhiwhirangi (LwDT) and Rachael Cobham (Maths) connected early in the year when they realised that they would be working in the same school.
From the outset, they discussed how they could best meet the needs of the school by working in a collaborative team/partnership manner. Possibilities for working towards a united, blended PLD approach were:
- sharing scoping information
- shared understandings of both project methodologies
- Ako - reciprocal learning of each other’s projects
- sharing of PLD documentation
- being critically reflective ‘buddies’ during delivery and observational sessions
- mutually engaging in each of the PLD projects
- being supportive throughout this dual project implementation
They have made use of Google Docs across both projects, with gains in time efficiency and ensuring everyone has a voice.
They have shared inquiries with a maths focus, and explored digital technologies as the medium (platform and practice), in order to support teachers in a seamless and time efficient way. They have also looked at how to link the Registered Teachers Criteria to this work
Discussions have also taken place regarding audio/video capture of learning conversations while they are happening between the teachers and their students. The media clips can then be used as a focus for critical reflection.
Maths - teachers have been supported in developing their understanding of GLOSS and JAM (assessment tools). The Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics booklet was a shared professional reading for all staff. A Google Doc was set up inviting all staff to summarize their section from the book into this space for shared learning.
LwDT - the aim is to continue to grow the schools e-Capability, with the focus on developing:
- independent users of the technologies (both staff and students)
- practitioners who are confident with digital tools and related pedagogies
- embedded practice in the classroom where students are displaying 21st C dispositions to learning that enhance their learning outcomes