Saturday, 9 April 2016

Are we sharing our learning enough?

This question really challenged my thinking about how I am encouraging the 'share' element of 'learn-create-share' with my learners, in a quantitative sense.

Our learners tend to share at least one digital learning object (DLO) a week each in maths, reading, and writing. While some of our learners achieve this from week to week, in reality, this does not always happen for many of our learners.

Example of one of the learning experiences (learn-create-share) I have planned. Click the example to visit our team site for more examples!

I need to look at why this is. How can we help some of our learners to understand the purpose of 'share'? I have come to understand the importance of encouraging our learners to share anything and everything which they have learned or created at school and beyond.

In discussion with my colleagues, I have reflected on sharing in the classroom and have come to realise that three blog posts a week (if we are lucky) is not enough sharing for our learners. Our tamariki should be learning something new every day. Anything they learn is worthy of being shared. So how do we manage our time so learners can share their learning within the school day but not rush their learning? Do we want high quality or high quantity? What is more important? Is it possible to have both? Is it better to have learners share one piece of learning a day (which may not include such a deep level of thinking) or three pieces of learning a week (which may be of higher quality and with a deeper level of thinking)?

These are all questions I hope to develop an understanding to and confidence in, through continuing to reflect on my practice.


  1. I love your questions you pose and am guided by you people at the coal face for the answer! I do know that we have had years of including reading blogs and posting comments as part of Reading activities in our cluster, with great success, and I wonder if your learners are doing this? This ocal audience can be the most powerful for younger learners. Andrea Tele'a is expert at this so I recommend finding a few minutes with her some time to ask her how she does it.

  2. Hannah you are so reflective in all you do and your learners are at the heart of your reflections. Your continual questioning of your practice and sharing these in the community, means you will be influencing other teachers who have the same concerns as you to add their ideas to your narrative. I am wondering if there is some way you can create a "One thing I learned today" to get the ball rolling and see what the learners write. It may also include key competencies or something unrelated to the topic but will have meaning for the learner. Once it becomes a habit then you can focus more. It always surprises me what we don't know about how learners think. Keep up the great work you are doing.