Week 6 Term 3
Monday/Tuesday
Two days in Christchurch with the other e fellows. A chance to share with each other an Aha moment in our project. I shared how for one child there was a mismatch between his oral language planner and his written work. His oral planner was so detailed and yet his written work didn't reflect the depth of vocabulary choices made in his oral planner.

The interestingly thing that occurred over a four week period was...
- his oral texts continued to be as detailed.
- one of his oral language planner was used as a sample to reflect on with the class
- he began to listen to his recording of his oral text using the oral language planner before
he wrote on the second day.
- his written work began to match his oral planner.

The key I feel was that listening to the oral language planner as a teacher I was aware that Brodie could construct an interesting narrative and that this recording could be used as a tool to assist him to improve his written work. Listening to it before he wrote prompted him of his interesting story line and vocabulary choices.

Last weeks narrative
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We also had some interesting discussion about literacy for the 21st century learner. As teachers its important to discuss this - as the way we view literacy will ultimately affect the way we teach it.
First narrative

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Second Narrative

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Wednesday
An efellowship day
A chance to work on getting some of the narratives up online. These are their first narratives placed on line - they vary considerably in terms of
story content
quality of visual images to support their written work as well as
the reading of their stories. Some children understand how to use expression effectively to capture an audience while others know how visual images can add value to their stories.
It will be interesting to see how this develops over time.

Thursday
Back into the classroom and back to working with the children without having a student teacher in the room.
Last week we wrote information reports about swing bridges and today I showed them how to import an image into KidPix and label it, then export it to the desktop. This will become their diagram for their information report.

an image of one of the diagrams will be posted here shortly

I had some CRT today and undertook some running records. The children have become so much more skilled in retelling stories and I wonder if it might have something to do with the use of the planners and the children becoming a lot more aware of how text is constructed.
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Friday
The children continued to draw diagrams on KidPix and again we undertook the usual Friday recording. The children are so good at being quiet while we record.

As the week draws to a close – I ponder and acknowledge the following
• As a teacher it is important that we explore what being literate in the 21st century looks like - As ultimately the way we view literacy will impact on the way we teach it.
• Recording the oral language planners can provide important information for us as teachers.
• Some children understand how to use expression effectively to capture an audience while others know how visual images can add value to their stories.
• Next week the children will begin to draw images to go with their second round of narratives- I'm hoping they will move through this process a lot more quickly than last time!