Know thy impact

Time to reflect.

We have just finished #NZreadaloud7. Another wonderful book in our Year 7 / 8 category. Another wonderful six weeks of connecting, discussing, sketchnoting, inquiring and most of all changing the reading attitudes of many learners.

This example of a #booksnap is an example of something we did after the book had finished. Share your favourite language feature, a ONE word summary, and something you learnt from the book. Use Bitmojis to help with your visual.

#NZreadaloud has become a HUGE part of what I do in my classroom. My literacy programme is centered around it. I learnt early on that I couldn’t do #NZreadaloud justice if I didn’t take something else out. We can not keep adding things and not be expected that something else goes.

This reflection comes after feedback given to me from many of my team leaders. Teachers who sign up to #NZreadaloud must be familiar with the kaupapa behind its beginnings. To understand the WHY is essential – just like understanding why we are changing our pedagogy.

Understanding why #NZreadaloud was started will provide teachers with the necessary background to then move forward and learn about HOW we implement this read aloud into our programmes. Not saying you have to ‘do it just like us’ but the blog posts shared below show some of the immense learning which can come from infusing #NZreadaloud into other aspects of our programme.

I have written before about ‘It’s not just about reading aloud’. It is much more than that. This post was written after the very first #NZreadaloud I did back in 2015. Right from this very first experiment I knew this change was going to be worth it.

#NZreadaloud4JWM  saw kids learning to juggle, finding out about rock climbing, seeing how a Growth Mindset is valuable in contexts outside the classroom.

#NZreadaloud5PoT was highlighted by a visit from Des Hunt where he shared his passion for writing and infused this with his passion for science – BRILLIANT. A writing workshop saw the kids learning to write a backstory for a character.

#NZreadaloud6TGoT   was another awesome book with participation from another amazing New Zealand author. Sue Copsey joined the kids on Twitter and regularly responded to questions and contributed to discussion.

And all this is only Year 7 / 8 section.

The purpose for this post is to ask that teachers who are considering participating in #NZreadaloud read the backstory, read the purpose, read the #eduvoice and #stuvoice, and everything else on this blog BEFORE registering. The team have put together this blog with the vision of it being ‘a one-stop shop’.

This post has come about because of the feedback we received about ‘no shows’. We had many team leaders this time around who had team members who simply did not respond to emails, did not sign up to Edmodo (or if they did never participated in there), and to be blunt ruined the ‘connected literacy’ experience for others in their team.

#NZreadaloud is about CONNECTING. It requires COLLABORATION. It requires a commitment which can only happen if teachers understand the kaupapa. You can not add #NZreadaloud into your programme as a ‘traditional’ read aloud as it requires more time than this. Done with the vision in mind, #NZreadaloud has potential to infuse into your WHOLE programme – I have seen the power of this integrated learning throughout the seven ‘read-alouds’ I have now done. My learners are empowered as they decide the questions to ask and discuss, they decide what topics of interest they can follow up on, they decide which new words they want to pursue. #NZreadaloud provides choice.

#NZreadaloud is about empowerment not compliance. 

#NZreadaloud is not an initiative where you are provided with tasks and questions, it is not an initiative where you join and leave it up to your leader to do all the collaborating, it is not an initiative that you should consider if you are not prepared to ‘change the way you have always done something’.

#NZreadaloud has become a powerful way to engage learners in literacy and then infuse all the book offers into your programme. The kids can drive this. You need to listen to their korero and jump on any little comment made which can turn into an opportunity for them to inquire.

Please think carefully about your decision to participate.

Know thy impact.



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About Kerri

I am an Intermediate School teacher. I graduated with my Post Graduate Diploma in Education with a Teaching and Learning Endorsement (Distinction) in 2016. During 2017 I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice: Digital and Collaborative Learning through Mindlab. Having been inspired by many educators whose blogs I have come across on my professional learning journey, I started this blog as a way for me to keep track of things I am learning and reflecting on in my practice.

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