What teachers are saying

30July 2016
I am DELIGHTED to share (with her permission) some feedback from Nicola Clissold who is a Teacher in Room 3 at Owhiro Bay School, Wellington.
Thanks Nicola for taking the time to reflect and think forward … all of this helps us at #NZreadaloud make the experience better for all of us:)
This was my first time participating and  I’m off to find the books for the next one! I really appreciated the opportunity to be involved and the concept of collaborating as readers.
Aside from the teething issues – first times at learning – once we got logged into Edmodo – found how to upload etc this was a great platform with potential.
I have a year 3 – 6 class so really wanted a way to extend my 6 year 5/6 students. Had great feedback from parents who said their son had never wanted to read in the past. I think the collaboration worked well for them together doing the tasks as a small group but also the motivation that others would see their work as well – it made them raise the bar. It was easier for me to manage a multi-level class when they contributed as one or two teams and that way we mostly kept up with the set tasks.
This time I just tried to follow the lead from others  but have reflected on what might work differently. I hope you’re ok with me verbalising these ideas.
In order to promote further collaboration rather than me setting a ‘task’ (as it appeared many schools didn’t get to the tasks) would it be possible to encourage student discussion directly through Edamodo so that students discuss their thinking/predicting? My group had some heated debates about Duggan’s character and I thought it would have been interesting to widen that debate. Maybe this has been attempted with management issues?
I wondered why many of the schools didn’t contribute to tasks? – were the tasks too dense?
My students appreciated the feedback you gave (Jemma) – I tried to do this with the few that attempted the task I set.
My students wanted to know more about the other chdn – being at a small school they were trying to locate the schools but I think your school was tagged to each of the groups?? Is there an opportunity for a link to a class photo (privacy??) or school location or profile in the intro task?
Thank you so much for your work – teaching is busy enough and you are widening your support – much appreciated.”

May 2016

With permission from Christine Murphy, Diana Nelis-Smith, Margaret Lipscombe and Aaron Nixon from Christchurch South Intermediate I am sharing this wonderful document they have put together as part of their involvement in the ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Global Project’ headed up by Michael Fullan. Some fantastic evidence of  the depth of thinking which is possible through #NZreadaloud.

Thanks Christine and your colleagues for sharing this with us all.

8th September 2015

With Crystal’s permission, I am sharing some thoughts on her participation in #NZreadaloud3 this Term.

“The main positive outcome has been the buy in from my reluctant readers or hard to keep on task kids.  They were completely engaged with the Edmodo forum (perhaps partly because this was a new platform for us) and loved the personal choice in the tasks.  They loved getting the go ahead from me to put up completed tasks and then would eagerly await response from other children or teachers.  Badges were a real highlight.

The book was a great choice and engaged the whole class throughout.  We were often reading into breaks.  For the final chapter they asked to get their lunches and come back in to hear the end (which we were desperately trying to finish before the twitter chat). Although they love being read to, they haven’t done this before!
The format allowed for an in-depth study of the book and themes.  I really don’t think I have managed this as well all year!
I asked my children to write the last two chapters of the book before we read them.  They really took into account what they knew about the details of the characters, setting and plot lines.  The majority of the class, reluctant writers included, were able to write feasible, thoughtful endings.  I had warned the class that I felt quite unsatisfied at the end, so some wrote their chapters accordingly.
I initially found it difficult to not be able to plan ahead, however I did find that each task brought up it’s own teaching points.  I could often group children together on this basis. The in-the-moment teaching was far more authentic and had more impact on their reading and writing skills.
I wish I had gotten on board with the twitter chats earlier in the term.  I left it at the beginning, as we were all new to Edmodo.  A small group joined in with one of Kaehlah’s chats but then the weeks got away and we only ended up in that final chat.  The kids were so excited about the direct contact with Ella.  I think this is such an important part of what makes Read Aloud so successful.  I often told the kids about discussions she had with us on facebook.  Her little insights were received by the kids as if they knew her personally and totally understood where she was coming from!
The children responded positively to our Viola Demonstration.  What a perfect way to integrate authentic learning!  We had had a visitor in the previous week (one of our Mum’s) to discuss career options in engineering.  They automatically linked Gretchen’s visit to a career option too as she talked about the jobs she has had in various orchestras.
As a musician, I loved the music links and was able to be passionate about presenting the pieces.  It is really hard to find an authentic reason to expose them to the history of music and it’s importance today.  Hearing it live was a real bonus!
I feel that you have made the process so easy for those of us new to Read Aloud.  My team leader was always quick to respond and I picked up other ideas from the facebook site (eg your videos).  I know we had a no show in our group, which was disappointing.  I really don’t think you can make it any easier for new teachers, so perhaps the ones who didn’t participate really didn’t get the level of participation needed.  If you are not all in, I am quite sure it would not be a success.
On a final note, I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work!  It has been a fabulous experience and I look forward to the next one!  The kids are already asking what the next book is!”
Crystal Hewitt
Teacher, St. Patricks, Napier.

4th September

These tweets came through this morning from @beebryhte and @MrsThorogood:

31st August

#NZReadaloud has been a huge success in my class this year. The reluctant readers in my class are involved and wanting to read ahead. I’ve caught them a few times with the novel trying to have a sneaky read – quite an achievement for boys who wouldn’t normally pick up a novel by choice.
My class & I have loved the books with both #NZReadaloud 2&3 – both have been books I wouldn’t have read myself. My class loves hearing about places they have been too, and they have enjoyed sharing ideas with other students and  new teachers.   The biggest part of #NZReadaloud is the connections. You have to be willing to collaborate and connect with other classes. If you don’t have the time or are scared to participate then it won’t work for you.
The biggest commitment we ask is making the time – reply to emails, and set tasks for your group, reply to students comments.  It is not an add on, but is your reading program. I have learnt new reading response activities & new websites to use to encourage collaboration. I recommend this for ALL teachers & I can’t wait to find out what the next book is going to be!
Rachael Moran
Bohally Intermediate School,
Blenheim

23rd August

“My kids have found a voice through collaboration – my quietest girl raised her hand the other day to answer a question (she usually only whispers) I was so happy – she keeps telling me through #nzreadaloud she can have her voice and ideas heard – powerful!”

“I would’ve really struggled to connect with her this year without technology and collaborative learning. My kids love going off on ‘research tangents’ from their interests in a book – not forced – some have looked into hunting possums, others moreporks and some animal cruelty on farms.”

Stacey Carter

Heretaunga Intermediate School, Hastings.

14th August

“They are loving it – i have a reasonably biggish group of boys who are reluctant writers and with the tasks and discussion – they are producing work that i have not yet seen.  The kids ask when can we read more – the hard part is keeping up with kids that are away – the book is out permanently getting caught up on!

Loving it and it is a fantastic book!”

Louise Gray – Taradale Intermediate

14th August

19th July 2015

Had the pleasure of tuning into @pernilleripp at the #ILA15 conference today (via a #Periscope link) where she was sharing her journey of the Global Read Aloud. How exciting when she mentioned us –  #NZreadaloud.

18th July 2015

WOW… what a step out of my comfort zone today when I participated in #TeachMeetNZ and shared LIVE via Hangout my journey with #NZreadaloud. It felt REALLY good to have the opportunity to share this passion of mine and the way it has impacted on the teachers who have participated and the students in our classrooms.

Thank you to Sonya Vanschaijik for connecting with me and offering the opportunity.

I would also like to say how enjoyable it was to listen to other passionate educators sharing their REAL world topics – truly PD for teachers by teachers!

Here is my #TeachMeetNZ video explaining #NZreadaloud in 4 minutes!

2nd July 2015

Thought I would add a page to the blog where I can include thoughts, ideas, and comments from others when talking ‘read aloud’.

Having just started reading this book…

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came to page 23 and Doug shares his views on ‘reading aloud’ – it resonated with me as this is how hope it is being done in all classrooms!

theweirdteacher

Here is a link to a post which includes ‘read alouds’, author connections and Twitter hashtags as a way of sharing books.

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