Friday, 29 January 2016

Reimagining Co-Teaching Through the Innovative Use of Online Spaces

Having the privilege of being chosen to be part of the 2016 group of innovative teachers, I have been beginning to break down my proposal into achievable parts. Below is a kind of "stream-of-consciousness" as I begin the process of working through the practical side of this proposal!

1. Examining the Key Vocabulary in Title
Reimagining Co-Teaching Through the Innovative Use of Online Spaces
Accelerating Learning for Priority Learners

Key Vocabulary:
* Co-teaching
'Co-Teaching is defined as two teachers (teacher candidate and cooperating teacher) working together with groups of students; sharing the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space.' (Bacharach, Heck & Dank, 2004)

* Re-imaging
A mental representation; idea; conception.
To make an image of; portray in sculpture, painting, etc. (Link to Dictionary)

* Online Spaces
Online spaces vs Offline Spaces.
Online Spaces - information remains and space is active even if device is off, information can be searched and located and copied, and they can be considered as real social environments. (Link to Esther MacCallum-Stewart)

2. Breaking down the Proposal (Taken from Manaiakalani Website)
'To accelerate the writing achievement of our priority learners we know that a more personalised approach to teaching and learning is essential. In my wider support role within the school I work closely with classroom teachers to design appropriate tasks and experiences that engage and provide the students with personalised support and timely feedback / feedforward.'

  • Focus of the proposal is to accelerate learning while working with teachers 
  • Design appropriate task and experiences that engage the learners 
'Working collaboratively requires the development of an Ako relationship with both the students and the teachers involved.'
  • Relationships with teachers and students is important, and needs to be developed 
'Technology enables effective co-teaching in this context where I am not sharing a physical space. I plan to explore how we can strengthen the co-teaching approach through the use of appropriate online spaces to create engaging and effective learning environments.'
  • Co-teaching relationship being the key - not face-to-face interaction 
  • Engaging and effective learning environments (online space environments) 
'My target group will be Maori boys whose learning and achievement needs acceleration to attain expected standards.'
  • All children in the year 7/8 level will be tested, however the proposal's success will be judged on the level or lack of progress from this core group.

Washut Heck, T. & Bacharach, N. (2010). Mentoring Teacher Candidates Through Co-Teaching. Teacher Quality Enhancement Center. St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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