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Unlocking a teenage brain

In a quest to better understand our students, we have embarked on a teaching as enquiry which focuses closely on Ako, or the common language of learning. In the last few weeks I have consciously used the terms gathering, processing and applying and attached them to the activities. For the processing of essays I had a good look at their plans. An interesting observation is the difference between the boy groups and girl groups. The boys tended to have little detail but always had some doodles.  When I spoke to the groups they could tell me what their essay plans were.


Girls tended to have far more detail and no doodles.  So have I unlocked the teenage brain? No, but it was interesting to watch the way they processed the information.


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Thinking about Ako

My year 11s are working towards their first text essay of the year. I am aware of the need to make Ako more overt. To this end I have added animations to the words gathering, processing and applying. (They have not translated into this embedded presentation, but the Keynote that the students get have fireworks animating the Ako words) This should get them thinking about the thought process. It also serves as a reminder for me to discuss the common language of learning.