Teach Better Now – Assessment 3 of the NZCALNE (Voc)


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Teach Better Now – Assessment 1 of the NZCALNE (Voc)


TEACH: Planning your resources


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By now you should have a clear idea of the kinds of resources you need to support your activities. If you know what you’re doing, then make sure that you’ve downloaded Assessment template 6. Please do add a few brief notes there about what you’re planning.

If you’re unsure about what resources you need or you just want to take some notes, you can download the worksheet below. This is not assessed, but you can use it to record what you’re thinking.

Alternatively, discuss the prompts from the worksheet with a colleague or coworker. Sometimes thinking works better when you’re writing or talking.

Literacy

  • I could design a set of cards for matching up words and definitions that relates to…
  • I could extend this with a resource for…
  • One of the texts my learners struggle to read and understand is…
  • I could create a set of comprehension questions for…
  • What If I made a game that…
  • Another idea could be…

Numeracy

  • I could use the Place Value charts with my learners to…
  • I could follow up this work with..
  • I could use the Hundreds Grids to…
  • And I could follow that up with…
  • What if I made a game for…
  • Another idea I’ve been thinking about is…

TEACH: Numeracy resources – Hundreds grid


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This is a blank Hundreds Grid. Again, it’s a resource that would lend itself to a wide range of numeracy activities.

Here are some ideas for activities using the Hundreds Grid. You could use it for:

  • Developing a visual understanding of basic fractions including half, quarters and three-quarters.
  • Developing an understanding of the link from basic fractions to more complex fractions and percentages.
  • Developing an understanding of decimal numbers and how they relate to percentages and fractions.

How else could you use or build from this resource?

TEACH: Numeracy resources – Place Value Chart


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This is a blank place value chart that you can print and use for a wide range of different activities. We think that you should really have a giant one of these across the top of your whiteboard. But this is a handy size that you can print and use with learners anywhere and anytime.

Here are some ideas of activities developing or practising place value. Use the place value chart for:

  • Showing how the place of the number determines its value.
  • Any calculations, but especially involving big numbers or really small numbers including decimals.
  • Showing how numbers shift left or right depending on whether they are multiplied or divided by 10, 100, 1000
  • Doing conversions within a system, such as from millimetres to metres for metric measurement.

You can refer back to the example we used earlier for planning a numeracy activity. This used a place value chart. Also, you can refer to any of the place value activities in the Learning Progressions. This resource would work with any and all of them.

How else could you use or build from this resource?

TEACH: Literacy Resources – Types of questions you can ask for reading comprehension activities


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This is a set of different kinds of questions for creating reading comprehension activities. You can use this as your own resource for developing different kinds of questions for any text that your learners need to read and understand.

Here are some ideas for different reading comprehension activities that you could develop depending on your learning outcome.

Use the list of question types to help you write reading comprehension questions that ask your learners to:

  • Identify something. E.g. “What year was the company started?”, “Which person has only one item of the list?”.
  • Fill in a gap or complete a sentence. E.g. ““New graduates must…”, “The aim of the study was too…”, “The purpose of this notice is to…”
  • Choose from multiple choice answers. E.g. Choose from one of four possible answers.
  • Choose from a forced choice. E.g. Choose whether something is true or false, correct or incorrect, or answer yes or no.
  • Underline or circle something in the text they are reading.

And then if you want to use the same list of question types to push yourself and your learners, you’ll need to distinguish between the following kinds of questions:

  • Inferencing required to answer. This means “reading between the lines” a little.
  • The answer stated explicitly. No inferencing required.

Inferencing is what you do when you can’t get the answer directly from the text. You have to “read between the lines” to get the answer or draw your conclusion. In other words, you have to infer an answer when understanding something that is not stated explicitly in the text.

Learners who can answer inferencing questions are usually at or above step 5 in the Learning Progressions for comprehension and reading critically. This is also often the way to tell who is a good reader and who is not.

When you’re designing a sequence of activities, you can consider how you want to make them easier or harder by using (or not using) inferencing questions.

How else could you use or build from this resource?