Gilberthorpe school

Gilberthorpe school

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Hornby Cluster eLeaders Workshop

Hornby Cluster eLeader Workshop

August 2015

The Hornby Cluster of Schools eLeaders met to share what we have all been doing and look at learning successes within each of our schools.  Literacy was a specific learning area that we looked at.  The day was made up of these three components~

Story Hui

We were introduced to the Story Hui process of sharing.  For this task we used a success story in literacy.  As one person shared verbally, another member of the group drew pictures to visualise the initial evidence, the inquiry and the evidence of progress.  This structure allows group members to ask questions to seek clarification and for the story teller to identify next step ideas.At Gilberthorpe, we will be using the Story Hui process in our next staff meeting to share our Teaching as Inquiry.This is a link to the Story Hui site which has detailed explanations of the benefits of this process and how it is implemented.

 Story Hui

Effective Feedback~

Garry Taylor took us through a session about providing effective feedback and what this could look like.  The main points that I took from this session were:

~Feedback should make students think
~It needs to be descriptive not evaluative
~We need to eliminate judgemental feedback
Feedback should be goal referenced
~The first comment should be in relation to what is being learned
~Feedback needs to be timely
~90% of feedback is oral
~Giving feedback is a skill that needs to be taught
~There needs to be evidence in relation to the goal...what is being done well, needs improving, criteria needs to be used
~Feedback should offer guidance on ways to close the gap. It needs to be specific, actionable and have the scope for being good to being better
~We don't want to give too much feedback...too much is overwhelming so prioritise, 2:1 2 positives & 1 other
~The learner needs time to act on feedback and the opportunity to respond. This should take place during the task, not at end,
~There is a place for evaluative feedback. Descriptive feedback is not appropriate on the final published product. Commenting on blogs etc should not have feedback about punctuation etc as this feedback should take place before public sharing.

~There are opportunities for technology to transform feedback. At Gilberthorpe School we have been exploring these and are looking forward to trying recorded audio and video feedback.

Learning Tools~

In the afternoon we had a session of looking at different tools that we could use in our schools.  One iPad app that we looked at was Aurasma.  This app allows users to create a trigger so that when the iPad hovers over the trigger, a previously created clip appears.We thought that we would try using this during our end of term Celebrations of Learning.  Whanau can wander around learning spaces, hover the iPad over a trigger and their child can pop up in a video and share their learning.  Another way for us to all Learn, Create and Share.Here is some more information about Aurasma:

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou~ Lee-Anne


  1. Some very thought provoking comments here Lee-Anne, it was intriguing using the story Hui structure yesterday. Great to keep everyone involved although my drawing skills and lack of concentration on what Kayla was saying when responsible for the drawing was an issue!
    The feedback comments very very curious, we can't under estimate the effectiveness of this, much meta analysis shows that it can have a huge impact of teaching and learning. The comment about 90% being oral was curious, I wonder if this rings true now that we are in the digital age. I am giving a lot of feedback through google docs as are students, I wonder how this will impact! Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. I really liked this demonstration of the story Hui we had in our staff meeting yesterday. It is such a simple yet effective process. I think this will be great to take back to the classroom.

    Effective feedback is important. I have found using the devices an effective way for children to receive and respond to feedback. So many times children would flick past their comment in their books but now I have the children asking me for more feedback and I am constantly receiving responses from the children. It is also a great skill for children to provide feedback to each other which we are currently working on in the classroom.

  3. I also really enjoyed the story Hui approach to sharing, but unlike Andrew, I felt like I absorbed much more of what was being said while drawing. When writing, my focus was drawn to applying writing skills like spelling and sentence structure. When drawing, I felt more connected to the message. It just goes to highlight our differences as learners. It is so important that we provide multiple ways to demonstrate understanding to support our learner's individual intelligences.