Gilberthorpe school

Gilberthorpe school

Monday, 12 October 2015

Maximising Potential Course

Maximising Potential in Maori Learners Workshop

Presented by Ralph Pirozzo

from Promoting Learning International

In term three I attended a workshop which looked at Maximising Potential in Maori Learners.  What I found, was that the strategies and the ideas shared, are actually relevant and effective for all learners. 

Some of the main ideas are not new but the way of using these is new to me.  It was good to have a reminder about some things that I have not really used in recent times.

The workshop was around Bloom's Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligences and a planning matrix that considers preferred ways of learning and incorporates the different levels of thinking.  It combines the two to ensure learners are able to develop deeper level thinking while learning in ways that comes naturally to them while also presenting some challenge.

The way that I intend to use this learning, is to establish the top three learning preferences of learners and plan units using the matrix to ensure learning experiences are varied and are deliberate in allowing learners of all styles to be exposed to a range of opportunities in which their preferred styles can shine.
These are my notes that I took throughout this extremely refreshing and interesting day.

Lee-Anne Waho October 2015


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  2. Thank you Lee-Anne for sharing. The content sounds really interesting and there are lots of useful resources there too. Quite a few of the thinking models I had not seen previously. It is so important that we cater to individual learning styles and give all children the opportunity to demonstrate understanding in a way that suits them. After visiting Waimaire School I also recognise the value in children have a metacognitive framework to guide their thinking. As was mentioned in our meeting today there are several options there: Bloom's, Solo DeBono's Thinking Hats. Then we can better guide our learners to accessing higher order thinking skills and extend their capabilities as thinkers.

  3. Thanks for the info Lee-Anne, I love how you presented the info, makes it easy to get a quick understanding of the thinking tools. These are important documents and will help us be aware of ways to really extend students and encourage higher order thinking. As Jenny mentions, there are a few different frameworks, while we may not have the time to comprehensively study one of them at the moment, having this info will help us with when we are planning.