Kia ora and welcome to my Google Class OnAir site.

I teach science and biology at Tamaki College, in Auckland, New Zealand.  My learners are aged 13 to 18, and Tamaki College is a digital learning environment where students use their own Chromebook as their basic learning tool.

The class that I began filming with was a small Year 13 class of only nine learners, all of whom took Year 12 Biology in 2015. They are hard working, friendly and very fun to teach! They ask a lot of questions and want to succeed.  They are a diverse mix of Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Islanders, with different learning needs and styles. Many of them are aware of how they prefer to learn.
In Term 4 I filmed with a much larger class of 28 Year 9  students, many of whom arrived at the start of this year from Manaiakalani Primary Schools in our cluster. The classroom dynamics, learning, and my own teaching practice varies greatly between the two year levels and it has been incredibly interesting and rewarding to observe this during editing, and reflect on it for this Class OnAir project. 

I hope this window into my classroom acts as a useful resource for anyone beginning their digital 1:1 teaching journey.


 Final Lesson & Reflection: Digital Learning Objects and Reflection on 2016.
 This is the final lesson filmed from 2016, where Year 9 students are completing their DLO's from the Cells Unit before embarking on the beginning of their Reintroducing Species (Ecosystems) Unit. The final video is my reflection from my year with the Year 13's, trying to improve their University Entrance using visible teaching and learning. I have focussed on Year 13 during  Class OnAir, and encourage you to start from Lesson One if you are visiting for the first time.
  
https://sites.google.com/a/tamaki.ac.nz/wellsonair/lesson-19
 
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  Lesson Nineteen
Cells Digital Creations and Food Web Puzzles

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  Reflection on 2016 with Y13
Reflection on how Visible Teaching and Learning has impacted Y13

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 Lessons Term 4: Exam Study & A Wonderful World
 The first lesson is in preparation for sitting an end-of-year junior science exam on the Light and Sound unit we have just concluded. The final four lessons are sharing the "wide and deep" learning approach I am trialling this year with the top-streamed Year 9 class during the Wonderful World unit. This is unfamiliar territory for me and focusses on a multimodal text approach with small-group and class discussions, exploring deeper into fewer learning outcomes.  
Lesson 15
 
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  Lesson Fifteen 
Focus: Exam Revision for the Light and Sound Exam.

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  Lessons Sixteen
Focus: Intro to Wide and Deep Learning about Cells

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   Lesson Seventeen
Focus: Reciprocal Reading


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    Lesson Eighteen
Focus: Debating 4 Post-Its & Summarizing Texts on Cells

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 Lessons Term 3: Socio-scientific Issues & Back to the Exam..
 The first two lessons are in preparation for writing an NCEA internal; AS 91602. This standard requires students to be able to integrate biological knowledge to develop a comprehensive informed response to a socio-scientific issue; in class we will be introduced to our assessment topic of 'Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis,' before going on to collaboratively think and practice sections of the assessment using the topic 'Euthanasia in NZ.'
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  Lesson Eight 
Focus: Positive and Negative Viewpoints for an Internal

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  Lessons Nine - Twelve
Focus: Four lessons showing learning progression of biorhythms

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   Lesson Thirteen
Actograms: Taught by our student teacher Matthew

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    Lesson Fourteen
Digital learning with Y13 and Y9: Atoms and Elements

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 Lessons Term 2: Plant and Animal Responses
 This is an NCEA external; AS 91603. This standard requires students to be able to share their understanding in an exam at the end of the year. Students  should be able to describe and discuss numerous responses that plants and animals have to their environment, and how this links to their survival and  reproduction.
 
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   Lesson Four
Focus: Revision and Nastic Responses

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   Lesson Five
Focus: Navigation for Migration and Homing

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   Lesson Six
Focus: Dominance Hierarchies, Territories and Home Ranges

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 Lesson Seven
Focus: Practice Answering
Past Exam Auestions

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 Lessons Term 1: Plant and Animal Responses
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     Lesson One
Focus: Taxes and Advantages


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   Lesson Two
Focus: Innate and Learned Behaviour

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   Lesson Three
Focus: Auxin - the Mechanism 
for Phototropism

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        Tamaki College, Auckland, NZ
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