Improvement In Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Opportunity to learn: a collaborative learning community – Otumoetai Intermediate School

You can be wrong… quite often the misconceptions that we have are the misconceptions that the children can have in their learning.

In improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, leaders and teachers are working to develop safe, collaborative environments where every learner (teachers and students) can access the thinking of others to strengthen their knowledge and understanding.

This video illustrates

Domain 5: Professional capability and collective capacity

Evaluation indicators

  • Systematic, collaborative inquiry processes and challenging professional learning opportunities align with the school vision goals and targets
  • Organisational structures, processes and practices enable and sustain collaborative learning and decision making 

This video also illustrates

Domain 2: Leadership for equity and excellence

Evaluation indicator

  • Leadership builds relational trust and effective collaboration at every level of the school community

Key content

  • Building relational trust enables teachers and students to develop the confidence to acknowledge learning needs and seek help
  • Encouraging questioning and challenging of one another within a collaborative learning community builds confidence as mathematicians
  • Teacher only sessions are supported by in class interactive mentoring with the children
  • Students value seeing teachers working to improve their practice

Things to think about

  • How well does the interpersonal environment, and approaches to professional learning, support the development of deep understanding and changes in practice?
  • What else needs to happen?