Author Archives: Kelvin Furze

Getting parents on board

One of my main goals this year was to find better ways to establish and maintain close connections with whanau (families) in order to create a supportive environment for students. Home-school connections are strong in primary school, but significantly weaker in senior high school. As a parent myself, I know how important the home-school link

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Why it’s good to be Random

Assessment for learning strategies can sometimes be difficult to implement in the classroom, but Jennifer English’s blog post Trying to embed some simple formative assessment into my practice  highlights how it can be done.  Her comments about the use of the ‘no hands-up classroom’  and the importance  of ‘thinking time’ encouraged me to post my

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The Focus Lesson

The FOCUS lesson is the second phase of the instructional model I am attempting to use in my classroom.  It follows on from the first phase: Experiential Engagement and is explained in The Formative Assessment Action Plan. A vital aspect of the teaching and learning cycle is providing FEED UP  in order to to establish

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Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whilst it is true that the world needs another dystopian novel about as much as it needs a meteorite strike,  this is an awesome book.  It was a good companion through a long, troubled night. I tried to put it down, but sleep

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Plan A.

My goal for 2016 is to effectively embed AFL (Assessment for learning) practices into my teaching. I’ve mentioned elsewhere the fact that  AFL practices top the list of the most effective strategies to improve student learning and yet almost 20 years after the original research  they are still not being implemented successfully in the majority

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