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Who are our heroes ?. NZATE conference 2009 Facilitator Trish Holden Secondary English and Literacy Advisor UC Education Plus. The job of education. is to strengthen students’ “ability to be good choosers, skilful problem solvers and powerful learners.” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Who are our heroes ?NZATE conference 2009Facilitator Trish HoldenSecondary English and Literacy AdvisorUC Education Plus

  • The job of education

    is to strengthen students ability to be good choosers, skilful problem solvers and powerful learners.

    Doing well at school does not make you a better thinker. Guy Claxton, Expanding the Capacity to Learn: a new end for education

  • Learning intentions for this workshopTo enhance your ability to be a good chooser and a skilful problem solver through your powerful learningTo build understandings about how a thematic approach can link all sections of the NZC in a seamless and relevant way. To consider how the topic of heroes could be used to connect with students curiosity and to make them better thinkersTo share approaches that would give all students relevant, real life contexts for their learning

    The change is as much about reviewing how we teach as what we teach. [Rose Hipkins]

  • A thematic study offersteachers a chance to provide a choice of texts suited to students needs, backgrounds and interests, rather than one set textscope to address the intertwined natures of visual, oral and written texts, to provide a more holistic approachopportunities to stimulate students engagement and enjoyment students a chance to make deeper conceptual connections within, between and beyond texts, and across learning areasopportunity for differentiated approaches to meet the needs and interests of diverse learners

  • Our English Learning Area (p. 18) requires us to offer programmes that help students to "deconstruct and critically interrogate texts". Developing a conceptual understanding of society, in relation to a range of texts, allows for deeper, more connected learning to occur. We also need to look at ways to assert the "interconnected" nature of the two strands, Making Meaning and Creating Meaning. A thematic approach offers one way to begin to do that.Of course, we all know, too, that, to encourage such deep, connected thinking, the pedagogy of the classroom needs to support the thematic planning. A thematic programme, therefore, will most likely include the kinds of teaching approaches described on pages 34-35 of the revised curriculum. Karen Melhuish, English online

  • Planning for a thematic approachNeed to consider Why this theme? What do we know about our students that suggests that this could be a suitable theme to engage and support learning?

    What big picture ideas do we want to consider?

    How does it link to the vision and principles of the NZC?

    What values, KCs and AOs would be appropriate to foreground?

    What effective teaching approaches could we use to engage and support learning?

  • Who is a hero? A person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage and outstanding achievements. Oxford Concise Dictionary 2001 To have no heroes is to have no aspiration... [Charles Horton Cooley]

    You cannot be a hero without being a coward [George Bernard Shaw]

    It was involuntary. They sank my boat. [John F Kennedy on being asked how he became a war hero.]

  • Testing our assumptionsThe sports star?Irwen ven duk

  • Our most famous hero?

  • The current reality for somefriends mothersnoneIsaac RossfathersBarack ObamaTaylor Swift and grandmothersTravis Pastrana and Michael Jackson

    What does this show us about their view of the world? Their values?

  • Groupings and reasonsfriends

    family members

    sport stars [motor bikes, rugby, netball, rowing, soccer]

    arts/entertainment [writing, music, comedy, film, model]

    world figuresfunny, supportive, close, awesomebrought me up, loving, kind, successful,strong, talented best, first to do something

    pretty/beautiful, new way of doing something, best

    changed history for the better

  • Recurring words/ideas

    best, successful, really good at change inspiring role model beautiful, prettyalways there for me loving

  • Fictional heroessuperheroes Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Catwoman [save people]heroes from childrens books/ TV programmes e.g. Barney [helped me learn]characters from Twilight [kind, romantic, nice, friendly]ExceptionsTrevor Pay it Forward [great idea that inspires]Harry Potter [good and brave, takes risks for others]Artemis Fowl [saves the world]Lara Croft [saves lives]

    Where are the fictional characters that embody the qualities of a hero that students can learn from? Ones they have read recently?

  • Ideas worth exploring?Celebrities v. Heroes

    How many of the qualities that you identified earlier also apply to celebrities?

    What qualities might be found in celebrities that are not present in heroes?

    Can you think of people who are both celebrities and heroes? Can you give reasons for this?

  • Couragetypes of courage physical, moralreal v. false examples around school, community

    List of issues that people have spoken out for e.g. racism, 1981 Springbok tour Do you know the names of any people who have stood up for these causes? What are the usual things that they risk? What gives people real courage?

  • Gender stereotypingCan females be heroes? List five women that you regard as heroes? Do they have the same qualities as male heroes? If you look at any lists of awards, honours etc, there are more men than women. Why do you think that is? What does that suggest about our society? Does a heroine have the same qualities as a hero?

  • Reluctant hero

  • Different cultural perspectives Samoan idea of finau ma Ia toa lou loto [stand on your ground]Important qualities in their culture - service - education - leadership [family, village, constituency, island] - humility [not about me] - perseveranceChiefs always male but there are strong women [NaFaNua, Salamasina]

  • A Maori viewMana is ascribed to someone, grows over time

    Important are:knowing whakapapakeeping relationships [whakawhanaungatanga]knowing where resources areoratoryhaving one highly developed skill

  • All heroesunsung/everyday/unheralded heroes local heroes school, town, area, province work for the good of a section of that communitysmall, seemingly powerless person [David] who takes on the giant [Goliath]national heroes whose deeds/works have national impactinternational heroes whose deeds/works have international impactaccidental hero in the wrong place at the right timejust doing their job

  • Qualities of local heroes -people whose achievements have put the town on the mapperson has lived most of their life in Christchurchperson is readily identified by Christchurch citizens as having contributed something of major importance to their sense of pride in their city and its achievementspersons achievements derive from hard work and persistence as well as talentpersons achievements are complete, or of such a nature as to make it unlikely that their status in the eyes of the local community will subsequently be damaged

    Twelve Local Heroes a celebration

  • Differing viewpoints in times of waractive soldiers e.g. Upham, Apiata, Maori Battalionconscientious objectors e.g. Archibald Baxterpacifists e.g. Rita Angus war poets different/changing viewsnon violent action in times of war Parihaka, Mau movement in Samoawomen who took on roles at home in absence of men

    Are these all heroes? What qualities do they have in common?

  • Who are our heroes and why? Who were the heroes of your parents or grandparents generation? Why were they heroes? How are they similar/different to todays heroes? What does that suggest about values at the time? Research Sir Walter Buller. Why was he given a knighthood and honorary degrees? Would he be similarly rewarded today? Reasons? Do an analysis of the NZ Order what sort of people are recognised? Why have they been acknowledged? What qualities do they have in common? Are there any that do not seem to fit? Who does our school acknowledge prizes, certificates, honours boards, articles in magazines, newsletters? What does this suggest about the values of our school? Who does our community acknowledge newspapers, local awards, displays, memorials [inc street/building names]Who does our country acknowledge newspapers, honours awards, bravery awards. What does this suggest about the values of NZ?

  • Creating meaning

    What sort of a hero do we need in our community to fix a particular problem? Identify the problem/issue. Describe their personal qualities, lifestyle, relationships, goals, ways of working. A number of local bodies hold annual awards for local heroes e.g. Waitakere, New Lynn, Wellington City Council [safety in the city]- submit a nominationEnter the NZ Herald unsung hero competitionClass presentations on people who have been researched class votes on top 12 heroes using agreed criteriaWho should your council honour as its local heroes? Outline who they should honour and why. In what way do you think that these people should be honoured? Does your school community honour its heroes? Are there issues of equity? Prepare a submission explaining why the practice should change.

  • Flexible programme planning across a yearHow do you provide choice but still ensure that students cover a range of text types across years 9 and 10 and still provide choice? ensure that students produce a range of text ty