Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Term 1 Novel Study

Term 1 Novel Study

This term I have been reading and studying the novel Trash

I found this novel interesting because it was very mysterious and very sad.

During the novel I had to complete two major assessment tasks. The first is an Explain Map which shows the consequences of a major event in the book. The second was a Describe++ Map (Inference map) which shows I how I have connected prior knowledge and other experiences to what I have been reading to make an inference.

National Standard this covers

  • Year 7/8  Standard
    • using several pieces of information to make inferences
      using their prior knowledge, along with information in the text, to interpret abstract ideas, complex plots, and sophisticated themes
    • I can use a range of strategies, such as inferring, to work out more complex words.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My writing

In writing I have been learning to:
  • use all basic punctuation independently
  • attempt more complex punctuation (eg semicolons, colons, parentheses)

I have been especially focusing on using parentheses and commas. I have highlighted these in green where I have used them as well as other punctuation that I changed because it was used incorrectly. Here is a piece of my writing that shows this.

Leadership is a skill of being able to motivate people/teams to work towards a goal. There are 6 traits of being an effective leader, they are,Trustworthy,Integrity,Resilient,Goal focused,Active thinker,Motivational. My key leadership role for 2017 is a peer mediator, this means that each week i walk around the school and help with peoples problems, but not physical violence.

Games with minimal or no equipment.

In PE we have been participating in a variety of games that require little or no equipment.
Below is the Matrix which shows our progression in this unit of learning.

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The table below shows my understanding of games with minimal or no equipment.
(Fill this table in, in as much detail as possible. )

Examples of Games that need minimal or no equipment.
What equipment would we usually need to play these games.  
Why do we play games with minimal or no equipment?
invisible tag
tricky tag
cones,bibs,flagsso if we just thought about it like 10 mins ago or something we don't have to go through all the hassle of trying to get equipment and booking to use equipment and trying to find equipment that we need

My Strengths.  
Some things that I have done well during this unit of learning are i have been resilient because when there was a game i didn't want to play i didn't give up and not played the game i played the game and did my best to follow the rules
My Next Steps.
Some things I could improve on when playing games with minimal or no equipment are being more enthusiastic when playing the game and trying to enjoy it  Because if the game isn't a game that i like i need to be more enthusiastic about playing the game and not judging the name and try the game out

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Te Reo Maori Marae Blog Post

This term we have been learning all about the Marae. We have learned that…….

  • The Marae is an important focal point for the community.
  • The Marae is a place where tradition and customs can be carried out.
  • The Marae is a place where people can express their values with dignity.
  • There are many kawa ( protocols) that prevail on the marae.
  • Marae kawa (protocols) can differ between maraes and iwi.

We have focused on some key concepts when doing this learning.
These are listed and explained in the table below.

Definition -
give the meaning of these concepts in your own words.
The correct way, custom, procedure, of doing things 
Welcoming ceremony on a marae 
Tangata whenua
Local people connected to the marae either through assoction or by genealogy
Visitors to a Marae
Home base on a marae, Rights and Obligations
Family connection, Belonging, Relationship
Care for someones well being, Respect given to elders
Love, Respect, Giving, Hospitality, Concern

See this video for an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of people on a marae.

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is... What they do in the marae? Do you have to ask to go to a marae, or do you just go?

Thursday, 22 September 2016

WALT apply the techniques of improvisation to a range of different scenarios.

improvisation TECHNIQUES that I have used successfully are,listening and paying attention ,trusting my partner that i am budded with

Improvisation TECHNIQUES that I would like to have more practice at is yes and

The thing that I enjoyed most about this unit of learning was the games because they where fun but they where still teaching us something

The thing that I found most challenging during this unit of learning was trying to think of a character for the games because there was lots of characters to choose from

My favorite improvisation game was party quirks because its my favorite game and its very interesting to see the host to try and figure out what the guests character is

My next step/ something I need to work on further  in improvisation is to get the hard parts to challenge myself because i usually get the really easy parts

Thursday, 1 September 2016

I can apply my knowledge of adverbial clauses and connectives to see how ideas are linked in texts.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.04.56 am.pngI can apply my knowledge of adverbial clauses and connectives to see how ideas are linked in texts.

For reading I have been learning about adverbial clauses. I have found this learning… kind of easy because… i catched up to it really easily and it was really fun too.

In this activity (link to adverbial clause activity), I had to.. copie and paste the sentences down at the bottom of each few sentences


I can recognise and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns

I can recognize and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns

In this unit I have been learning about:
  • The parts of speech.
  • The types of nouns.
  • The types of sentences.

In this unit, I found challenging…was finding out what kind of words where in the category

Something new I learnt was... what a statement is and a exclamation is
this is some of my learning that i did
can identify the types of nouns 2
 can define the types of nouns
can identify types of sentences 
I can define the types of sentences
I can define the parts of speech