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Teacher Inquiry

Over the course of the year, the staff at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, have been working alongside Anna Stephenson from Massey University to help develop Teacher Inquiry further within the school. The decision was made that the staff would all look at the same aspect of practise to help consolidate understanding of the inquiry method. The aspect that was selected by Senior Management was to focus on raising achievement levels of Māori and Pasifika boys in writing.

After ‘playing’ with several different inquiry models over the course of the year I attended a course on mentoring a PRT and the facilitator showed the following as an example.

Teacher Inquiry Model

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I particularly liked this approach as it incorporated the RTCs and I think that I suitable next step for the model would be to include the relevant aspects on Tātaiako as well. The model clearly outlines the Inquiry model in a clear and concise way.

PRT Mentoring

This year I have had the privilege of mentoring a PRT2. Some documents that I have found useful along the journey have been:

Mentor Inquiry

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and

Relating RTCs to Tätaiako

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Both of these documents have helped shape feedback and feedforward for my mentee. It appears that various Colleges of Education are great at teaching or making their students aware of the RTCs but fail teach Tātaiako to the same degree. This is a shame as it sends the message to PRTs that Tātaiako is some how less important/relevant than the RTCs.