On the 10th of March the HOD of Health and I went to Mt Albert Grammar School to learn about their Senior Health Programme.
A useful tool that we learned about was Google Classrooms. I will follow this and present it to the other HPE staff on a Wednesday PD session. The way that MAGS uses Google Classrooms is to check ongoing student work. Google classrooms allows the teacher to see when the work was last accessed and edited. Also, feedback can be written as a comment straight onto the document. When the internal needs to be handed in it can be exported to Turnitin. The benefits of this system are that the work is on one platform and does not require chasing up work or losing paper. This is something that we will look at trailing for Health Education at Orewa College.
Following up on this discussions with the other Health Teachers, I will develop and the Level 1 Health 1.3 Unit. This includes checking NZQA Clarification documents and collating all the resources.
Other things that I learned was around giving student-choice in their research topics. This is particularly relevant for Senior Health. A suggested way that this is done is to teach half/half. One half is introducing three possible research topics and teaching the content and structure for about 1-2 weeks each .Then, the students are able to choose one of the three topics that interests them the most and spend the other half of the time for the nit researching and writing their reports.