Wednesday, 26 March 2014

My MIT14 Proposal

In 2014 Manaiakalani, with support from the Telecom Foundation, have given me the amazing opportunity to follow a line of enquiry into my own teaching. Below is an outline of my proposal.

School: Pt England School
2014 Teaching: Teaching in an open learning environment with Year 5/6 students along with three other colleagues.
My class Blog link is here.
Our space site is here.
My blog where my MIT14 Inquiry is shared is here.


Hooking Kids into Reading

How do you hook and cognitively engage students in reading a range of texts? I want to create a classroom that is filled with highly motivated readers who devour books in order to learn, create and share! I want to look at ways that can motivate and cognitively engage students with reading. Be it with ebooks, netbook friendly versions of texts or the humble paperback book! I plan to create age and maturity appropriate mini libraries that are a mix of physical books and ebooks, which will help to motivate and capture a wide range of students (see this Stuff Article from the 14th of November ). I also plan to look into ways that kids can interact with a text via internet based applications and websites. For example, imagine a year 6 student plotting the path and places that Phileas Fogg and his companions traveled on Google Earth while reading ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. The possibilities are endless.


  1. Sounds good mate. Looking forward to seeing where you go with this. I have carried on our reading to begin the day with my new class and it is going really well. The kids are loving it and are starting to share favourites etc like last year. I have some happy parents who now have boys that are reading by choice at home.

    1. Hi Chris! Yes us too. It is going really well and are already seeing some better results with engagement and a love or reading. I'm hoping we see the same as you and have students reading more at home! What kind of enquiry are you doing this year? :)

  2. This looks like a great scope for enquiry, good luck and I look forward to following your progress - I have a son who is just getting into reading so be good to see what you guys are up to!

    1. Thanks Tim. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with too. I have a rough idea of where I want the inquiry to head but you never quite know where the kids will take it. Feeling excited!