Weekly Reflection: The Last Post

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 7.c "Graduating Teachers are able to articulate and justify an emerging personal, professional philosophy of teaching and learning." What my Diploma in Teaching helped me Learn 45 weeks 6 exams 13 assignments 2 teaching placements 169 posts 29,311 hits And as of 2.13pm on Thursday I'm done. When I enrolled... Continue Reading →

Teaching mihimihi through digital media

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 4.e Graduating teachers use te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi appropriately in their practice. The other project I had to undertake for specialist week was a group assignment on language learning. The task was to create a teaching resource as a group. We were given the option of making a poster... Continue Reading →

How forgetting about ‘the teaching’ helped my students and I learn

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 4.c "Graduating teachers demonstrate high expectations of all learners, focus on learning and recognise and value diversity" Graduating teachers focus on the learning. It seems like such a simple idea, you can talk about it, read it but actually doing it? That took me a long time. For my first... Continue Reading →

What is the purpose of the Graduating Teacher Standards?

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 7.b Graduating teachers uphold the New Zealand Teachers Council Code of Ethics/Ngā Tikanga Matatika. A few weeks ago I had someone "why were graduating teacher standards established in nz" and I thought "that's a good question to which I don't know the answer." So I decided to blog on it... Continue Reading →

How a simple warm up can lead to learning

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 1.a Graduating Teachers have content knowledge appropriate to the learners and learning areas of their programme. It was just a simple maths warm up called 'guess my number.' It's kind of like hangman but for maths. Now I'm sure you are rolling your eyeballs. Hangman? Seriously? But the thing is... Continue Reading →

Speaking 한국어 to one student helped me to engage with many more

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 6.d Graduating Teachers promote a learning culture which engages diverse learners effectively. I speak Korean. I don't speak the language particularly well, but alongside living in the country for four years I also attended night classes at Seoul National University. As a result of my study I can read and... Continue Reading →

Dear Teacher Education Providers – Can you enter the 21st century please?

New Zealand graduating teacher standard 4.d "Graduating teachers demonstrate proficiency in oral and written language (Māori and/or English), in numeracy and in ICT relevant to their professional role." Dear Teacher Education providers Yesterday I received my pack for Teaching Experience 2 containing a wonderful array of informational booklets, multi-coloured forms for myself, my associate teacher... Continue Reading →

An education to which they are best suited?

New Zealand Teachers Council graduating teacher standard 3.c "Graduating teachers have an understanding of education within the bicultural, multicultural, social, political, economic and historical contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand." On my last day of Teaching Experience I listened in on my students as they discussed which high school they were planning to attend. At the... Continue Reading →

Homework, love it or loathe it?

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 6.a "Graduating teachers  recognise how differing values and beliefs may impact on learners and their learning." Last week there were a lot of tweets in my feed on a New York Times article on plans by schools to scale back homework demands on their students. The idea of moving away... Continue Reading →

Taking exam risks – AKA as putting my money where my mouth is

Graduating Standard 2.d "Graduating teachers know how to select curriculum content appropriate to the learners and the learning context." With my English exam upon me I have decided to take a risk. One of the things I know that is coming up in the exam is that I will need to design a series of... Continue Reading →

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