Making meaning one pastry at a time…

As I sit here in Paris munching on yet another pastry I'm pondering the place of rote learning. Over the last few days, I've taken my high school french out of retirement. The only reason I had even a passing interest in learning the language was to eat. 20 years later I'm doing just that.... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection – new traditions

One of the joys of working in an international school is that you get to celebrate occasions that aren't as widely celebrated in your home country. Lunar new year - otherwise known as Chinese New Year - is becoming a larger celebration every year in New Zealand due to an increase in immigration from Asia... Continue Reading →

Weekly reflection: Accepting responsiblity or deflecting it?

New Zealand Graduating Standard 3.b: "Graduating teachers have knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori to work effectively within the bicultural contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand." I'm going to be honest and say that I've been putting off posting on this particular standard for quite sometime. Then I noticed an incoming search to this blog... 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 →

Should teachers be encouraging the use of ‘English’ names in our classrooms?

Last week I went to an art show held at my last placement. It was great to see my former students and their families again as well as see the art projects I had helped the kids create come to fruition. During the show I was chatting away to my Korean student's family who were... 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 →

Babies and Languages

An interesting lecture by Patricia Kuhl on the linguistic abilities of babies. There are implications for language learning in New Zealand where we start teaching second languages at the point where language acquisition skills start to decline.

Weekly reflection: Speaking in Tongues

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 1.d Graduating Teachers have content and pedagogical content knowledge for supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners to succeed in the curriculum. Our key topic this week was English as Additional Language (EAL) learners, which is the current phrase to describe students who enter school speaking another language. This... Continue Reading →

Challenging tomorrow’s teachers to learn Te Reo

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 6.e Graduating Teachers demonstrate respect for te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi in their practice. During my first time at university I was one of the student representatives on the university council. Aside from arguing with the powers-that-be to keep student fees down, I sat through A LOT of graduations.... Continue Reading →

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