Weekly Reflection – on your way to Disco

This year I volunteered to be the teacher in charge of Student Council which also means I'm the teacher in charge of organising the school discos. Officially the student council run disco but there are limitations to 11 and 12 year olds organisational skills. Organising permission slips, tickets, posters, food sales, lighting, music, prizes, decorations... Continue Reading →

10 Tips for student teachers on placement

I was recently asked by a reader if I could give my tips for surviving teaching placement, practicum, teaching experience. Having gone through the experience myself and having watched two sets of student teachers come into our school, I'm not too far removed but I also get the benefit of seeing part of the other... Continue Reading →

5 reasons to use Flickr for class photosharing

These days most classrooms have digital cameras and/or devices that are capable of taking photos. But what happens to those photos? Do they stay on the teachers hard drive or school internal server never to be seen again? If a picture can tell 1,000 words, how much richer will your learning stories be to your... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: Work/life effectiveness

Another weekend away. This time I was up in Auckland for an Apple Distinguished Educator camp. This was the first time that I had met some of the New Zealand-based alumni but ouch another trip away. Could I really justify more time and money away from home? Over the week I've ended up having a... Continue Reading →

Blog like there’s nobody reading

I've been in been in the blogging doldrums of late. I haven't published many posts and even my weekly reflections have felt like a chore. When I think back to my first year of this blog I usually posted 2-3 times a week, last year I dropped to between 1-2 posts a week and this year... Continue Reading →

Tips for your Google Teacher Academy Application #GTASYD

It's just over a week until applications close for the next Google Teacher Academy in Chicago.  For those not in the know, every few months Google puts on a PD session for 50 teachers at a Googleplex. You can read more about the academy here. I was very fortunate to be selected for the Google... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: teaching for the LOLz

Every so often people ask me why I get into teaching. I could say I'm there to make a difference but I would be lying. I  don't teach for the holidays and everyone knows you don't get into teaching for the money. The truth is I teach for the LOLz. Those laugh out loud moments that... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: Google Teacher Academy #GTASYD

The Google Teacher Academy. I'm sure I'm not the only person to compare receiving the acceptance email to two days in a Googleplex with 50 other passionate educators to finding a golden ticket in your inbox. After all, the competition for spots for the 50 spots open in the bi-annual programme is pretty fierce. I... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: invisible work

Over the last two weeks of school holidays I have watched my twitter feed light up with hashtags from barious conferences and hui happening around the country: #ignition2013, #NAPPNZ13, #byod13 #tfchch13. It's a sign of the  New Zealand teaching workforce learning and sharing together. That’s just the tip of a rather large iceburg. Up down... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection (Re)igniting passions #ignition13

Term 1 holidays for me are now synonymous with ignition. For those not in the know ignition is a 2 day un-conference. You throw a 100 or so passionate educators in a room and MAGIC ensues. When I look over last year's post, I remember how super-charged I felt after attending the event. I know the learning... Continue Reading →

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