Weekly Reflection – reporting doesn’t have to suck

My twitter feed has been quiet of late and there is one simple reason for it. Reports. At best most teachers tolerate writing reports as a bureaucratic necessity and at worst they see it at a medieval torture device due to rigid formatting requirements and the lack of sleep that go hand in hand with report... Continue Reading →

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Thanks to all those who made the path to Teacher Registration more awesome

Last week I passed a significant milestone in my teaching career, I became a fully registered teacher. In New Zealand Newly Qualified Teachers go through a two year-induction and mentoring process. At the start of the process I decided that I wasn't going to keep a PRT folder in the traditional sense.  Out went the dull meeting... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: Getting Graded by the Students

Twice a year my school requires that I send a survey out to my students. On one level it's fantastic to get feedback from your learners about what is going well in class and what needs tweaking but on the other there's the ZOMG my students are grading me feeling.  Was I too grumpy yesterday... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: Sucking it up

Earlier this week a blog post came through my twitter feed from a teacher who walked away from the profession. I recommend you read the post first. Don't worry, I'll still be ranting when you get back. The raw emotion in that post struck a chord, the ugly side of our profession that we don't talk about... Continue Reading →

Doctopus + goobric making google apps for education more awesome

I love Google Apps for Education. However managing workflow can be an absolute nightmare with students sharing new docs and not naming the correctly which can make it hard to find work. Moreover keeping an eye on your data can be even more cumbersome. But what if there was a system that easily shared documents... Continue Reading →

Something to teach, something to learn: why #educampakl still rocks!

A bit late in posting this but as always, better late than never. I've lost count of the number of educamps I've been to since @fionagrant gave me a lift up to Educamp Tai Tokerau 2 years ago.  But suffice to say it's been a few. The beauty of educamps is that each one is... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: A new principal

I never sleep well the night before the start of a new term. There's lots ticking over in my mind. how will the new classroom set up go (answer, a few remarks about more space and then business as usual) suddenly remembering a job on your to do list, a wake up jolt from an... Continue Reading →

My #soccon13 presentation

I’ve called this presentation bringing our classrooms and in that vein I hope that you’ll join the conversation via twitter. My username is @traintheteacher and I’ll be putting out links I’ve talked about on twitter using the hashtag #soccon13. I’m happy to answer questions here or online. Last weekend I had one of those meltdowns... Continue Reading →

Weekly reflection: Standing on the shoulders of giants

I've been a lazy blogger again. I didn't even manage a weekly reflection at the end of term such was the low level of energy levels at the end of the term. Alongside organising a school disco, I also put together a school talent show for the end of term. For all my moaning, the... Continue Reading →

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