From assembly to maker faire… #adechat #pathon @bookcreatorapp

Another unit of inquiry ends. It made sense that a unit which started with creating ended with creating. Like many schools, our primary school has regular assemblies which are led by different year groups to showcase learning. When we look at the purpose of assemblies they are: An opportunity for children to express themselves and present their learning.... Continue Reading →

A lesson in effective communication

Flight delays. Like many small set backs in life the attitude you take determines your experience. In attempt to make hay while the sun shines, I sent out this light-hearted tweet. As this conversation was taking place, Tripit was quickly sending push out notifications of gate changes and delays to the flight to... Continue Reading →

10 tips for First Year Teachers

1. Don't talk over the kids If there is one piece of advice I could give you, it is  this. Never talk over the kids.  You might have to wait a long time for their attention and on occasion you might have to stop and wait. Be patient. Allowing the kids to talk over you... Continue Reading →

2013 in review – 13 from 13

A bit late for a year in review but with moving countries I've been a tad busy. The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog which I've included below. However I've decided to do my own round up of my favourite posts from each month and my all-time favourite post of... Continue Reading →

We are learning to: Make a difference in parliament

A few months ago I floated the idea to my Year 7/8 class making a submission to the Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy being run by the New Zealand parliament's education and science select committee.* The project seemed like a great way to give my students an insight into how laws... Continue Reading →

Lessons for my first year of teaching from @flyairnz

I spent summer moving cities and am now firmly ensconced in Wellington. Of the many joys I've discovered about living in Wellington as an adult there are two aspects of the city I don't much care for; the weather and the airport. Despite my love of travelling around the world I don't do well with... Continue Reading →

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 →

Weekly reflection: Making the most of teachable moments

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 4.a Graduating teachers draw upon content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge when planning, teaching and evaluating. One problem I've been mulling over for the last few months is making the most of teachable moments. I know that there are moments when teachers need to, in the words of my former eduction... Continue Reading →

E-practice: stop moaning and just do it!

After writing my 'Dear Teacher Education Providers can you enter the 21st century' post I had a real mixture of emotions. On one hand the post seemed to strike a real chord amongst the twitterverse and bought a lot traffic to the blog which was pretty cool, but on the other I felt somewhat uncomfortable about... Continue Reading →

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