Re-thinking the start of the year – what would you do differently?

The first day of school. There's already blogposts popping up on my twitter feed about dos and dont's for those few precious hours you'll spend with the children you'll spend the next year of your life. When I look back at a post I wrote a few  years ago about my plans for the start of... Continue Reading →

Start of the year video

I've done beginning of the year videos for the children I'm about to teach for the last few years. The video helps set the tone for the year and is a quick way for parents to see what's in store for their children for the school year ahead. This year, the kids were involved. The... Continue Reading →

Why do schools make kids switch classes at the end of year?

Alongside the excitement of scampering off on holidays, I often feel a twinge of sadness at the end of the year as I bid farewell to my class. Each class I've taught has its own personality and idiosyncrasies. Even though I've had a large number of kids come and go during the year, there were... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: A new school year

A new school year starts. If finishing a school year in June was weird, beginning one in August is even weirder. A new year brings with it new challenges and opportunities, some expected others not. There is no such thing as the perfect class, just a group of kids you hope leave wiser and happier after spending... Continue Reading →

As a new school year starts…

As the new school year starts up in New Zealand I was suddenly struck by the thought that (all going well) this time next year I'll be responsible for a class of students. It's both exciting and completely overwhelming. So much to learn, so little time. In the meantime the Sunday Star-times has done a... Continue Reading →

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