Watch these to see the difference taking the Mindlab course has made to Paul's teaching.... and check out it has influenced and changed Tracey's classroom.
What better way to enrich our students’ learning experience and help them to develop resilience, independent thinking and self-motivation than to offer them a course that allows them the time to pursue an area of personal interest, without the pressure of prescribed assessment. That is why I am so excited to be part of Waicol’s... Continue Reading →
I was struck by a sense of gloom about our future when reading about the trend in accelerating technology, which offers both progress and disruption to the world as we know it. How do we prepare our young people for their uncertain future? But listening to my students as they discuss such weighty topics as... Continue Reading →
Walking past Naomi Chapman's classroom recently caught my eye as her windows were decorated in post-it notes and fluorescent writing. I went in to investigate. The atmosphere was humming with discussion as groups of students in Year 10 Economics were intent on their latest project, part of the growing NZ Innovation Challenge run by Young... Continue Reading →
Contribution of teacher inquiry topics to my Communities of Practice. Fundamentally as a teacher we see our purpose as instructing, guiding and nurturing our students through the relationships we build with them. Yet, through all the 'noise' of doing education we get distracted and can lose sight of the complete purpose we have for our... Continue Reading →
Whakatauki He waka eke noa A canoe which we are all in with no exception This weeks whakatauki reminded me of one of challenges of social media in the classroom and the question of... "what is the predominant social media platform (or canoe) that students are using When some students do and some don't you... Continue Reading →
As part of the New Zealand curriculum the principle of coherence means that we should be aiming to create opportunities that make links for our students across our learning areas and as teachers work together to plan and implement cross curricula units. Fig 1: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Principles/Coherence By working in an interdisciplinary fashion we can open students... Continue Reading →
A blend or interdisciplinary collaboration of positive and negative space to achieve real-world success 🙂 (See above picture.) As the Head of Health Education at Waimea College I am aware that the amount and depth of connections with the community is quite limited when compared to my primary colleagues. I am an active Board of... Continue Reading →