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Inside-out learning

I spent the last week on the road in our campervan with my husband, visiting a part of the country we didn’t know, and tramping up some mountains. We escaped, went off the grid…. no, actually we didn’t! We are social media and news junkies so being disconnected from family, friends and what’s happening in

Becoming culturally courageous

Imagine, if you will, a wee blonde-haired girl, loud as the day is long, aged seven, growing up on a farm at the farthest point of the South Island. She trails along behind family members, talking incessantly or singing enthusiastically, and learning the family business. Her usual attire is gumboots, a shirt and jeans, or

The continuing consequences and impacts of colonisation

‘Matariki ahunga nui! Matariki tāpuapua!’ ‘Matariki provider of plentiful food. Matariki the rainy season’ At the time of writing, we are very close to the winter solstice, which is celebrated on the shortest day of the year. Tama-nui-te-rā is beginning his final embrace with Hine Takurua, and planning the long journey back to Hine Raumati.

Deep Learning – Stories of impact

Over the past few years an increasing number of New Zealand schools have become involved in New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). NPDL is a global collaboration of more than 1,400 schools in seven countries, seeking ways to transform teaching and learning approaches, and provide the conditions that will facilitate deep learning. The challenge of
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Time to get real with reporting

How relevant is a six-monthly report by the time it gets home? Adapting assessment practices to gather evidence of 21st Century outcomes/skills is becoming urgent! Providing timely personalised feedback to students which lets them monitor their own progress and develop self-regulatory skills is becoming a high priority! Connecting with parents/whānau to develop genuine collaboration to

Transformation Theory: A theory of adult learning

Image source: Suzanne D. Williams, CC0 I am often skeptical of some of the language we use in education, and that is common in other sectors too. This includes words such as: disruption, innovation, transformation. I wonder about the human impact using these words has. How does it feel to be ‘disrupted’, to be asked

Wellbeing: What’s it about?

Image by CORE Education, all rights reserved. Wellbeing everywhere Wellbeing has permeated every facet of our social psyche. It’s in vogue, a fashionable word, possibly even overused. A bit like resilience, but that’s a word for another day. It’s even made CORE’s Ten Trends this year. Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as

Rocket science

Game-based learning is a big subject, and you could go broad, or you could go deep. It means very different things to very different people. I’m thinking about just one facet of it, gaining an introduction to computer science and computational thinking through the design of games. Before we go any further, we need to

Kirirarautanga | Citizenship

Citizenship is a term that will have very different personal meanings to all of us. From the whenua we come from, to the land we live in, one thing remains the same – we’re all part of a bigger networked, global ‘village’. With easily accessible, borderless spaces online, there has never been a more important

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