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Kia pai mai

I have finally caught my breath. It has been a particularly busy time for us of late as we put ourselves forward to become accredited facilitators. I was tempted to decline the offer to the write this blog, but it really was a welcomed distraction. If anyone is a journal writer, they will understand the
sherlock and the curse of the bell curve

The curse of the bell curve

On a crisp July winter’s morning, I had the pleasure of spending 45 minutes listening to the fabulous Yong Zhao (YZ). For all 2700 seconds, I sat on the edge of my chair enthralled by what he said, the synapses in my brain tingling with passion and purpose. A few weeks later, my mind is

If it’s important to you, it’s important to me

“Emotional invalidation is when a person’s thoughts and feelings are rejected, ignored, or judged. Invalidation is emotionally upsetting for anyone, but particularly hurtful for someone who is emotionally sensitive. Invalidation disrupts relationships and creates emotional distance. When people invalidate themselves, they create alienation from the self and make building their identity very challenging.” (Hall 2012)

ARMed for the Internet of Things

Whatever happened to Acorn computers, once sprinkled through schools across the country? Many of the New Zealand teachers who were using technology in their classrooms 20 years ago will recall BBC and Acorn computers, including the Archimedes, the A3000, the RISC PC, as well as the educational games and software that came with them. While
tamaki students

Creating an innovative learning environment in a single-cell classroom

Not all schools have a budget to rebuild or make big changes. What can you do in a single-cell classroom to develop an innovative learning environment? An ILE is: learner-focussed emphasises learner valued outcomes flexible – allowing the needs of a diverse range of learners to be met enables collaboration and inquiry Ministry of Education,

What’s cool about COOLs?

Among the changes being proposed as part of the Update of the Education Act 1989 is the introduction of a new form of education provision to be known as a COOL (Community of Online Learning) enabling students to learn via online programmes instead of in regular classrooms. On the whole, the reaction to this announcement
Cynefin framework

Making it safe to fail as you build your Community of Learning

When a group of schools and/or early childhood leaders get together to collaborate, they bring their existing experiences and beliefs about collaboration with them into the kaupapa and mahi. As a result, there are some common issues that can emerge, or re-emerge, for a cluster or Community of Learning (CoL) over time. For example: How
sea of words

On the path to literacy through a pair of shoes and smelly socks

Last week I had the privilege of watching something very special; an early childhood teacher helping a two-year-old to put on her shoes and socks in preparation for going outside. Yes, I can imagine what you are already thinking, ‘so what was so special about that’? A fair question and one I will attempt to
citizen scientist bird watchers

Enabling students to become citizen scientists

The citizen science movement is gaining momentum and both citizens and scientists can benefit. Citizen science projects allow students to participate in and contribute to real-world science while developing a stronger understanding of the nature of science. Citizen science is described as public participation in scientific research and is a way to involve ordinary people

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