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Engaging junior learners and whānau from home

A joint blog by Anne Kenneally and Rachel McNamara Ko koe ki tēna, ko āhau, ki tēnei kiwai o te kete. You take that handle of the kete and I’ll take this one. Teaching and learning is all a bit of a puzzle right now; not a simple child’s one with only one place where

Learning at home: start with relationships

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka.  A choppy sea can be navigated. Firstly a huge mihi to all educators for everything you are doing for ākonga and communities as you prepare to teach in different ways. Ākonga and whānau will look to you for guidance and support as they adjust to thinking about

Children’s agency, a champion, and a model for advocacy

When I first heard the word “agency” applied to children, I naively thought that it must refer to child actors. Well, in a way it does, but not in the way I thought. Agency is a word I struggled with. For a long time I found it hard to use – do you grant agency?

Future Ready – bringing your graduate profile to life!

Beginning the year provides a great opportunity to ‘start fresh’ with our thinking, individually and as a staff. It’s a time where we can take a moment to reflect on what’s really important and what the key drivers are for our work. For schools and kura this thinking is revealed in mission and vision statements..
Juniors science collaboration - learning about simple machines. These photos were of groups of 3 or 4 students working collaboratively to create an inclined plane car ramp

Changing roles; a collaborative practice impact story

If we understand what collaboration is and the impact this can have on ākonga (learners), and on our own teaching practice, we might be more likely to commit time and energy towards collaborative practices. This relates to the changing role of the teacher trend (CORE Education, 2019) and how we can harness the power of collaboration
Two women sitting on beanbags with laptops open are looking at each other and smiling

Appreciative inquiry: Searching for the best in people

What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘change’? What emotions come to the fore? What models do you associate with? How is change enacted at an organisational level? A team level? A personal level? What if we challenged you to look for the positives in every situation, actively use the strengths of

Make the most of uLearn19

With two weeks to go, it is timely to look at how to get the most out of your uLearn experience. Still looking for reasons to join us in Rotorua? uLearn is CORE Education’s annual professional learning conference. Across three days of professional learning opportunities, you will connect and collaborate with others who have the

Zero budget gamification of online learning

In my last post I wrote about game-based learning and differentiated it from gamification. In this article I look at the gamification of online courses. I suggest that gamification is not only about points, leaderboards, and badges. It may simply be about the language we use, and our approach. However the learning experience designer chooses

Ripples in the pond

Throw a stone into a pond, and you will create ripples. The ripples will undulate outwards from the source of the disturbance towards the edges of the pond. There is a cause and effect relationship. These particular ripples will not happen without the stimulus of your stone-throwing action. You can choose the size of the

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