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Mirror and window contexts for learning

I look out the window and what do I see? A world of wonder that stimulates my curiosity, and opens my eyes to a world that is different from mine. I do this so I can gain insight into how others work, live, and feel; their history, myths, and innovations. I see things I wouldn’t
5 year old

The real lives of five years olds at school

Has anyone else noticed how many reality shows occupy space on televisions at present? They claim to provide us with a microscopic view into what goes on in the ‘real’ lives of people who bear very little similarity to ourselves, or those we hold close to us, and the lives that we lead. And yet,
equality vs equity

Unpacking UDL, differentiation and adaptation

In this blog I offer you my thoughts about what UDL (universal design for learning) is (and is not) and how it is differs from differentiation and adaptation. The concept of UDL is really well articulated in this Enabling Elearning video when the student (Felix) says: “Last year I had dyslexia and I felt different.

Mahi kāinga vs Kāinga mahi – Homework vs work at home

Homework versus work at home. The homework debate: Should children be given homework? If yes, what type and why? Here is the million dollar question everybody should know the answer to: ‘Does homework really improve learning?’ Firstly, I would like to thank Cath Rau and Ted Glynn who inspired my thinking around homework back in

Seriously, what is school for?

Are our schools catering for the super heroes of the future? We all have an idea in our heads about WHAT we currently get out of school and basically what we can expect to experience when we arrive be it as a learner, teacher, or parent. Some of us know HOW school works — the
the evolution of why

The evolution of why…

There’s no doubt in my mind, Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle and his philosophy behind ‘Starting with the why is one of the most genuinely powerful theories I have ever come across. Its simplicity and ease to understand, but complexity in its personalisation is nothing short of incredible. I have continued to use and model establishing

Pay attention to the task

Last time I wrote about how we focus our attention — what we pay attention to. This time let’s talk about the intensity part of attention — how much attention we pay. So, what determines how much attention we pay to a task? Well, some of it is related to the type of task. Some
pasifika in waitangi

Pasifika in Waitangi

Māori Navigators L-R: Jason Ruakere, Teanau Tuiono, Anaru White, Shannon Vulu The one and only time I had previously seen Waitangi was in a passing drive-by. Moana Timoko, a fellow CORE facilitator, showed me what Waitangi looked like under the cover of darkness. We drove past the night before a professional learning event at Te
Syllabus –Lynda Barry – Notes from an accidental professor

My dream learning environment — a flexible space that supports creative endeavour

What spaces makes your brain hum? Who is your dream teacher and how do they teach? What kind of learning space supports your creativity? I asked myself these questions in the podcast My dream learning environment. Here’s the transcript. Take a look: Q: Kia ora, Chrissie — and thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. A:

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