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Bright Eyes: What does it mean to have a Pasifika lens?

Bright eyes burning like fire Bright eyes, how can you close and fail? How can the light that burned so brightly Suddenly burn so pale? Bright eyes (Art Garfunkel, 1978) I’ve been working for CORE Education for about four years. Along the way, I have had the privilege and pleasure of facilitating professional learning solutions
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Our history matters to our learning

History is very much a part of any culture. It shapes the way people within that culture think about themselves and about others. It shapes the way people view the world. It stands to reason, then, that history must impact on learning. This is undoubtedly the case in Māori culture. Recently, I was involved in

Questing: a modern approach to learning design

  How might Game Artificial Intelligence (AI) inform and influence learning experience design in the future? What learning design used to be… and, sometimes, still is To begin to answer that far-reaching question, let us consider what learning design or instructional design was, and in many cases still is. Before the days of learner agency,
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Universal Design for Learning in curriculum planning and lesson design

In my last few blogs, I have unpacked UDL principles and UDL thinking. Once people understand the basic principles of UDL they often ask how to use those principles in class and lesson planning. The quick and easy answer is to consider all your learners, and use the UDL principles throughout every aspect of the
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Does Pronunciation Matter? Is it Māori or Maarry?

Pronunciation of te reo Māori — or any language for that matter — is important, as it can change the meaning. It’s a sign of respect, too. The history behind place names is important, as it locates you, and you see, or find, the history that brought about the name. I can think of several stories

Framing a powerful Professional Learning response…

Consider this …. you have gathered a considerable amount of achievement data that shows a particular group of students is underachieving compared to the rest of the school in mathematics.  They have come through the school as a group who have consistently, year after year, shown the same trend. All the students in this group

Once upon a time…in 2017

One of the great things about our Christmas and summer holidays being rolled into one, is the opportunity to take a break from our everyday routines, sit back, and have some space to think. We educators find ourselves in the unaccustomed situation of having time to reflect —  and to allow ourselves the luxury of
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He rerekē tēnei, i tēnā — Each has its own uniqueness

Recently, I have had a lot of discussion with my colleague Te Mako Orzecki about te reo Māori and particularly about the pronunciation of our names. We both agree on the importance of correct pronunciation, and, as former kaiako, we can think of several occasions when students’ names were mispronounced. I remember how students felt
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Coverage, congestion, and curriculum

As the school year begins, there is a lot of focus in staffrooms and classrooms on the design of programmes that learners will be engaged in as they come back to school. For some, the focus will be on immediate plans for outdoor education trips or swimming sports and other events that will occur within

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