My name is Kerri. I began a journey into future orientated teaching and learning with my class in 2013. This journey evolved out of a desire to make my classroom a place the kids wanted to be, to make learning more relevant, to change the focus from teacher directed to student directed and through these changes develop learners who are empowered.
It was also driven by my need to continue learning.
This blog has become an absolute necessity as a place to reflect on my journey.
I try to write regularly. I share my honest thoughts, actions, and reflections; the intention being to continually strive to make my classroom the BEST place it can be for my learners.
That is the purpose.
Thanks to everyone who followed LearningMYway over the years.
Recently, I have changed the name of my blog as it is all about learning.
That is it.
In 2013 I chose to begin my studies for a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with a Teaching and Learning endorsement – with the eventual aim of achieving my Masters.
Along the way I studied Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning, Foundations of Literacy Education, Facing Big Questions in Education and Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice. This saw me graduate with my Diploma in 2016; a proud moment.
In 2015 I shared a class; a new experience.
I continued learning through Mindlab; graduating in 2016 with my Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice: Digital and Collaborative Learning.
In 2017 I continued learning towards my Masters by completing the Mixed Methods Research paper. Alongside this colleague and I were successful with an application for a Teacher Led Innovation Fund project to investigate #storyhui being led by Liz Stephenson and Anne Kenneally.
This same year saw me learning and teaching in an Innovative Learning Environment; practicing genuine collaboration.
2017 was a big year of learning. You can read this journey under the tab titled ‘The ILE Journey’.
In 2018 I was back in a traditional single classroom. The posts I have written during this year are under the tab titled ‘2018@Tamatea’.
From Term 3 onwards I will be teaching at Hastings Intermediate after 23 years at Tamatea.
The change was good but for a number of reasons it didn’t work out.
I am now teaching at Tutira School in a part-time capacity and it is perfect. The reduction in workload has meant I have more balance in my life, I can be there for my own kids, and I am way less stressed.