Disrupting the status quo
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Disrupting the status quo

Recently I have embarked on my biggest ‘endeavour’ for the year… study towards papers to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Education: Teaching & Learning endorsed. So much reading it feels like my brain will explode! But how inspiring and exciting it is to read / listen to current thinking around schools, curriculum, teaching and … Continue reading

A balanced literacy approach
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A balanced literacy approach

The second paper of my Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning) has been submitted and marked. Plenty of valuable new learning taken away this year: how children learn to read in different ways what causes the differences in early reading achievement and subsequent difficulties in some students what we need to do in … Continue reading

Student engagement…. it’s not as one dimensional as it sounds!!
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Student engagement…. it’s not as one dimensional as it sounds!!

After carrying out some research into STUDENT ENGAGEMENT …. I realise there is more to this notion than simply “are they engaged?” The notion of ENGAGEMENT is, in fact, 3 DIMENSIONAL. The dimensions are a progression which show a student’s increasing levels of investment and commitment to their learning. The first dimension is BEHAVIOURAL ENGAGEMENT … Continue reading

Difference is a strength
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Difference is a strength

Teachers need to be responsive to ALL differences  I had the pleasure of listening to a KEYNOTE by Perry Rush at the ‘Learners  World’ Conference in Auckland last Thursday. He spoke passionately about dealing with difference not dealing with sameness. That teachers need to make learning “an experience worthy of the investment of time”.we need … Continue reading