Category Archives: My Learning

THE END IS NEAR

Whether you are a builder or a driver, a writer or a radiographer, your job will soon disappear.  Mark Osborne‘s key note speech at ‘Changing Spaces 2017‘ on the subject of future focused education provided a range of facts to proove that the world is in a rapid state of change.  Ten million driving jobs will

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Cultural Responsiveness

I have always followed the principle that it is important to treat all people equally and until recently made no particular effort to draw attention to culture in my classroom. This approach was clearly not culturally ‘responsive’ since it did not ‘respond’ to culture, but rather ignored it.   It is clear from the many conversations

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Law and Ethics

   THE DILEMMA GIRL A’s parents believe that the internet is evil  and do not allow her access to it. The dilemma is that the teacher will not be able to prepare that child for life in the 21st century where effective use of  technology is a key skill.   WHAT HAPPENED? Teachers are bound

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LEARNING NETWORKS

Teaching and learning  is dependent on high quality communication and interaction.  Until recently,  I only really communicated with other teachers through face-to-face discussion at work.   However, I now recognise that interacting in this way is  like using only the red bricks in a set of Lego.  I work with a great bunch of people in

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The BIG ISSUES in 2016

ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING! WHERE WE ARE … The need to successfully implement formative assessment practices in the classroom was identified as one of the three most pressing issues facing the NZ education system  (Education Review Office, 2012).  What is disappointing is the fact that even though the potential for formative assessment was clearly  identified by

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