Category Archives: My Learning

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.   Sadly, it is clear from the many

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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

 A Media for being Social 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

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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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My Professional Communities

Child centered education? Who are the stakeholders in my professional community? In what ways do they influence my practice? The two main stakeholders in my professional community are the students in my classes and the teachers I work with. Both communities overlap as the effective teaching of the one depends on my successful collaboration with

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What kind of learner am I?

Three things I learned about myself while studying with Mindlab (and they’re not pretty). I HAVE A FIXED MINDSET! During the weekly Mindlab sessions I became aware that I had a tendency to quickly lose interest in topics where I perceive myself as lacking ability. I worked under the assumption that I should focus on

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