My Learning

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei.
Seek the treasure that you value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

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My Teaching

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tātou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child
guide our work.

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My Reading

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

With your basket and my basket
the people will live.

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The Focus Lesson

The FOCUS lesson is the second phase of the instructional model I am attempting to use in my classroom.  It follows on from the first phase: Experiential Engagement and is explained in The Formative Assessment Action Plan. A vital aspect of the teaching and learning cycle is providing FEED UP  in order to to establish

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Plan A.

My goal for 2016 is to effectively embed AFL (Assessment for learning) practices into my teaching. I’ve mentioned elsewhere the fact that  AFL practices top the list of the most effective strategies to improve student learning and yet almost 20 years after the original research  they are still not being implemented successfully in the majority

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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.   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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