Rationale In 2017 we added a new course to level 2 English, a course which is mostly internally assessed and with a focus on the visual aspects of English. This course attracted learners that didn't engage easily with reading and writing. https://youtu.be/ljpCNfKeNHo 2017 began well with learners engaged and happier to be in a course… Continue reading 2018 Teaching as Inquiry
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In the April holidays my colleague, Christine, and I attended the Core Education course, Accelerator, which was held at Stonefields School. After the introductions and outline of what we could expect from our 2 days together, we brainstormed some of education's wicked problems. These were then pitched to the group and we chose which problem… Continue reading Acceleration Guaranteed!
After reading this Lizzie Marvelly article and also discussing exams with my good friend Linda over a Friday night drink, I am left wondering how much longer we will have the end of year exam. Increasing levels of stress and anxiety over relentless assessment, social media and other life crises have not helped our young… Continue reading The future of exams
We are nearly at the end of 2017 and already I am being asked what my goals as HOL will be for next year. I thought that I would take a look at the new standards and link my goals to those. Our school goals are around know and grow your learners, develop and support… Continue reading 2018 Goals
This year our faculty, along with the science faculty, took a leap of faith and completed our Junior exams digitally through the wonderful Education Perfect platform. Our learners have had plenty of experience with using Education Perfect over the last six months in science, maths and English. We have set various tasks and assessments for… Continue reading Education Perfect Exams
What is the current situation/problem? My year 9 learners find it a challenge to apply basic grammar such as punctuation, spelling, effective use of sentences and capital letters. School Goals relating to this issue: Objective 1: Challenge and support all learners to give of their best and achieve their best in their learning and the… Continue reading Improving Writing with Education Perfect
Earlier this year I began my Masters in Educational Leadership and Management through Unitec. For the one paper, I was required to interview my principal about how he facilitated diversity at Whangaparaoa College. This is part two of the essay that I wrote about my key findings. The school has a diverse range of learners… Continue reading The Importance of Community Engagement
Earlier this year I began my Masters in Educational Leadership and Management through Unitec. For the one paper, I was required to interview my principal about how he facilitated diversity at Whangaparaoa College. This is part one of the essay that I wrote about my key findings. To begin, I thanked my principal for agreeing… Continue reading The Importance of Relationships – Whanaungatanga
Maori Language Week ran from 11 - 17 September this year and our department chose to celebrate it with our learners by creating presentations about our favourite whakatauki. The wonderful Christine Emery created a resource for us to use which I modified slightly: As my learners entered the class I greeted them with 'Morena!' and, after… Continue reading Maori Language week