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Presenting the Projects

The focus of the second half of Term 1 in the Project-based Pod was on presentation. The learners began preparing for the Whanau Evening in week 11 and the Pod teachers created a presentation to show at a Teacher meeting. In week 7 we let the learners know that they would be planning and hosting… Continue reading Presenting the Projects

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Challenges, positives, and possibilities.

The Project-based Pod is a class that uses Project-based learning, Agile methods and Design Thinking. Our goal is to help learners to become self-determined learners.  Challenges As our learners are largely independent, as we expect them to be, we often explain how to do a task and then leave our learners to get on with… Continue reading Challenges, positives, and possibilities.

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Momentum is building!

We have now completed the first 5 weeks of the Project-based Pod and momentum is building. The first achievement standard (an oral presentation about their project) has been completed with a very positive success rate. This was a bit challenging to mark for the non-English teachers but they naturally came to the right conclusion with… Continue reading Momentum is building!

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Are our learners actually working?

The Project-based Pod is a class that uses Project-based learning, Agile methods and Design Thinking. This class will provide flexibility for learners to personalise their learning by choosing what they would like to learn about. They will choose Achievement Standards to complete, that are linked to their projects. What's been happening? Although we are positive… Continue reading Are our learners actually working?

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The Pod Squad

In July of 2017, I wrote a post reflecting on how we might personalise learning for our kids more effectively. I concluded that although we are personalising quite well, more disruption was needed. It seemed like a dream back then to have a class which was not based on a subject but focussed on projects… Continue reading The Pod Squad

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MCE e-Portfolio Reflection

  I have just begun Part 3 of the Mind Lab Master of Contemporary Education. One of our first sprints is to choose an e-portfolio platform and reflect on its efficacy. Sites vs Blogs   Sites Both Blogs Static Not interactive - communicate information only. Once published, can be considered finished. Less social - more… Continue reading MCE e-Portfolio Reflection

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Perfect Pitch

The Pitch Perfect projects have been completed now and most learners and teachers enjoyed the process. Our learners came up with amazing ideas which included websites to raise awareness and inform people about issues such as pollution and anxiety; Instagram profiles; short films; and even a rubbish sculpture in the shape of a whale tale to… Continue reading Perfect Pitch

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Year 9, Term 4 Project, Week 1:

In term three we discussed the merits of Junior exams and made the decision to continue with exams for year 10, but not year 9. This then meant that each faculty had to spend time planning and developing a unit of learning for their curriculum area for year 9. The English faculty chose to develop… Continue reading Year 9, Term 4 Project, Week 1:

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Innovation Summit: golden nuggets

On 28 August, I attended the Innovation Summit at the Novotel Hotel in Ellerslie. When I arrived, I was greeted warmly and told that I could lineup to have a barista made coffee. As I waited in line, my order was taken, and before long I was feeling pretty happy with a nicely made trim… Continue reading Innovation Summit: golden nuggets