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What have we learned from the Lockdown?

At the end of March 2020, New Zealand went into Lockdown which meant that we have had to deliver the curriculum in an online environment. This is titled @homelearning by our Principal who has also decided on a shorter school day for all. Our day begins at 9 am with learners coming online at 10:45… Continue reading What have we learned from the Lockdown?

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Choice! Challenges, and Workflow in Lockdown

We have now completed one week of @home learning in Level 4 of Lockdown and it seems to be going well for most people. So what is going well and what is not going so well? Choice! I'm seeing learners who find it difficult to engage at school, engaging in their learning as they are… Continue reading Choice! Challenges, and Workflow in Lockdown

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MCE Symposium Presentation

  On Thursday 23rd January, I completed the final requirement of The Mind Lab's Master of Contemporary Education. This was a presentation to a panel of supervisors and other cohorts completing the MCE. This is my presentation: Our school model has remained mostly unchanged since the 19th century but the world has changed greatly. According… Continue reading MCE Symposium Presentation

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Contemporary approaches to learner engagement

At Whangaparaoa College in 2019, a pod of 26 year 11 learners and 1 year 9 learner was selected to learn through self-chosen projects. As we wanted our learners to develop an agentic disposition, we chose a heutagogical environment combined with Design Thinking, Agile, and Project-based learning approaches. These are our findings. To what extent… Continue reading Contemporary approaches to learner engagement

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The Project-based Pod Journey Update

Whanau Evening #2 On the 4th September, the Project-based Pod learners hosted their second Whanau Evening for the year. The event was well attended by whanau and friends who seemed suitably impressed with what their kids are achieving - apart from one mother but we won't go there!! We also had a couple of teachers… Continue reading The Project-based Pod Journey Update