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The future of exams

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

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2018 Goals

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

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Education Perfect Exams

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

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Improving Writing with Education Perfect

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

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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 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

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The Importance of Relationships – Whanaungatanga

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

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Maori Language week 

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 

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Our Interdisciplinary Learning story

  At Whangaparaoa College, a few of us have been chatting about the possibility of trialing interdisciplinary learning in 2018. For a while, I have been pondering how we could make this happen without too much disruption to the timetable. After a fruitful lunchtime conversation with my friend and colleague, Debbie Culliford, the light went… Continue reading Our Interdisciplinary Learning story

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Leadership evaluation

Do I ask my faculty to evaluate my leadership or not? This question niggled at me for a week or two before I did anything about it. My reasons for doing included getting some feedback on areas that I was unaware that I needed to work on. I also wanted confirmation that I was doing… Continue reading Leadership evaluation

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Can we truly personalise learning?

I have a dream! A vision of learners who are excited to come to school and learn because they have chosen what they will learn about and how they will do it. Their learning is totally personalised. If I was at school today I would want to learn how to form a rock band, write… Continue reading Can we truly personalise learning?