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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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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?

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Year 9 Priority Learner Progress

Have I seen any improvement in the learning/behaviour of my PLs so far this year? I have 9 priority learners in my year 9 English class, there were 11 but 2 have been moved to a different class. They comprise of a mixture of Maori, Pasifika and Pakeha learners whose curriculum level ability range from… Continue reading Year 9 Priority Learner Progress

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Committing to bi-cultural practice

I had a discussion with my colleague, Christine Emery, about the use of Te Reo and tikanga in teaching and learning last year. Christine commented, and I agreed, that we could do more at Whangaparaoa College. The last ERO report supported this observation. Teachers would benefit from more closely aligning their professional inquiry to the… Continue reading Committing to bi-cultural practice