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Changes in my practice

Completing the Mindlab course has been an amazing journey and I have learnt about and been challenged by many new ideas. This has led to some changes in my teaching practice, some of which are the inclusion of gamification and the adoption of transformational leadership. Classcraft Although I found writing the literature review very challenging,… Continue reading Changes in my practice

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Interdisciplinary Connections

The interdisciplinary approach is a team-taught enhancement of student performance, an integration of methodology and pedagogy, and a much needed lifelong learning skill. Interdisciplinary approach (2009). Goals At Whangaparaoa College each curriculum area has had its own paragraph structure acronym, these have included PEEL, SEXY, and TIE, to name a few. It was decided that… Continue reading Interdisciplinary Connections

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Blogging for Professional Development

The social media platform that best supports my engagement with professional development is WordPress. Blogging is beneficial to me as it allows regular reflection on teaching and learning. Many posts discuss challenges and solutions based upon discussion with colleagues. This is a great way of being a reflective practitioner and processing information and thoughts. The act of… Continue reading Blogging for Professional Development

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The importance of Netiquette

Blogging and Twitter When I was teaching at Orewa College we introduced Twitter and blogging to our learners. I began using Twitter with the intention of it being a back channel to ask questions in class. However, my learners were a little immature and were soon making silly comments about each other so I had… Continue reading The importance of Netiquette

Demonstrate commitment to bicultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand. · Mindlab reflections · Respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga. · Work effectively within the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness

"...the most common positions taken by Maori students, their families and their school principals were those which identified classroom caring and learning relationships..." (Savage et al., 2011.) The relationships we develop with learners and their families is important. On this foundation, we can have high expectations of our learners. They are more likely to listen to… Continue reading Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness

Analyse and appropriately use assessment information, which has been gathered formally and informally. · Demonstrate commitment to promote the well-being of all ākonga · Mindlab reflections · Student Achievement Analysis · Use critical inquiry and problem-solving effectively in their professional practice.

Contemporary Trends and Issues

Big Data "‘Big Data’ and the use of analytics can provide insights into some of the gnarly challenges associated with improving equity and excellence."(Data-driven organisations, 2016) According to Core Education, the use of Big data and analytics is a contemporary trend that is influencing education in New Zealand and internationally. This can be seen with… Continue reading Contemporary Trends and Issues

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Current Issues in my Professional Context

Organisational Culture Whangaparaoa College caters for years 7-13 and has been in operation for 10 years. As part of their job application, our principals completed a Myers-Briggs personality test to ensure there was a balance of personality styles and skills. Recommendations from the Curriculum Stocktake (2002) were also considered, in particular, the review and refining of… Continue reading Current Issues in my Professional Context

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My Community of Practice

“Communities of practice," a term coined by Etienne Wenger, is explained as: “groups of people who share a concern or a passion or about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interaction on an ongoing basis” (Wenger, McDermott & Snyder, 2002, p.4). Communities of practice interact and learn together.… Continue reading My Community of Practice

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Recognising and celebrating TRUMP

   How might teachers’ strengths in developing capabilities in thinking, using language, symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others, and participating and contributing, be recognised and celebrated? 1. An inquiry into the explicit use of TRUMP could be one way of looking at developing capabilities in this area to see what impact it had… Continue reading Recognising and celebrating TRUMP

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20th vs 21st Century Skills

How do 20th century and 21st century skills differ?  As a student in the 20th century I recall that my education was largely about learning facts and content that would be regurgitated at a later stage to prove that I had learnt something. I vividly remember sitting in many classes simply copying notes from a… Continue reading 20th vs 21st Century Skills