Reflections from NAPP PLG 2

Being very honest, I have not done nearly enough for NAPP since the Hui in the holidays. There have been so many other things to do (Oh my goodness ALL the things) that it just kept getting put into the next week pile. EVERY WEEK. When the PLG day rolled around, my first thought wasContinue reading “Reflections from NAPP PLG 2”

Taking a risk with a mixed level class

Last year when subject choices were being made, I crossed a wee professional line. A complete blunder had been made (IMO). L3 PE had been put in the same line as L3 Chemistry. About 7 really good kids wanted to do to both. I told them (much to the displeasure of some… I got aContinue reading “Taking a risk with a mixed level class”

Purposeful play

Lately I have been thinking about how to describe my ‘classroom practice’ that has a positive impact on my students – for an interview/article if you are interested in why I would think about such things so explicitly. It has also been appraisal docs time, and report writing time, and at the moment I justContinue reading “Purposeful play”

TELA, or not to TELA?

This post was originally published in the May edition on the PPTA News magazine. If you are interested, there are some updates and other concerns at the bottom of the post. I would love any thoughts or feedback. I am most seriously displeased…. With the TELA laptop scheme. It is a fact universal acknowledged thatContinue reading “TELA, or not to TELA?”

Reflections from #educampScience

Now that a week has passed, the dust has settled and I have been laid up with a cold (serves me right for flying about the country and having to many late nights) I have finally made some time to reflect on educampScience. It took a lot of thinking, a lot of stressing (and moreContinue reading “Reflections from #educampScience”

Reflections from NAPP HUI

A week ago I attended the NAPP hui as part of the national aspiring principals program. It was an amazing few days that have really challenged my thinking and what I am trying to achieve as an educator. Finding the WHY was the theme that reoccurred for me over the 2 days. For me, theContinue reading “Reflections from NAPP HUI”

Playing along with gamification

Gamification is a word I don’t like very much. It has been used a lot in an educational context (simply searching gamification in education gave over 1 million hits) around making learning more: fun; engaging; relevant; real life contexts etc. I have yet to decide whether for me it means actually building games, or just utilising games inContinue reading “Playing along with gamification”

Fly away…. as long as you come back some day

I have this super awesome song from fly my pretties on repeat in my head. It has got wedged in my head with the news that not one, not two but three (THREE) people I have a lot of time for are leaving New Zealand classrooms for ‘brighter shores’. All have told me in theContinue reading “Fly away…. as long as you come back some day”