Category Archives: Effective practice

Posts about and conversations around sharing effective practice.

Creative writing with Year 10

Creative writing in school can often be formulaic…you teach this, the students learn this, and then they write a story. Tamara decided to change the format. Building on an idea from Primary (Tamara is in the secondary sector), the story … Continue reading

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Reaching over 30 countries and 25 million learners: I can + design thinking

This inspirational video illustrates very clearly what an incredible responsibility we have as educators. A reaction can undermine a learner’s confidence, and leave them with an “I can’t response” if we’re not really careful. However, sometimes from set backs, great … Continue reading

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A free guide to Youth Engagement in the Economy

Adam Fletcher’s willingness to share his expertise, his drive to support youth, and his ability to challenge entrenched thinking, never fail to inspire me! So, it was great to find that Adam had been working hard to write and make … Continue reading

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Different lenses on assessment: Working with a strengths-based approach

Assessment is always a hot topic, whether you are involved in formal education or other forms of learning and upskilling. This webinar session, facilitated by Manu Faaea-Semeatu and Nadell Karatea-Kokiri, focussed on how we can re-think and re-shape assessment. In … Continue reading

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Innovation and learning…against the odds

Barriers are often thrown in place when eLearning is mentioned. Access, cost of owning a device, safety…the list goes on. However, when solutions are sought to issues, rather than accepting what may appear to be the insurmountable status quo, learners … Continue reading

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We want our kids to want to go to school: Iwi and whānau speak

Melanie Riwai-Couch opened the Te Toi Tupu hui by talking a little bit about the work she is doing with iwi. A lot of the things she is looking it is around iwi and whānau ‘voice’. Melanie is from a … Continue reading

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Internet TV channel accessible to the visually impaired

I hadn’t really appreciated what it must be like to be able to hear the audio and not hook into the visual context of videos, movies, and TV shows. The closest I come is the frustration when I am out … Continue reading

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How planting trees is a bit like ‘teaching’

I was talking to a delightful lady from Northern Ireland the other day, who is on retreat for 3 months in New Zealand. We got to talking about how important it was to take some time away from all the … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Virtual Fieldtrips (LEARNZ) for students

Barrie Matthews (LEARNZ Project/Technical Manager) facilitated this session (with Vicki Hagenaars – a classroom teacher extraordinaire with a focus on digital based learning – also sharing some of her experiences). The session  covered the benefits of Virtual Fieldtrips, looking at pedagogies, and encouraging … Continue reading

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Your thoughts about timetabling…?

The whole notion of the tyranny of the timetable and how it can stifle learning is quite a popular one – see for example Enslaved by timetable tyranny. There are many ideas discussed in the article, a couple of which included: … Continue reading

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