I had one of those ‘moments’ late last term, well actually I had several. I was in the fortunate position to be able to co- teach a class with one of my colleagues and was pleased to realise that I still had much to learn as an educator and was able to professionally grow as … More Doodling For Change.
First and foremost I must say that I have an intense dislike of the term ‘Modern Learning Environment,’ I find it to be almost meaningless and counter productive to what is a very important broader debate. In fact in many ways I think we have set the parameters for the debate about learning environments incorrectly. … More The Modern Learning Environment Debate.
I recently read a very heartening article in the New Zealand Herald [October 4]. The article presented the findings of research undertaken by Otago University [Wellington] around teenage participation in at risk behaviours. The researcher looked at teenage participation in a number of at risk behaviours and came up with some interesting trends when comparing … More Weapons of Mass Kindness.
Over the school holiday break I came across, for the first time, Steven Covey’s Big Rocks analogy. Put simply this analogy explains how our lives are made up of big rocks, pebbles and sand. Big rocks are the really important aspects of our lives, the pebbles are also important but less so and the sand … More Big Rocks.
The dawn of every new term brings the prospect of new challenges and new opportunities and, as we look forward to Term 4 of our first year, the opportunities that lie before us are not only relate to the rest of this year but are also linked to preparing for 2018 and the challenges of … More Be Brave, Be Kind.
It is the first day of the school holidays, it is a beautiful sunny Canterbury day and Langhorne Slim is the music of choice. It is a nice day to be in at school, it is quiet and almost tranquil. A great day to catch up on the numerous jobs that don’t quite get finished … More Learner Invasion.
Over the course of this year we have selected a small number of art works [in some cases the term ‘art’ can only be used in the most general sense] that we have framed and hung around the school because we believe that they either indicate an important aspect/event in our history or because they … More Art For a Purpose.
There is always a danger about referencing any external perspective as it could be perceived that you totally endorse all that is said or written. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this Ted Talk but I do find it refreshingly straight forward, clear and lucid. It is American but still it provides a very … More The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools.
Recently I was involved in a conversation about what success actually physically looks like. We are used to measuring success by figures and graphs and quantitative data but we are coming to realize that it has another dimension that is also important. This is the more qualitative dimension where success is a more abstract … More What Does Success Look Like?
As part of the ongoing self and systems review and reflection that we go through here at Rolleston College we have recently tested how we are going at providing a learner centred learning environment. Being learner centred is a concept that we mention often and spend time discussing so it was natural to reflect on … More Reviewing a Learner Centred Approach.