I must admit to finding the potential offered to us in the current NCEA review to be something not only very important but also very exciting. I do have one concern though. I fear that we are about to go down the same path that we have already gone down. A path that led to … More NCEA vs Learning.
There is one aspect of the current national debate around the future of education and the nature of our assessment system that is disturbing me. There seems to be a trend amongst some participants [media and educators] in this important debate to define educators as being in one of two opposing camps. All too often … More The Disturbing Debate.
As a new school we get many visitors. There are two questions that always seem to come up. They are normally very politely worded but the essence of them is as follows. Question 1. This integration stuff, that will never work will it? Question 2. All of this is fine for the junior school but … More Integration, It Will Never Work.
This blog was never actually intended to be posted here. It was an article written last year for a magazine to show how learners can be truly creative when given license to be so. It seems that the magazine in question is in a bit of a hiatus so I thought I would post it … More Doodling for Change #2.
I still vividly remember the staff meeting when I first saw Ken Robinson’s famous Ted Talk on creativity in schools [or lack of]. I still remember going from a slouched, semi focused state to an upright, alert one. I well remember how almost magically clouds seemed to clear, birds seemed to sing and the purpose … More Sir Ken Robinson
Before Rolleston College opened we realised that there was a need to have some anchors. that would provide our base core vision as we developed. Some core values and concepts that we could return to would serve to secure us and refocus us. Some key concepts that defined who we were and who we … More Wolves.
It is always nice to start off the year with a positive little story. This blog is about what may seem like a small story but is one that I find quite symbolic and a good example of learner power and learner ownership. When we developed the vision of the school we developed a series … More Learner Power.
So having had a week now to reflect on my visit to Lapland and now that I am back in New Zealand preparing for the start of the school year what are my overall impressions and learnings? I guess there are five big ideas that sum up my Finnish Experience. Feed the mind. Free school … More Finland 2018 #6
The last school visited was a Vocational College for 16 to 19 year olds. This particular campus was one of 6 REDU schools in Lapland and had a current role of 1200. The geography of Lapland meant that e-learning platforms and links were an integral part of learning. In Finland upper secondary education splits and … More Finland 2018 #5
The next morning we visited Korkalovaara Comprehensive Secondary School. In New Zealand this would be a junior High School. 720 students and 60 teachers. Average class size was 20. There were 20 non teaching support staff and 3 senior leaders. Lessons were between 60 and 90 minutes long, there was between 18 to 25 hours … More Finland 2018 #4