The first school we visited was Vaaralampi Primary School situated 3km form the city centre. It was actually a shared site with another primary school and an adult education centre. Vaaralampi was actually being rebuilt. The school had 360 students. 18 classes of 7 to 12 year old. remembering that school starts at 7 years … More Finland 2018 #3
On to Finland then and, in particular, Rovaniemi the capital city of Lapland, above the Arctic circle and yes very cold. As these photos show, the city was certainly living up to its claim of being Santa’s home town. The temperatures fell as low as -17 which was certainly a shock to the system. I … More Finland 2018 #2
During the recent Summer holiday period I was fortunate enough to be able to join 117 educators from 21 countries to attend the LIFE 2018 education conference in Finland and get the chance to observe, first hand the Finnish education system that has gained so much international acclaim and attention over the last decade. It … More Finland 2018 #1
This is the transcript of my end of year prize giving speech. One year down, bring on 2018. Now we are one. A year ago there was no such thing as a Rolleston College prizegiving because there were no achievements to acknowledge and recognise. There was no such thing as a Rolleston College dramatic … More Now We Are One.
There has been quite a bit of media attention recently focused on the pros and cons of flexible learning environments. in Australia and New Zealand. The debate is a very valid one and is taking place globally. We have recently been visited by educators from Germany, USA and Australia , all of whom are engaged … More Research on Learning Environments
Last Monday evening we held a community evening to explain what learning would look like at Rolleston College next year and how what we are doing prepares our learners for NCEA and beyond. The main idea that I was wanting to convey was the fact that we have unacceptable levels of stress being experienced by … More NCEA Questions.
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.