Masters Sprints 11-14

Sprint 11 Place Based Education Amy Demerest suggests that we can take questions and shape them from subject questions into place-based questions. When we do this we start to combine place and pedagogy. Some example subject-distinct essential questions that can be shifted to Place-based essential questions are: How do birds survive?Becomes...What do our birds need …

Masters Sprints 5-10

Sprint 5 Sharing, showcasing evidence As part of developing self determined learners, I have re-introduced student run websites. They use their websites to gather their evidence of work, and showcase their understanding. Having started my own journey of double loop reflections a while back (2012) I am very pleased to feel that this approach is …

Reflections on the Curriculum Progress Tools

In a previous blog post I said my next steps with the Learning Progressions Framework (LPF) and Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) would be to work with a diverse group of college teachers. We have met weekly and I thought it would be good to round the year off with a reflective post. Initial steps …

The importance of the Treaty of Waitangi Principle

This year, more than ever before, I've been going back to the original documents that underpin our curriculum. Like the New Zealand Curriculum document, the LPFs (Learning Progressions Framework) and the PaCT tool. We have key principles and values that should drive all that we do in our classes. One of the principles, foundational to …

Feeling redundant in your own classroom?

If you've been involved in project based learning, or problem based learning, or any student led inquiry, you will know the feeling I mean. You're in the class, but feel surplus to needs. Students have the guidelines; they have the learning goals; they have the tools to get them there. And this may not include …