Teaching as Inquiry: Plan for 2017

This video reflects my TaI plan. Mindlab has been so worthwhile as the assignments we have had to complete have been relevant to our practice and topical. This year I will continue to look at how blended learning and student agency affects, not only grades, but also enjoyment and engagement in my class. TRANSCRIPT DEFINE …

Refining my teaching practice

“Reflective practice is challenging, demanding and a trying process.” (Osterman and Kottkamp, 1993) If they had added enjoyable, informative and rewarding, it could have been a definition for the Mind Lab programme. For 32 weeks, you are constantly looking at what you do and reflecting on how you could do it better, with students at the …

Crossing boundaries and making connections

If the interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning has been around for decades, why have we not embraced it? And what’s the goal? Mathison and Freeman (1997) said that the goal is to help students synthesise discrete information and connect knowledge to everyday needs, applying learning methods to real life situations. To do this, connected …

How social media helps teachers grow

The key aspect to social media is that little catch phrase: User Generated Content or UGC. This gives us, the users, immense power. But we know what some people will do with power. (Source: Image from this website) So while social media is an incredible tool for teaching and professional development (PD), there are certain drawbacks and …

Ethics of a teacher

The teaching profession has for decades been seen as a moral activity, with teachers being publicly accountable. An individual teacher’s actions reflect directly on the profession and we have a moral obligation to have high ethical standards. This is because we are dealing with young, often vulnerable people. But unlike years ago, the hierarchical structure …

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness I have long been a firm believer that teaching, at its core, rests on building positive relationships with our students. Bishop said that culturally responsive pedagogy can be equated to “Caring and Learning Relationships.” He also defined the culturally responsive teacher as being agentic. One who builds relationships with his …

Climate, culture and context

SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS OF COMMUNITY According to Elizabeth Warner  the culture of a school is different to the climate. The climate indicates how a school feels, while culture indicates how the school does things, its values and traditions. Orewa College is set in the relaxed beachside town of Orewa, 30 minutes north of Auckland. We are …

Defining my Practice

IDENTIFY COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Wenger suggests that Communities of Practice (CoP) have been around since the beginning of history, and he’s right. We are bound together by “joint enterprise” and tend to want to make our contribution. We interact and build trusting relationships with the members of our community. And we develop a “shared repertoire” …