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 …

Curriculum Progress Tools

I was fortunate to attend a hui run by the ministry in their Wellington offices on Friday, 6 March. Besides loving any excuse to visit our capital city, I found the day to be both informative and incredibly useful for planning our way forward with the curriculum progress tools. As a Kāhui Ako we have …

Boys and writing

  I attended professional development on the weekend, along with some of my primary school Kāhui Ako colleagues. The only reason we gave up time on a Saturday was because the theme was so topical. I don't feel like my boys have a massive obstacle to writing, but it is something that we are consistently …

Worldwide ADE Institute 2018: Texas

This year there were 371 educators from 38 countries represented in Austin. The temperature in Texas exceeded 35 degrees on most days. On others, it climbed to 40. Not that we would’ve noticed because we were grinding away on our projects in the sometimes rather chilly air conditioned rooms. Regardless of temperatures, it is always …

Teacher agency and the digital curriculum

At our school we are really consciously giving students more agency. I have found that this flexible, student centric approach optimises productivity for many students. Giving choice often promotes ownership. Surely you've got to own the work if you chose to do it? But what about the teachers? Where is our agency? Are we freed …

Reflections on Orewa Kāhui Ako Conference 2018

There is nothing like a conference to invigorate you to start the year. This year we held our inaugural Orewa Kāhui Ako: Community of Learning Conference. It was attended by staff from all six schools in our community, with nearly 300 people taking part. Our keynote speaker was Derek Wenmoth who challenged thinking about the …