ADE 2020 REFLECTIONS

July is the time when ADEs get together to share, collaborate and inspire each other. And to be inspired by the ADE programme. I feel privileged to have been to institutes since 2015. We all predicted that 2020 was going to be a bumper year given that the ADE programme is in its 25th year. …

How to Sketchnote with Sylvia Duckworth

We had the awesome pleasure to host Sylvia Duckworth at our school this week. Sometimes in life, when you really look forward to something, the reality is a disappointment. Not so with this workshop. It was informative, relaxing. inspiring and engaging. Sylvia not only let us into her sketchnoting world in easy incremental steps, she also shared …

Reflections on uLearn18/ uAko18

This year I am pleased to say that Orewa Kāhui Ako was well represented at uLearn18. We had 17 delegates from across the community, two presentations and one fantastic gala dinner. Across school leaders presented on the journey we have  covered so far. And Fleur Knight from Orewa College presented with several students included in 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 …

ADE 2015 Institute Revealed

ADE Class of 2015 My friend Chris Wells, who also happens to be a collegue, and I were fortunate enough to be accepted as Apple Distinguished Educators, class of 2015. This meant that we could go to the institute in Singapore and these are my observations. The professional development and personal growth we experienced was priceless. …

The P Word

Yes, I'm talking about PUNCTUATION. That little loved punctuation lesson that gets English teachers hot under the collar. i love apostrophe's. Aargh! Capital letter for I. And don't add an apostrophe every time you see an s at the end of a word. "Don't get me started on direct speech!" she screeched.  Love it or …

How does the use of Ako and mentoring/facilitating at senior level improve results?

This is our department TAI. It'll be interesting to see how the students respond to project based learning And mentoring and if their results do in fact improve.Two questions that have been posed:What does the driving question focus on?It looks at mentoring and the need for time for students to develop their work. The driving …

Differentiation extends to teachers’ PD sessions

Our staff and students are on the blogging journey with WordPress being the preferred blog site. We have been dividing the PD sessions into two groups to work on and develop our own blogs. But on reflection, we feel that the PD groups were too large to be effective. So what is plan B? Differentiate! …