ADE 2020 Leadership Workshop

In late March 2020, Covid-19 sent New Zealand into full lockdown. Of course this has been the case across the globe, with us looking to each other to try to discover the best approach. It was unlike anything we had ever experienced, and while we were on a rollercoaster of emotions, most of us sprung …

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 …

Teaching as Inquiry: Data and Evidence

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ― Margaret Mead With this quote in mind I approached this term with the strong desire to continue to push my students beyond the limits they put on themselves. The hunch for my TAI was based on learning dispositions and learning mindsets. I have a …

Teaching as Inquiry: First Spiral

Learner agency is embedded in The New Zealand Curriculum key competencies as “the capabilities that young people need for growing, working, and participating in their communities. "The school curriculum should challenge students to use and develop the competencies across the range of learning areas and in increasingly complex and unfamiliar situations” NZC, Ministry of Education, 2007, p. …

Developing my teaching as inquiry approach

The Teaching as Inquiry (TAI) model is designed to improve both the delivery of content, and the experience for the students. In essence, TAI is a process that encourages teachers to change their practice in order to enhance success for all students. My TAI aim is to raise awareness of the complexity that students can …

Exam Results 2017: Reaching for Excellence

These results reflect the hard work and tenacity of a fantastic group of students. They link to my Teaching as Inquiry post but as that post was rather long, I have decided to analyse their results in a new post. Although these students were enrolled in three external exams, I strongly suggested to both them and their …

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 …

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 …