Rites of Passage

Published on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

I am really excited that tomorrow is our daughters Matariki – mid winter festival. This time two years ago I wrote an article for the Teachers Matter Magazine about the power of having rites of passage built within the school system. Here is an extract from that article… Last term my daughter’s school celebrated the winter solstice, […]

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Watching TV – is it helping or hindering social interaction?

Published on Saturday, June 14th, 2014

When my husband and I purchased the home we currently live in, there was a TV in nearly every room. From the dining table you could see three! In total the house had seven television sets. We only have one TV in our house… and I wondered if this was unusual and/or whether I was being an old fashioned […]

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Switching Places – seeing school from the student perspective

Published on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A colleague recently posted a video from Burr and Burton Academy, a Vermont High School in the US called Student For A Day Project.  It was an unusual experiment where teachers became a student for a day. Each teacher was assigned a timetable for the day, including their student parking space and what time they should arrive […]

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What will be your legacy?

Published on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

It was only this last weekend that I became aware of a quote by Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou sadly passed away today and suddenly I am surrounded by her wonderful quotes on several social media platforms. I’m not sure where I have been over the past few decades to not come across her work and philosophy as from what I have […]

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11 Ways to Promote Persistence

Published on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Persistence is the ability to stick to a task, especially when the going gets tough. It is being able to hang in there and keep going when a task becomes challenging, never giving up and keeping on going. Do your students say often say, “It’s too hard,” so they don’t have to think any further? […]

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Transformational Learning

Published on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

In 1977 Ilya Prigogene was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in the field of Thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics states when things are left alone in our universe, it will eventually go to disorder and chaos. For example, when a tree falls in the forest, it will eventually rot and decay. […]

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12 ways to add more movement into your classroom

Published on Saturday, February 8th, 2014

For thousands of years the human body has been walking, sleeping, leaning, running, doing or squatting. As Howard Gardner states, “I believe in action and activity. The brain learns best and retains most when the organism is actively involved in exploring physical sites and materials and asking questions to which it actually craves the answers. […]

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