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VLN Primary Online Programmes 2018

Just keeping you all updated in what is coming up for learners in the VLN Primary in 2018. Please share!

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2018.

There are a wide range of…


Added by Rachel Whalley on November 22, 2017 at 16:33 — No Comments

Education under discussion: Links between professional development and helping to lift student 'achievement'?

In this podcast (that was shared by Mike Preece), some key points arise about providing learning opportunities across all sociocultural groups in New particular those who are facing socio-economic disadvantages. The link between provision of professional development and shifts in student achievement are discussed, and it was recognised that it is tough to demonstrate this shift…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 22, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Three types of mentor, and five types of role they play

I am often asked - what is a mentor? Or, what is the difference between a mentor and a coach...and does it matter?

Conor Neill, in the video below, outlines his thoughts about what a mentor comprises, and why we might need them in our lives. 

Conor suggest that there are 3 types of mentor:

  • Sponsor,
  • Guide and
  • Coach

He goes on to describe 5 types of role that…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 18, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Caught in the anxiety cycle? Find out what to do...

Are you ever pulled into that cycle of anxiety - that 'what if...' cycle that makes your stomach churn and your heart beat faster? If yes, you may well find the following resource of interest.

Dr Neha frames the video up as something that "will give you the structure you need to transform your anxiety and take your life back!", especially if  you are trapped in the cycle of…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 17, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments

The myth of 'remote working'

It is the goal of many people to work from home (aka telecommuting), while others revel in the opportunity to interact face-to-face. Both ways of working have their benefits, and both have their drawbacks.

In the blog post, There's no such thing as a…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 16, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Brain Overload- How We Can Help Our Minds in Busy Times

Our brains are amazing organs that allows us to sort, organise and build information in such a way that makes planning and doing things easy.

However, even this incredible system needs a bit of TLC from time to time. If we don’t give ourselves time to close one box before we open another, then things can get mixed up, misinterpreted and even lost. If this continues, we…


Added by Sarah Whiting on November 15, 2017 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

What are two things coaching really needs?

While under discussion between coaching theorists and practitioners, there are some core competencies that most will agree contribute to being an effective coach. These core competencies are the ‘things a coach does’ before, during and after a coaching session, and comprise coaching knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour (Southern Institute of Technology,…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 15, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

Cascading Leadership Among Students

There's a challenge faced by schools around the world. As educators continue to grasp the necessity and potential of student engagement in education, they're challenged to rethinking old models of how that happened. 

In the past decade of my work, I concerned myself with identifying…


Added by Adam Fletcher on November 15, 2017 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

WizIQ Virtual Classroom Solution for Teaching & Learning

You may be looking for Virtual Classroom, Online Teaching or Training solutions.

My name is Vinay (Business Development Manager), and I would like to tell you more about WizIQ, which was awarded the World’s Best Virtual Classroom Provider in Global E-Learning Awards.

What are the other features WizIQ Offers?

To enhance the educational E-Learning and training process, WizIQ provides you…


Added by Vinay Kumar on November 10, 2017 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

What's new online learning in NZ primary schools

Here is our latest newsletter:

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi - Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

Welcome back to Term four.  A busy time for our rural schools with Calf & Lamb Day season in full swing. I am enjoying all the pictures from…


Added by Rachel Whalley on November 8, 2017 at 16:22 — No Comments

Consider this Alternative to Yoga

I like Qi Gong better than yoga.

There are many Qi Gong videos on Youtube and these are the ones I like best and use.

I especially like the ones by Lee Holden.

These and others like it on Qi Gong are available for FREE at Youtube.

Imagine how these simple and gracious movements can help those with stressful jobs like teachers, police officers,…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 7, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Free, short, online courses available for you

Are you looking for a short, online course to study...and that is, even better, free? Open2Study has an interesting variety of courses from which to choose, including subjects as diverse as:


Added by Hazel Owen on October 30, 2017 at 11:49 — No Comments

Thinking in new ways, and developing new understandings

In the places I work, there is a requirement for innovation, responsiveness, and a comfort with change that often calls for “a culture shift: a new environment in which the majority … think in new ways, develop new skills and have new understandings of themselves as professionals” (Bolstad, & Gilbert, 2012, p. 43). As such, there is sometimes an uneasy…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 30, 2017 at 11:26 — No Comments

20 Gross & Gruesome Facts about Human Body

Due to the success of our last infographic of weird and wonderful health and body facts we decided to do another one. But this time, with Halloween rapidly approaching, we decided to home in on the more grisly facts to make your toes curl and your stomach churn.

We don't want to give away too many spoilers but who would have guessed that we all have hundreds of tiny critters living in our eyelashes. Yes,…


Added by Ellie Summers on October 26, 2017 at 4:00 — 1 Comment

Internet Safety for Kids and Teens

Internet Safety is an extremely important topic in the modern environment. 

Keeping your family safe online is becoming more and more difficult. New mums and dads are having a hard time keeping up with technology and making sure their children are safe online.

In this internet safety guide, we walk through parents through every important aspect so that they can take the right steps when it comes to their…


Added by Peter S on October 23, 2017 at 20:28 — 1 Comment

Investigating my values and how they influence my work.

I went through a process with my mentor to assess my values (personal and professional) and align them to my work, or at least see if they aligned. It was about ‘finding me in my work’.  It was about accepting who I am and having these values to guide my practice so I can arrive at the destination as me!

 I recognise that these values would have been completely different 20 years ago. I am now at a place and time in my life both professionally and personally that I no longer have to…


Added by Rick Whalley on October 23, 2017 at 11:00 — 4 Comments

Coaching for everyone, not just leadership

When we created Cyma Limited, my business partners and I set out from the very start to do things differently. We wanted to find interesting and innovative ways to differentiate ourselves from our competitors - those organisations that we compete with for work and those we compete with for employees.

Finding the right people to join the team has been one of the hardest…


Added by John Owen on October 20, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

ShEO venture applications are open: Do you have a business idea?

You may have seen the recent post What does business look like when driven and funded by women? SheEO is now active in Aotearoa New Zealand, and if you have a business idea you now have the opportunity to apply for one of the low-interest loans, while being supported…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 17, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

"All I want is a Good Life"

When asked the question “If you could have anything you wanted, be anything you wanted, do anything you want, tell me what would your life look like?” One student replied “all I want is a good life.” For me that sums up what we all want for the students we work with.

At the end of the MAPS (Making Action Plans) session all the participants at the meeting, including the facilitators were asked to give a word or phrase to describe how they felt.…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on October 14, 2017 at 17:22 — 1 Comment

Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook

You may be familiar with the amazing work done by Adam Fletcher and his work around student voice, and his keen interest in personal engagement in education for K-12 students, as well as adult learners.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 13, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

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