Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is vital to engaging student voice.
A great way to do that is through reflection. Reflection is a process of looking back on an experience and deciphering the meaning of it. This post shares some activities to foster that process.
7 Student Voice Reflection Activities
There are several activities facilitators can use to foster reflection on student…
Not wanting to be too depressing, but natural disasters can affect anyone, anywhere. It is a positive outcome of the earthquakes in Christchurch to see a practical guide being written that suggests how institutions can prepare for such disasters...before they happen.
The earthquake of 22 February 2011 required Christchurch…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on February 24, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments
The Cambodia Charitable Trust (www.cctnz.org.nz) was established to break the poverty cycle through education. After 5 years of supporting education in rural Cambodia we were faced last year with a new challenge arising directly as a result of that support. Our focus had been to make sure a Primary School education was available to every child and was able to be achieved. Last year we were faced with the consequence of…Continue
Questions are part of our everyday lives, and it’s a challenge to communicate without them. If you have ever played those games where you have to communicate without any questions you know what a fundamental role they play. There are many types of questions, each of which has a different purpose, including (but not limited to) probing,…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments
So NS has gone...and I couldn't be happier...and nor could my team.
But this has left a bit of a dilemma that we have wrestled with all summer...what to do...I personally get the feeling ( and from my online communities of principals I don't think it is just me) that we are all having mixed feelings...we are ebullient to have the freedom to get back to what we know is best for kids and their whanau..but we also are a bit like sheep that have escaped the paddock..we are bouncing around…Continue
Added by joanna Wheway on February 20, 2018 at 20:13 — No Comments
Melanie Riwai-Couch works tirelessly with iwi especially around iwi and whānau 'voice'.
Melanie is from a bicultural marriage at a time when it was unusual, and when her parents split, her father brought her up. Growing up with strong Māori roots gave her an interesting perspective on life. She lives and works in Ngāi Tahu, but does not claim Ngāa Tahu in her…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on February 18, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments
From the 1980's media educators in New Zealand, without government sanction but with very strong collegial support, focused on helping students develop the skills to analyse and critique a rapidly proliferating mass media. As media production gear became affordable and accessible, students were able to make and…Continue
One of my schools has experimented with embedding a Padlet wall onto their blog, so I thought this is a good opportunity to post about this very versatile tool.
What is Padlet?
Padlet (padlet.com) is a free web-based application, you might have known it as Wallwisher previously. It is an online wall where you can place sticky notes. Depending on what privacy settings you choose you can have…
Job markets continue to become more and more globally connected. College students today need to be aware that not only do they need to compete with job seekers locally but internationally as well. Thanks to technology we are becoming more and more connected with one another and companies located in one country can easily manage employees in a country thousands of miles away. Many college students choose to attend higher education because that can be that thing makes them stand out from other…Continue
So it is term 1 2018....I haven't posted since mid term 4 2017...I have no idea how we have sped through the months...but we have!
Last year i started my dream job...leading learning at my own school..a huge honour since I have only been qualified for 7 years.
In my teaching career I have health with huge highs and severe lows...to be honest more lows than highs...and I think it is the lows that taught me the most....they taught me about the huge dedication and passion that…Continue
Added by joanna Wheway on February 7, 2018 at 20:38 — No Comments
You always expect a lot and have to be happy when even not a lot is what comes out.
I recently used a video from the University of Idaho about OWN: Outcomes Within Navigation, a device from the blog provider Wordpress that allows students and other people interested to create their own eportfolio.
Well, of course, the students did not quite understand the whole video…Continue
Here's an interesting article in discussing the impact of screens on the developing mind. Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist who talks about the dangers of TVs for children, is quoted as saying, "... ideally, quite frankly, with children, wait as long as possible before they use technology for too many hours. There will be intellectual advantages…Continue
being proactive and being responsive
pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river
knowing what the next graceful step is and sorting through the too-many alternatives
soaring along on the currents of wind like a hawk and chopping down trees like a beaver…Continue
Added by John S. Oliver on February 4, 2018 at 15:39 — No Comments