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May 2017 Blog Posts (18)

Teachers’ metacognition: the influence of changes from a deficit to a developmental approach to assessment

Alejarndra Martinez is a psychologist has been working with teachers, initially in rural Chile. She is interested in how teachers view themselves as learners. Currently working on her PhD at the University of Melbourne  Alejandra has been working in professional learning teams, to investigate links between courses and students' outcomes.

One of the focus was to move thinking about…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 25, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Yes I can...who would you be?

Who would you be? What would you do?

Channel 4 in the UK have released this video for their Paralympics coverage ahead of the Games in Rio. The video features a variety of people playing musical instruments, taking part in sporting events, and completing everyday tasks.

I found it a strong statement about…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 24, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Happiness is what you think life gives you...

Shared by the wonderful Leigh Hynes, I watched this video on a day when I most needed it. As well as being incredibly moving, it also shares the tough journey of how one man came to terms with the loss of his young son. He focuses on being grateful - and on the idea that “Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time. It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it".

Watching the video turned my day around (thank you Leigh xx) - see what it does…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 23, 2017 at 10:28 — No Comments

Untapped Resource

In the book I'm Feeling Lucky, Douglas Edwards relates the…

Added by Kern Kelley on May 23, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Designing learning that matters? How might shift in understanding be captured?

Sarah Martin (Principal) and Chris Bradbeer (Associate Principal) have been with Stonefields School since it opened (it is pretty new, and only opened its gates in Feb 2011). One of their key foci has been the curriculum and with an aim to measure shift when changes are…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 22, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Cell Phone


I talk into the bottom of this wee box.

At the top of the box the voice of my brother responds.

He lives hundreds of miles away.

I hear him as well as if he was across from the dining table.


One time per month an affordable bill is sent to each of us.

We can do this again next month if certain protocols are followed.


My super huge telecom company sends an electronic bill to me.



Added by John S. Oliver on May 21, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

The danger of a single story

We all are guilty of making assumptions and draw conclusion based on first impressions or partial pieces of information. However, this video, encourages us to stop, think and consider the need for multiple perspectives or stories to develop a well round understanding of the world and situations around us. 

As you watch the video, consider how this might impact on your own interactions with others and the world around you:…


Added by Sarah Whiting on May 20, 2017 at 22:04 — No Comments

Success and Potential

{Be warned, more questions here than answers. As in most my posts, this comes from the heart and from 15 years in the NZ education system - but I feel I never have enough time to truly get to the bottom of other people's ideas and research that influence my thinking so I am thankful for anyone who can 'put the record straight' or help me answer some of my questions.}

In education in New Zealand there is a lot of talk about success and potential. Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success - is… Continue

Added by Monika Kern on May 20, 2017 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Growing a diverse workplace through coaching

Workplaces where there is a clear recognition of the specific benefits of diversity - that are inclusive and respectful of people’s differences (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, geographic background, education, economic background and thinking and communication styles, SIT, n.d.) - have been shown to have higher levels of employee satisfaction and retain…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

From CORE Education: Grants that advance Māori from early years through to secondary

If you are involved in any way with education of Māori in the Early years through to secondary sector, you are likely to be…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

I Do Not Genuflect

Brain, Mind, Body and Spirit

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, A.C.T, MCC, SCAC

My introduction to the EthosConsultancy…


Added by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie on May 18, 2017 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Think before it's too late (Edward de Bono)

It is really different to convince people that thinking is important. Thinking needs to be practical rather than political, and focussed on 'what's next' rather than what has been. According to Edward de Bono, "world thinking cannot solve world problems because world thinking is itself the problem. And this is only getting worse" (…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

Looking for balance in your life: The wheel of life

The coaching wheel is a tool used in coaching, for a wide range of reasons (you can find out more about some of the uses in this post - 'Which solution is best for you?'). The wheel of life, for example, can help you look at how you are balancing aspects of your life, based on things that are important to you. Completing the wheel can offer a visual way to see where things may be out…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 12, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

What every teacher should have...

Cross blogged from my Hynessight blog.

What every teacher in NZ should have. Digitally speaking!

This is my list of ICT tools that every teacher must have, in every class, in every school.

1. A RSS reader like Google reader to collect new articles from webites that they like

2. A digital…

Added by Leigh Hynes on May 10, 2017 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Alternative approaches to the standard conference 'lecture'? Please?

I am in a session, and I have decided to change the name of the presenter and not mention the title (but this person is an invited speaker). I read the overview of the session beforehand and was hooked. I turned up early to the session to make sure I had a seat. The presenter kicked off by introducing himself and then setting the scene for the session. Then, he took a…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 9, 2017 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism - what are learners already doing?

The article, App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism, was shared by Patrick Pink (here). Patrick explains that the article "gives some app ideas around language and assisting…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Twitter basics at a glance + part 2 for more advanced users

Really liked the clarity and simplicity of these attractive resources, which the Daring Librarian describes as follows: "An at a glance cheat sheet, feel free to pass along, use, post all under Creative Commons - Share Alike!".

Twitter - Part one

To access the full size image click…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 6, 2017 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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