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Hazel Owen's Blog – August 2015 Archive (8)

Cultural responsiveness: Student voice from the heart

This powerful post was shared by Manu Faaea-Semeatu, where she looks at a poem called "Voice" that she wrote last month and featured on her blog. Would be awesome to read your thoughts and reactions.

Manu writes" The principal of Holy Family School in Porirua - Chris Theobald (@The0bald) reached out to me on Twitter to ask if he could film two students reciting the poem. Enjoy!"…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 28, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Pakirehua: Teaching as Inquiry with a Māori world view

The wonderful Tessa Gray shared these resources from the VLN community ( I would like to on-share them here as I feel they are incredibly valuable.

Tessa writes: "Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin (Te Toi Tupu) in a webinar about…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 20, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

How to get 'fun' back into education

A rich and engaging resource created in Prezi by Maria Andersen (which really models some of the potential of the platform, and adds a certain texture to the 'message'). You could skip through this presentation, or spend hours exploring the multimedia (look out in particular for the…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 18, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

The benefits of reciprocity in mentoring

Simon Sinek answers, in this video, the question "at this moment in your life, where are you seeking advice and coaching?" Sinek notes how he is taking an approach to better balance mentor-mentee relationships in his life. Specifically, he chooses to mentor someone only if it is a reciprocal relationship, i.e. the mentee also plays a mentor role and vice versa.…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2015 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Publication from Association for Learning Technology (ALT)

Research in Learning Technology, the journal of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), has just published the following:

"Material matters for learning in virtual networks: A case study of a professional learning programme hosted in a Google+ online community" by Aileen Ackland and Ann Swinney …


Added by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Some of the benefits of peer coaching for teacher professional development

Recommended by Greg Carroll, this video has some real gems about the benefits of peer coaching to move beyond advocacy into inquiry. The speaker talks of how teachers working and planning together, while also offering support and asking questions, impacts teaching practice in ways that generic workshops don't. Also important was duration. Because the programme works over an extended period of time, there is time to trial, reflect and evaluate, then to tweak, and trial again.…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 15, 2015 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Involved or engaged: What's the difference?

A topic that seems to be gathering momentum in education at the moment is whether parents and communities should be involved...or engaged in their children's learning and place of learning.

One of the articles that is often referred to (and which was shared with me by both Suzi Gould and …


Added by Hazel Owen on August 12, 2015 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

A mentoring movement for different thinkers

Many learners are working with Dyslexia, ADHD, and other challenges that make it tough to learn in current education systems that are often designed to meet the needs of the 'average' student. (I'm not convinced that such a person exists, but that's another discussion.)

The speakers in this video are involved in a mentoring initiative in the United States that aims, through art and 'talking' to support learners who are different thinkers. It is a wonderful example of how openness,…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 10, 2015 at 22:59 — No Comments

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