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July 2017 Blog Posts (15)

Values, Youth and the Bloodless Revolution

The programme “Whats Next” that ran in on TVNZ over 5 nights recently touched upon the importance of values in what happens in everyday life, in what we think about the past, and the present and the future. Values drive action or inaction on the issues that matter most, and even in those that seem quite trivial. The programme received mixed reviews but probably came out more on the positive side than the negative.  A good overall review appeared in the …


Added by Paul Keown on July 31, 2017 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Ask Don't Tell

I hear a lot of questions from teachers about how they can develop learner agency and also how to foster an inquiry disposition in students. On the flipside, and surprisingly sometimes from the same teachers, I hear questions along the lines of:

What should I call my reading groups?

Our big topic next term is change. What should I do around this?

We're doing inquiry next term, what are some topic ideas?

I find myself saying 3…


Added by Jan-Marie Kellow on July 28, 2017 at 12:01 — No Comments

X on My Calendar

My black marker makes a daily X on my wall calendar.


I like to know at a glance where I am in context of the month.

Days and weeks seem to blur together.

This simple action makes time become my personal graphic.


Rationally I know each day has 24 hours.

But emotionally time seems to change pace.

Some days and weeks seem faster than others.

That steady addition of another X is my objective pace car.


The truth is…


Added by John S. Oliver on July 26, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

One thought to rule them all: The most powerful force in the world

Kerry Spackman advises that if nothing changes you are wasting your time - and making a tiny difference, even if you don't know about it, is more important than winning a gold medal. So, what is the biggest dent you could possibly make in the world? (remembering that changes can be from the bottom up, or from top down).

Thoughts, beliefs, and ideas are the most powerful forces in…

Added by Hazel Owen on July 24, 2017 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Teacher beliefs and their influence on adopting technology

Michael Philips has explored some of the barriers around teachers not adopting technology as part of their every day practice (including being able to access computers during class time).

Examining teachers' beliefs is problematic as it involves…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 22, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Is mispronouncing names racist? What are your thoughts?

How do you feel when someone mispronounces your name? Peeved? Upset? Annoyed? Disappointed? At the end of the day most people are likely to prefer it when someone pronounces their name correctly, or, at the very least, makes an effort. These students at at Holy Family School in Porirua (Aotearoa New Zealand) would like their teachers - and everyone else - to make the effort to say their names correctly.

What are your thoughts? Up for the challenge?

Thanks to Aiona…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 21, 2017 at 13:10 — No Comments

Understanding multiculturalism in the workplace

Aotearoa New Zealand is a bicultural nation, with a growing multicultural population. It is essential that business owners and managers actively use the principles of cultural diversity as a basis for decision making and growing company culture in a way that affirms employees’ cultural identities.

That is not to say that a person who identifies as…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 18, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Outsource your eCommerce store management & catalog building – Make more profit!

Managing the end to end process in the eCommerce business is never an easy job.  It needs extra resources and time to establish the site, update and maintain the eCommerce site. Again this is not a onetime job and the same job need to be repeated on an ongoing basis to sustain the growth. Be it a well-established eCommerce company or an entrepreneur who is trying to set up a space in the eCommerce industry, listing the products effectively and showcasing the product to the customers is…


Added by Shan Nathan on July 17, 2017 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

The first post (cross blogged from

This sounds much nicer than "the last post" though almost as frightening - what am I doing? Starting another blog, on a different topic, on a different platform? [In case you are interested in my quilting blog, you can find it here]. Maybe I can just blame someone - Hazel :-) - for getting me into this?

My name is Monika, I have been involved in education in New Zealand for the last…


Added by Monika Kern on July 17, 2017 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Make the Most of Pinterest Secret Boards

There is quite a bit of confusion as to how one can use a secret board on Pinterest and how it differs from a regular board. There is the belief in some quarters that all pins on a private board can only stay private and that they cannot be repinned to a public board. This belief is false.

Members of a private board are the only ones that can see the pins there, but they are free to take a pin and repin it to a public board. The major difference is that because the originating board…


Added by Maisie Headey on July 8, 2017 at 22:46 — 1 Comment

An ah ha moment: You can't 'make' learning happen

I was talking to a delightful lady from Northern Ireland the other day, who is on retreat for 3 months in New Zealand. We got to talking about how important it was to take some time away from all the gadgets and devices, and to take some time out. I mentioned how lucky John and I were to have a bit of land up in Northland, near Kerikeri, and much of time there we used to…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 8, 2017 at 6:00 — 3 Comments

Values Change over Time and through Space - Part 2

In my last post I mentioned the World Values Survey (WVS). This is a fascinating long-term project conducted in a good number of countries around the globe. The Wikipedia Entry on the WVS is a good brief introduction to the study. The study is a European-based initiative and in 1981 when it started was focused mainly on more…


Added by Paul Keown on July 4, 2017 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

First time Principal!!

So I was thinking I want to be able to honestly record and reflect on the journey I am embarking on as a first time Principal...I didn't necessarily want the full reflections to be in a public space...then I remembered this space that Hazel set close to the VPLD as it can get:)

So I figure I will reflect here!

My first reflection is on how I got here...and boy has it been a journey!

I am in my 7th year of teaching and have been a DP for 4 of those my…


Added by joanna Wheway on July 4, 2017 at 17:16 — 5 Comments

I'm a Genius

Yes, it's true, I'm a genius! How do I know this? because Facebook told me so it must be true. Apparently my geniusness (my own word - because I'm a genius and allowed to make up words) is demonstrated in my ability to notice the missing number in this sequence and type it in the comments below. 

Or because I can think of a…


Added by Jan-Marie Kellow on July 3, 2017 at 9:37 — 2 Comments

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