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October 2017 Blog Posts (18)

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 — 5 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

5 traits of leadership that will set you apart

By Ellie Walburg on July 20, 2017 (original post; crossposted in full with permission from John Hawthorne 08/08/17).…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 11, 2017 at 10:09 — No Comments

Preparation for the MAPS process

For the process to be successful the preparation before the meeting is very important. The process is explained to students individually and examples of past MAPS are shared. Also the parents were sent information about the process and given the option of a regular IEP meeting or a MAPS one.  The number of people invited depends on whom the student and their family wish to share the experience with.

In a MAP people giving input have been invited by the…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on October 10, 2017 at 15:16 — No Comments

Meeting the needs of culturally diverse clients by enhancing employee cultural understandings

Coaching, with its focus on listening, questioning, and exploration of self, especially values and beliefs, can be a highly effective way to develop understanding of a range of cultures. Such understandings have a positive impact on a person’s own - and where coaching is used throughout a business - all employees’ ability, to comprehend differences in communication and how…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 5, 2017 at 22:32 — No Comments

Future Focused

Sitting listening to Derek Wenmouth talk about adapting education for the is something we all know and something most of us also believe is a problem that needs solving......but it is only as I sit here as a Principal on a first time principal's course....that I am realising that I actually am now in a position to actually try and do something to try and evince change!

But how to go about this??? 

Do we as a school take this opportunity of rapid change and turmoil…


Added by joanna Wheway on October 5, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Students being able to determine their own learning program.

As the Y9’s transition to secondary school from intermediate we realised that decisions made at this time influenced the availability of future options and ultimately the role the individual may play in society. How could we give the students a sense of agency and control over their classroom programme. We wanted to enable the students to have the understanding, ability, and opportunity to be part of the learning design.…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on October 5, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

A resource that brings together freelancers, business owners, and agencies...for free!

As Lucy Adams wrote in her blog post, "with the increasing attractiveness of working from home gigs, the internet has become one of the primary resources of jobs for freelancers" - and I would…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 4, 2017 at 22:48 — No Comments

Principal wellbeing!

According to Dr Phil Riley we are going to die of heart attacks very soon!

Th Principal well bing survey is a tool being used across 3 countries so far that is showing worrying trends in the workload and stress school leaders endure.

I have yet to complete this survey...and I am now concerned that when I do I will get one of those red flag emails

I run every day and as…


Added by joanna Wheway on October 4, 2017 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Top 10 tips for online course design - making your courses 'sticky'

With online courses how do you make them 'sticky'? How do you help participants, after they have started your course, remain engaged and motivated?
Good questions, and ones I was asked a short while ago by some clients. So, I thought I would post some of the ideas I shared with them.
With all of the following ideas, I have either worked with clients to add…

Added by Hazel Owen on October 3, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

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