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February 2018

Wordy Wednesday – Book chat – A Learner’s Paradise — a guidebook for parents and educators everywhere.

February 21

Richard Wells (@EduWells) writes in a conversational style, which made this a quick and easy read for me. I also enjoyed the web links contained in footnotes allowing me to explore further. He made me realise that we do have a great education system, something those of us who were part of the evolutionary process as The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) document took shape often take for granted.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Core Education Blog – Talking Really Matters

February 22

The Power of Talk summit, including keynotes and presentations (see video links below) plus plenty of opportunities for discussion, brought together educators, health professionals, researchers, government agencies (eg Corrections, Ministry of Social Development), and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This afforded participants the chance to explore the issues deeply from and across a range of perspectives.

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Feed Forward Friday – Coming up next week 26 February to 2 March

February 23

What an awesome week we have coming up Our regular twitter chat #NZBFC630 Media Monday – Edtalks – Kate Potter – He Tohu Tips and Tricks Tuesday – Hauhaketia ngā taonga tuku iho kia puāwai ai: Unearth our ancestral treasures so that we may prosper Wordy Wednesday – Book chat – A Learner’s Paradise — a guidebook for parents and educators everywhere. Thoughtful Thursday – Blogging – Core Education Blog – Learning to crawl in the Māori world

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Kate Potter – He Tohu – CORE EDtalk release of the week

February 26

Kate Potter, learning specialist at the National Library of New Zealand, talks about the new He Tohu exhibition, which brings together three of Aotearoa’s founding documents: the 1835 Declaration of Independence – He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. Online social inquiry resources and a YouTube channel take the exhibition to teachers across NZ, enabling access to conversations/thinking that has shaped the onsite programme. Kate challenges teachers and learners to engage with “the hard stuff”…

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday – Hauhaketia ngā taonga tuku iho kia puāwai ai: Unearth our ancestral treasures so that we may prosper

February 27

Evaluation insights by the Education Review Office (ERO), alongside contributions from the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust (Te Kōhanga Reo Trust) and kōhanga reo whānau inform the findings of this report, which highlights effective practice in kōhanga reo, specifically the support children need to grow and thrive through a quality immersion pathway.

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Wordy Wednesday: Moving the Rock

February 28

Grant Lichtman’s #EdJourney is the precursor to his latest book, Moving the Rock. He has searched far and wide for examples of innovation and real change in education, and has shared these in #EdJourney and on his blog. Now, with Moving the Rock, Grant presents his thoughts on exactly how we should achieve the changes needed to shift education dramatically.

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March 2018

Thoughtful Thursday: Core Education Blog – Learning to crawl in the Māori world

March 1

If there is one thing I have learned that is super important, it is the need to listen and learn. I don’t talk much in the Māori world. I think I have spoken up in a group situation on a noho marae only once, maybe twice, and that wasn’t until I’d been part of the group for a long time. If I do speak, it is often to ask a question or to try to understand something. When people around…

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Helen Te Kiri – Māori in mainstream – CORE EDtalk release of the week

March 5

Helen Te Kiri, deputy principal at Peachgrove Intermediate, discusses how Māori students are being supported to achieve educational success as Māori in mainstream classes at their school. Helen talks about building a school culture to facilitate mental model shifts and changing practice, to better provide opportunities for Māori students in the mainstream, and the exploration of practical tools/strategies that enhance teacher practice and develop positive relationships and learning behaviour.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday – Māori History in the NZ Curriculum Te Takanga o te Wā – Māori History Guidelines Year 1 – 8

March 6

This resource, written for teachers in New Zealand primary schools, has an emphasis on local history and building collaborative relationships with iwi and hapū. Although this framework is written for years 1-8, many of the ideas presented will work in a secondary context, especially for those students with limited prior knowledge.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday – Census 2018

March 6

A census takes place in New Zealand every five years. A census is the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand. The next census is on Tuesday 6 March 2018. Here is a collection of teaching ideas and resources to help you learn about the census with your school and community.

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Wordy Wednesday: Disobedient Teaching : Surviving and Creating Change in Education.

March 7

This book is about disobedience. Positive disobedience. Disobedience as a kind of professional behaviour. It shows how teachers can survive and even influence an education system that does staggering damage to potential. More importantly it is an arm around the shoulder of disobedient teachers who transform people’s lives, not by climbing promotion ladders but by operating at the grassroots. Disobedient Teaching tells stories from the chalk face.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Spiralling into collaboration at Otago Girls’ High School

March 8

Rowan Taigel is the Deputy Principal at Otago Girls’ High School. In this blog Rowan shares her knowledge around collaborative spirals of inquiry drawing on her journey leading this framework at her school.

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Monika Kern – The place of museums in 21C learning and teaching – CORE EDtalk release of the week

March 12

Monika Kern, education manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, talks about ensuring museums and museum education is relevant and critically engaging for twenty-first century learners. Monika explains how the Treaty Grounds are shaping and delivering their education programmes around future-focussed themes to keep Te Tiriti o Waitangi relevant, engaging and authentic for learners. Monika encourages teachers and schools to work with local museums or historic sites to support and share learning.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Teaching approaches and strategies that work

March 13

This evaluation looks at teaching approaches and strategies used in schools where there has been a significant increase in the number of students at or above National Standards in the upper primary school years (Years 5 to 8). We wanted to learn more about any short-term interventions or long-term strategies that may have been influential in bringing about these positive achievement trajectories. We have shared and discussed our findings from some of the 40 schools we visited.

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Wordy Wednesday: Collective Genius: The art and practice of leading innovation.

March 14

When we think about innovation, our imagination usually pictures creative and charismatic individuals such as Marie Curie, Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg. We can be set with the idea that the capacity to change our world and be innovative only lies in the hands of a genius with the one revolutionary idea. In Collective Genius, the authors, Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent Lineback, uncover what it takes to be an innovative company and dismantle the myth…

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Thoughtful Thursday: STEAM and UDL

March 15

Chantelle Rich, a year 5/6 teacher from Henderson North Primary, is one of two teachers leading a Teacher Led Innovation Fund (TLIF) project across a cluster of six schools for the past 18 months. In this blog, Chantelle shares her learning through supporting collaborative innovative STEAM inquiries using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

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Melanie Taite-Pitama – Working effectively with iwi and hapū – CORE EDtalk release of the week

March 19

Melanie Taite-Pitama, student achievement function practitioner at the Ministry of Education, talks about how schools can build and strengthen a relationship with local marae or hapū to ensure their tamariki and whānau have connection to papakainga and whakapapa. Melanie likens the relationship between a rūnanga or marae and a school to a friendship, which needs to be nurtured and respected. She explains the role of the education team of a rūnanga, to advise and guide around cultural intelligence, and the…

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: OECD Handbook of Innovative Learning Environments

March 20

This publication is the culmination of the OECD Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) project run over the decade since the mid-2000s. The Handbook is aimed at those working in education leadership, policy and practice looking for succinct frameworks and practical tools to help them to innovate in their own settings. The Handbook is divided into four chapters. Each one is introduced by an overview section offering a concise, non-technical summary of a substantial body of international reflection on learning and innovation,…

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Wordy Wednesday: Reduce Change to Increase Improvement.

March 21

We’re under pressure in education to improve outcomes for all learners, and with good reason. However, this expectation often pushes us to make changes without clearly understanding the why and the how before we embark on yet another journey of change. Robinson unpacks some key steps for leaders, facilitators, or coaches, to take to ensure everyone is on board from the outset, using her ‘bypass’ and ‘engage’ approaches to leading improvement.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Future Focused Schooling

March 22

Maurie Abraham is the principal of Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland. In this blog, the first of a two part series, Maurie shares some of the highlights of his recent sabbatical where he explored future focused schooling.

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Polly Thin-Rabb Rongohia Te Hau; measuring culturally responsive and relational pedagogy – CORE EDtalk release of the week

March 26

Polly Thin-Rabb, DP at Te Puke High School, describes research into knowing and understanding how professional learning has made a difference for Māori learners. Polly’s research was based around a set of tools, Rongohia Te Hau designed for schools to determine the extent to which culturally responsive and relational pedagogy is occurring in their classrooms. The evidence showed that shifts had been made in the pedagogical practice, with the majority of teachers showing some evidence of culturally responsive and relational…

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Ngatea Primary School – Leading change

March 27

Ngatea Primary School is a full primary with a roll of 313 situated on the Hauraki Plains. Over the past five years teaching and learning has been transformed to flexible, collaborative learning environments that promote student agency. Principal Neil Fraser and Deputy Principal Karla Hull explain how they focus on meeting the needs of all learners, staff included. Their school vision encourages them to take risks to make strategic, well informed school wide changes.

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Wordy Wednesday: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

March 28

Each chapter: Essence, Explore, Eliminate, and Execute encourages us to discern what is truly important, remove the distractions, and ultimately effectively focusing on less but better. The principles can be easily applied to teams, organisations, leaders — starting with you!

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Thoughtful Thursday: The end of average

March 29

I’ve just finished reading Todd Rose’s book The End of Average – a captivating read that challenges almost all of the underlying assumptions that form the basis of our current education system.

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April 2018

Anaru White The Educator’s Wellbeing Toolkit – CORE EDtalk release of the week

April 2

Anaru White introduces CORE’s Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit, designed to support staff in schools with personal, professional and workplace wellbeing. He discusses how key aspects of wellbeing are explored via the Toolkits’ five modules, each featuring content experts who talk about the research and science behind the study. Anaru explains that the Toolkit works to build valuable social capital, through individual proactive strategies and peer support, and how important commitment is to achieving positive wellbeing.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: St John Bosco School – Learner agency

April 3

This snapshot describes how teachers at St John Bosco School are supporting learner agency in older prefabricated classrooms. It explains how they are setting up systems and processes to release control and get out of the way of their students using digital technology as the accelerator.

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Wordy Wednesday: Late Love: Sometimes Doctors Need Saving as Much as Their Patients.

April 4

You may know and love Glenn Colquhoun’s poetry — Playing God, the Fine Art of Walking Upright — now he has used his poetical skills to tell us about his life as a local GP/youth worker in Levin and what needs to change to reconnect our health system with the more vulnerable and less resourced parts of our society.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Core Education Blog – Learning to Thrive in a transforming world

April 5

For most teachers, the beginning of a school year is an opportunity to look ahead with fresh eyes, thinking of our students and how best we can nurture and grow them as learners. In our schools, kura, and early years settings, there’ll be lots of activity around preparing the themes, topics, and resources required to inspire creative minds, not to mention the physical arrangement of the learning environments, scheduling of time, and allocation of tasks that will enable all of…

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Anahera McGregor – Barriers to maintaining te reo Māori in a total immersion environment – CORE EDtalk release of the week

April 9 @ 2:00 pm

Anahera McGregor, CORE facilitator, outlines a number of barriers teachers face in maintaining te reo Māori in a total immersion learning environment, including gaining fluency and grappling with the ever expanding vocabulary. She provides advice for teachers who are Māori language learners, including various ways to get support, and where to access free Māori language courses.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Lyall Bay School – Benefits of a radio station

April 10

Maranui FM was established at Lyall Bay School in 2008 with the support of the Ministry of Education and Enterprise New Zealand. The aim of the radio station was to provide an engaging, real life context for students to develop enterprising skills and behaviours. After nearly ten years of radio broadcasting we catch up with staff and students at Lyall Bay School to learn how Maranui FM has helped to build learner agency, key competencies, and community connections.

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Wordy Wednesday: Gamify – How gamification motivates people to do extraordinary things.

April 11

Gamify written by Brian Burke, presents the value of gamification and ideas on how to design a gamified experience. Burke is a prominent researcher in the areas of business/IT strategies, disruptive technologies, and gamification. He argues that gamification can address three key elements of motivation: Autonomy – allowing for choice and agency. Mastery – providing challenge and feedback to motivate participants. Purpose – engaging people at an emotional level, in a meaningful way.

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Thoughtful Thursday: NZCER blog – Can conference participants gamify their own learning?

April 12

Before the Games for Learning conference, we started thinking about how we might help people to keep exploring ideas and putting them into action beyond the conference – whether or not they could attend the event itself. We thought we could do this in some of the conventional ways, such as posting videos of featured talks, sharing speaker’s slides, and writing/blogging about the conference after it was over. At some point leading up to the conference, we had a lightbulb…

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Nikki Urlich – Developing collaborative learning spaces; five lessons learnt – CORE EDtalk release of the week

April 16

CORE Education facilitator Nikki Urlich believes that how we use learning spaces can make a difference for children and learning In this EDtalk Nikki outlines five lessons learned while supporting schools to transition into new collaborative learning spaces. Nikki also describes some of the challenges schools face, and ways to address them.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Collaboration Framework

April 17

This Collaboration Framework has been developed iteratively over time. It was initially created by Rebbecca Sweeney as a rubric that drew mainly on her 2011 M.Ed thesis literature review. The rubric was trialled during 2015 with several learning communities across Aotearoa. It was found that a rubric style was not useful in supporting learning communities to evaluate and inform their position and progress as a collaborative group. Rebbecca Sweeney and Derek Wenmoth worked together to rethink the rubric into this…

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Wordy Wednesday: The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die.

April 18

Keith Payne knits a clever writing style together with his unique experiences to provide deep thinking around the genesis of and approaches to dealing with inequity. He answers the questions around this topic that you have often asked yourself. As well, he challenges your thinking about the social and moral milieu that is leading to its increase.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Growing interest in playbased learning – yay!

April 19

A new government, a new year and new energy and enthusiasm for finding a better pathway in education. Interest in play-based learning is growing and Longworth Education is leading the way in New Zealand.

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Katrina Laurie Integrating digital technologies across the curriculum – CORE EDtalk release of the week

April 23

CORE facilitator Katrina Laurie describes the connection between digital fluency and the digital technologies curriculum. Teachers are thinking about how they are developing students to become creators rather than consumers of the technology, creating and designing digital solutions in the form of robotics, coding, programming and automation.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Literacy Online – Instructional series

April 24

Online and searchable access to Ready to Reads, Journals, Connected. Audio files can be previewed and downloaded for most, along with teacher materials and even downloadable text.

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Wordy Wednesday: It’s all a Game

April 25

It’s all a game! The history of board games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan (2017). This is an easy read but packed full of interesting stories that will give you a newfound respect for the humble board game.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Te Papa Blog – Te reo kiwi, are you using maori every day?

April 26

Te Papa is always looking for creative ways to promote te reo Māori. What are some of the ways we’re doing that?

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