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Teaching a dog new tricks

Not content with teaching students I have taken on the challenge of teaching a puppy how to be a good dog, how to socialise, contribute to society and generally earn a living as a reliable guard dog (well Chief Barking Officer). So … Continue reading

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All quiet on the blog front

All quiet..due to all the NCEA Level 1,2 and 3 assessments to be marked this weekend. I suspect the reason many Senior students get stressed in the last couple of weeks prior to exams is the pure volume of internal … Continue reading

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Computer studies or Computer Science

Computer studies as life skills as an alternative to computer science is a valid, relevant and useful area of study at secondary school. The following transactions gave me pause to think about what our students need to be thinking about in the future… 1. … Continue reading

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Learning to sing waiata – what it teaches me about learning

One of the traditions (expectations?) in several colleges is that teachers participate in singing waiata together each Friday. I never really enjoyed singing or languages at school, hence a double challenge. However, regardless of my levels of enthusiasm I did pause … Continue reading

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ESOL reminder

Poor language does not mean poor capability, many ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) students are incredibly capable in their own language and culture. Teachers need to remember this and deploy tactics that allow these students to access the material being learned. Sounds … Continue reading

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Dots

If you misbehave you get the dot (usually the whiteboard marker) and if you still have it at lesson end you are on detention. However, if someone else chooses to go off-task then they get the dot. Quite  a fun strategy I have … Continue reading

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Big gap to bridge

I had the pleasure of doing relief for a senior Maori class recently. Quite a small class but lots of good humour. They were studying poi and music and completing “homework”. YouTube was an excellent resource and they were able … Continue reading

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