Sunday, 26 April 2015


Great article I an ideas person?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Handwriting and more

There has been a lot of discussion around this form our parents at our Technology evening. Something some try hard to hang onto ..handwriting in class , their big worry????? Why? I wonder?

I wonder about the way we are teaching kids to write to. What are the texts like that we read most days ..full of media/ photos/video/hyperlinks.. is this the way our children should be effectively communicating?


Great Blog post... A little message in this that we want our ids to be able to be remembered for great things. We need to have great aspirations for them. Not let them think any learning barriers are what they will be remembered for.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Are we making an effort to disagree with our colleagues?

I think this is a brilliant clip.  IT's about constructive conflict. Openness alone cannot bring about change , we need conflict.  Conflict thinking , we need to get good at it and so do our students. If we are afraid of this things that should be questioned will just go on as always and beneficial change won't happen

Withholding recess as discipline

Why you should never use Reflection forms?

Motivating Students

Monday, 13 April 2015

Change - Michael Fullan

This comes shared from a very good blog I follow Modern Learning HQ

Excellent read when we contemplate change and having all teachers on the journey.

Twitter/ PLN = change and courage

I'll write about this later

Sunday, 12 April 2015

5 modern learning routines

Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Bank Balance and Staff Morale

This article is very pertinent to me as I work on

1. Reports
2. TAI planning
3. Goal and focus setting for my students
4. Accelerating writers plan
5. Appraisal Connector filling in, my goodness it's a big document.
6 Next week there is a maths course. I want to go to it and am booked in.
7. Saturday is a staff call back day.

The list grows ... come on NZ support your teachers , they work hard.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015


This reading was shared with me from my colleague. It can with a message that it might be good to share with our staff and/or to reflect on as we consider our decision to make all our Year 6 students Frankley School Leaders, to be given a badge at a School Assembly.

On hearing this some teachers were quick to say things like ..

Some show no respect

Aren't we dumbing them down..dumbing down leadership

Some of those kids ride their bikes before school ..

Such a good article. So many next steps for some people and perhaps the impetus for them to do things differently.

What do you think?

Target Setting, Using Evidence For Learning

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Interview Questions

Professional Readings
Title of Reading
Key Ideas
as above
Asking a different set of interview questions.

Actions/Ideas you could trial:

Ensure when I am involved in interviewing we look deeper at questions. I have been reading about asking better questions...

Dr. Todd Whitaker says, “The best thing a principal can do to build parent relations is to ensure every student has a phenomenal teacher.” To do this, we can start by hiring the right people. Even before this, we must prepare purposeful interview questions that help draw out an applicants’ philosophy, knowledge, and so much more.

What impact has this had on your teaching practice:
Not a lot

Sunday, 5 April 2015

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