For the last 168 days I have called New Zealand home. In a few hours I will get on a flight back to Washington. Although I am looking forward to seeing my family, my friends, my pets, and my garden...it is hard to leave. I will truly miss this beautiful land and the amazing friends … Continue reading Farewell New Zealand
Here is a link to the Prezi, which summarizes my final research project. This was presented to NZ Fulbright and University of Victoria at the end of June. Assessment Literacy
According to the latest research by Dylan Wiliam, the effective use of Teacher Learning Communities (TLC) has an impact on student achievement (outlined in my last blog). According to the latest research conducted by John Hattie, (Visible Learning, 2018) the strongest factor connected to student achievement is Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE). So, what's the difference? … Continue reading Teaching as Inquiry
Last weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Melbourne, Australia for the Thinking and Learning Conference. I attended two full day sessions by Professor Dylan Wiliam, the author of Embedded Formative Assessment. Professor Wiliam's sessions are filled with copious amounts data, theory, and straight-forward fact versus myth. A much repeated phrase was, "Educators must … Continue reading The Thinking & Learning Conference
Avril McDonald is an NZ author and former primary school teacher. This website is filled with engaging books and resources that focus on emotional well-being for children. Feel Brave
During a recent school visit, teachers were in the midst of professional development. The school received a grant and utilized it for an outside resource person to come and work with teachers on academic vocabulary and oral language development, for all content, not just literacy. One staff meeting was dedicated to learning new strategies, and … Continue reading What’s working?
Here is what I have been up to this last month! https://vimeo.com/265506595 I want to correct and clarify the information I mentioned regarding the New Zealand Curriculum. The original curriculum framework was implemented in 1992 and revised in 2007. It is the 2007 revised document that is now used throughout the country. The … Continue reading Keeping Busy
I volunteer in a Year 2/3/4 class at Pomare Primary. The teacher uses a workshop model for most of the day, particularly when teaching literacy and numeracy, and it runs like a well oiled machine! She starts with a mini lesson (students are sitting on the floor in front of her), then models part of … Continue reading Doughnut Discussions
I am having a love hate relationship with the public transportation system here in Wellington. I love it because it is quite an extensive system and can get you just about everywhere, including all of the far reaching places like Upper Hutt, Eastbourne, and Paraparaumu (love saying that one!); there is a handy … Continue reading Have a great day!
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" (Albert Einstein) On Mondays at Epuni Primary School, two classrooms come together for an hour to learn and play. The objective? To allow teachers time to work in small groups on specific content and students time to do what kids do best - discover! If a random visitor … Continue reading Learning through play