The first week – peer review

Graduating Teacher Standard 5b: gather, analyse and use assessment information to improve learning and inform planning. The first teaching week of practicum is always going to be exhausting – getting used to the school, learning the names of both staff and students, and staying on top of the work. This week I jumped in the […]

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One of the lucky ones

I am one of the lucky ones. I am over half way to being a secondary school teacher, I am one week into my second practicum, and I am 100% lucky to have had four amazing associate teachers this year. Overheard discussions and comments at Uni have told me that some of the pre-service teachers […]

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Ako – A focus on learning

Graduating Teacher Standard 4c: demonstrate high expectations of all learners, focus on learning and recognise and value diversity. Ako is the inseparable relationship between teaching and learning (Berryman and Bishop, 2010). Ako “recognises the knowledge that both teachers and learners bring to learning interactions, and it acknowledges the way that new knowledge and understandings can […]

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Following a year nine class

Graduating Teacher Standard 3a: have an understanding of the complex influences that personal, social, and cultural factors may have on teachers and learners. On Monday I begun my second practicum. This school is a lot different to my first practicum school, it is smaller, multicultural, relationship orientated, and down to earth. I love it. Yesterday […]

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Reclaim – Lyrics as Literature

Ólafur Arnalds is an artist hailing from Iceland. Although this song may not be well known to students, the lyrics are great, and it may broaden their music taste. Arms were rivers, through sinuous hills, oh Winds wore shivers and longing for thrills, oh Veil the night wakeful stars blow dread astray, dread astray. Veil […]

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The Hero’s Journey

Graduating Teacher Standards: 3b. have knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori to work effectively within the bicultural contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand. 4e. use te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi appropriately in their practice. 6e. demonstrate respect for te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi in their practice. The interactive Hero’s Journey tool is a tool that students […]

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