Showing posts from March, 2018


This week we focussed on our pepeha. I do have Māori heritage and know my ancestral line but have not been brought up as Māori.
I have developed my pepeha using screencastify (see read more)

Digital Intensive 2 I can't believe that a week has passed since the last digital intensive. Today we were looking at Google Forms, Google Sheets and Google maps.

We began this session with the history of Manaiakalani around Learning and the pedagogy of "Learn, Create, Share". Research underpinning this came from John Hattie's constructivist and metacognitive approach, Russell Bishop's culturally responsive pedagogy, the global study for the Ministry of Education that showed acceleration can be achieved through inquiry driven exploration and the use of the Google platform.

We learned how to set up a Google form with many available options that would give us data that we can analyse either as baseline data, feedback data or exit data. I created a Google form with questions around the new Education Council standards and sent it out to 10 teachers - have had 3 responses so will send again. I had recently attended a workshop on these and will be using them with the pro…


What is appraisal exactly?
The Education Review Office is very clear on its purpose of appraisal in schools.
Teacher appraisal has two purposes: improvement - appraisal supports personal development and school capability to meet student outcome goalsprofessional accountability - appraisal provides assurances to the wider community that teaching standards are rigorously applied.The Education Council sees it as: The appraisal process exists to affirm and develop a high standard of teaching in New Zealand. Effective appraisal systems using the Standards for the Teaching Profession help teachers learn, grow and achieve the best outcomes for our learners.
PPTA describes appraisal as: Performance appraisal has two purposes – development and accountability, or to put it another way, formative and summative assessment. It should be about helping teachers to develop their practice and do their personal best

Appraisal is a good way of reflecting on your teaching, setting improvement goals, trackin…

Digital Intensive Session 1

Today and for the next 8 Fridays I am on a Manaiakalani digital intensive. I am reasonably confident with digital technologies but, as we all know, there is always more to learn.
Firstly we were given an introduction to the Manaiakalanai kaupapa and pedagogy. It was interesting
hearing about the history of Manaiakalani and its early beginnings.
Then we were into Google Docs. I work sometimes in Google Docs & sometimes in Word
(which is apparently a no-no). Another no-no is NO underlining because that means a link and capitals
mean you are shouting.

But I did discover things like Find and Replace, Table of Contents and voice
typing in which I just have to speak the words (and punctuation) and it writes for me! This will be a
good thing to pass on to the PCTs I work with. As for my personal life, I don't think I really want my
computer to be writing down everything I say. So we may have to negotiate on that one. The only time I
use my home computer is to do post production in Photog…