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Goal setting…

Goal setting…

So week two at school has come to an end and while it has been lots of time and effort I am actually loving it.  The values/ educational philosophy of the school align so nicely with me and my beliefs; it’s just awesome.  This week I challenged my class to think holistically about their learning … Continue reading

Building classroom culture…

My first week as a primary school teacher has come to an end and I am feeling pretty good about the whole thing.  It is a lot harder then I expected and there is a lot more preparation work then I am used to, but it is a good hard that means I am learning … Continue reading

Moving forward. ..

Moving forward. ..

After ten years as an early childhood teacher, this year I am embarking on an exciting adventure. .. primary school teaching!  Year Ones to be specific, 5 and 6 year olds.  My first day is rapidly approaching and I am working hard to keep my cool.  Primary teaching seems like a completely different world with … Continue reading

Learning Stories: Not only for under fives…

Learning Stories: Not only for under fives…

Today I attended the Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2016 put on by ELP.  It was great to take some time with a couple of my teammates to really think about learning stories and the impact they can have / are having around the world.  For a small country like New Zealand, it is really fantastic … Continue reading

Music Therapy…

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the music therapy symposium as part of music therapy week.  I discovered the event whist scrolling through upcoming events on Eventbrite and it caught my interest as something I could really get a lot out of… and I was right.  I attended the event with a completely … Continue reading

A different approach to transition…

A different approach to transition…

Often when I am talking to parents about why they choose our kindergarten for their children, the answer is so they can make friends with the children they will be going to school with.  As a parent myself I understand the desire to do everything in your power to help your child to make friends, … Continue reading

My leadership…

My leadership…

I am coming up to my second anniversary in my current teaching position and that means my appraisal is just around the corner.  I set myself two big goals for the year, become a better leader… become a better manager.  It has been a big year (or two) of learning in my leadership practice and … Continue reading

Transition to school…

Transition to school…

Making the move from early childhood into compulsory schooling is a ‘big deal’ here in New Zealand.  Everyone talks about turning five and starting school and every child is well aware of this significant landmark in their lives.  Turning five means going to school.  When you turn five you suddenly become a ‘big school girl’ … Continue reading

2016!  Big plans and small plans…

2016! Big plans and small plans…

Here in New Zealand we are just coming to the end of our summer holidays.  I head back to work next Tuesday and the children follow the Monday after.  The start of a new year has prompted some big picture thinking for lots of people, new year’s resolutions and the like, and I am no … Continue reading

Pipe dream?

Today is our last day of the year for children at kindergarten.  The year has blown past at full speed and especially this last term, it has been a magical rollercoaster ride. Once the children had gone home for the day I got the opportunity to go see a kiln.  This kiln is looking for … Continue reading