Why Blog?

I love to share things I come across with colleagues, parents and friends and others interested in matters to do with education. I am particularly interested in inquiry learning, gifted education, fostering independence and growing emotional literacy in our children. You may find posts interesting, you may not. You may agree, you may not but the important thing is you ponder about how it sits with you and your learning journey.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

iPad Resource

Here is another iPad app resource but this one is sorted a little differently. I arranges the apps based on their function and how you want them to be used in the class. Pretty cool!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

A Thought Provoking Five Minutes!

Our education system is world renowned however, people still seem bent on changing it. A thought provoking watch that is well worth 5 minutes of your time.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Ipads for learning

I love the use of ipads in the classroom but very often they become a tool of consumption rather than creation. There are some amazing apps out there but like anything digital they are being produced at a rate of knots and you have to search out the good from the bad.

Here is a list of educational apps that you might find useful.

Here is another link I found via the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) by a NZ educator Jaqui Sharp, she is currently based in Auckland. She provides great links for e learning, websites and apps.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Performance based pay? No thanks

The idea of performance based pay has been on our radar for a while now. Here is a great article by Bill Gates outlining why this is not an option for schools. An interesting read.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Behaviour or Anxiety?

I came across this interesting article about how anxiety can manifest itself in a range of interesting ways. I wonder if this is affecting many children in Christchurch post earthquake? I can also think of a few gifted children I have taught in the past whose issues were probably related to anxiety.

Here is the link to the book mentioned in the article.

Playing with Words

I love to use technology to engage children in writing and these ideas for using wordle are fabulous. I few I have used but many are new. Like anything, there are a few you would skip and I am sure you will think of a few more. If you do, post it in a comment!

Here is the wordle link http://www.wordle.net/ there are similar other tools.

Click on the link to find the wordle ideas.