Monthly Archives: March 2012

Whakatika – preparation

It’s hard to believe that after four years of study that I will still be in training for another two! Every teaching graduate in New Zealand must undergo a provisional period, where they receive advice and guidance from an experienced mentor teacher, before they can become a fully registered teacher.

After drafting my philosophy (phew, that took a while too) I began planning out my pathway for getting from provisionally-registered to fully-registered. This means I have to think about what happens after graduation (still seems so far away) and what happens next… And then I remembered my advice to online learners – to use every (non-assessment) opportunity to experiment.

So, here is my Photoshop experiment for mapping out my pathway to teaching success!

Template by brad frost web
Text by me!

Feedback and/or comments on the content or the tool (Photoshop) most welcome!


Pānekeneke – vulnerability

Over the past month I have been doing a lot of deep thinking, about my developing teaching philosophy, traits of good educators, and the nature of knowledge and certainty. A few keys words kept coming up for me – ‘connection’ in particular and ‘authenticity’ – two key elements (I think) vital to successful learning communities. With that, and my hectic schedule, in mind – I share this with you. Enjoy.

“Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.”