The first EduCafe event for 2014 is coming…

It’s time to get back into it after beaches, cocktails and generally relaxing! If your brain needs a bit of a kick start, it might be time to contemplate popping along to EduCafe.

This term’s question is…

How do we best balance personalised, targeted teaching to specific learning intentions with more flexible, open inquiries and passion projects?

How do we do it all justice and meet the needs of  all our students?

Sound interesting? Get your tickets here.

Feel free to invite others too – the more diverse the people, the better the conversation.

Not sure what it’s all about? Click here or here for more info.

My-learning gets a makeover

Towards the end of 2013 students, teachers and I reflected on the diagram we had been using to describe My-learning for a year. There were some things that definitely needed tweaking – I have no idea how we failed to put anything vaguely collaborative in the original diagram! Some words the kids just really didn’t identify with, others needed clarifying. There was no real sense of partnership between teacher and student, and between students themselves. Then vital things such and student agency and self awareness weren’t even mentioned. Definitely time for an overhaul!!

So here’s what we came up with. What do you think?

My-learning diagram updated 01.14

Back into it!

To blog followers and casual readers,

January 2014… I’m hoping it will be a little less epic! This seems like a good time to reflect… 2013 saw me starting EduCafe, starting (and finishing!) my ‘Smidgens’ project, selling a house, buying a new one, joining NZEALS, applying for a Ministry funded pilot scheme and getting it going, starting to learn to facilitate, getting a new job and getting engaged. Phew!

This year I will be starting a new role in a different school, with a little bit more leadership capacity but still helping other schools explore My-learning as well. It should be another great year and I look forward to sharing my reflections, curiosities and ponderings with you once more.

Thank you to all those who continue to follow me. I think it is our duty as educators to share the good, the bad and the ugly; as well as learn from teachers close by and far away. Connecting online is such a great way to do that.

I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you.

-Emma.