Week 3 Mind Lab Reflections

Week 3LeadershipLooking at the TPACK model as an approach to technology inquiry.

C is content is the what e.g. music

P is the how (pedagogical approach)

T is the partner (what tech tool will we use to connect that supports the pedagogy) e.g. google drive

It is about meeting students needs at the center or the sweet spot.

EXAMPLE of this in the real world...

Content - I want my children to learn about the water cycle.

Pedagogy - Through an inquiry lense, I want children to experience it for themselves

Technology - Search engine/outside observation/talking to experts through Skype/time lapse

There are many possibilities and opportunities so we want to provide something just right for our children, think of the Goldilocks theory.

Here is a link to my own TPACK thinking... Click here

I really like using the TPACK model as it makes you really consider everything to ensure that your children will be getting the most and the best out of the learning. It makes you question each part of your context and …

Innovations for classroom technology innovations - Mind Lab Reading

Reading: Innovations for classroom technology innovations.
There are many implications for integrating a technology innovation in a school and this reading is particularly relevant to our first assignment as we begin to think about areas of innovation we can plan for in our own schools.
This reading explains the consequences, of course positive and negative, of a study of 12 teachers wishing to integrate a technology innovation in their school. The innovations range from creating websites to a science project using film. The study was intense and their reflections discuss some of the main reasons for the teachers innovations to be successful or unsuccessful.

Some of the main factors included:

Social awareness (this related to teachers and the social climate of the school, perspectives, visions and support of colleagues, was the teacher well aware of the impact the innovation will have on the school?)
Teachers Pedagogy (how does the teacher feel about technology? Are they competent in using…

Mind Lab Reflections Week 2

Flipped learning activity:
Leadership: What are your strengths and weaknesses? You can do this in the format of your choice, just bring the self reflections with you to Week 2 session.  
Digital: How are 20th and 21st century skills different? Do we need both?

My strengths as a teacher and a leader are:
Relating to others - negotiating, listening I can listen to understand rather then listen to answer, empathetic to all, can look at all perspectives, recognise others emotions and behaviours and respond appropriately to this

Managing self - reflective, positive attitude to learning, patient, 

Manaakitanga - relationships (forming and maintaining), warm and open, honest and supportive

Areas of development as a teacher and a leader:

Managing self - Confidence and believing in myself as capable, being heard in a way to inspire

Thoughts about leadership and He Tikanga Whakaaro:
As a leader - recognising these and how colleagues are responding to these is vital.
Leader's need to be able to display…

The Mind Lab PostGrad Reflection Week 1

What makes a good leader?
Someone who knows who their followers are.
Someone who can listen, stand back if needed, negotiate and inspire.
A leader needs to be a critical thinker and constantly self reflective. Someone who can read others well and pick up on passive followers then do something to help them follow actively.

What makes a good follower?
Someone who is active not passive, who can take initiative and isn't just doing a job because "that's just my job". There is a trusting relationship between the leader and the follower and depending on the context your role may change.

What is knowledge?
Knowledge is power, knowledge is experience.
The future of knowledge is a lot like this: to make sense of knowledge requires an action and a 'doing', our children of the future need to have deeper understanding of knowledge that is relevant and authentic.
Traditional knowledge was often given as factual, given as no ending and therefore serving as no purpose for a l…

Developing learner agency through eLearning! #ulearn18

Tokorua kaiako from Whakarongo School showing us their experience. Modern learning school.

What is learner agency?
- giving our learners the power to act
- self initiative, self regulation
- agency is interdependent
- student's own actions and how they affect others

Whakarongo school have model of 4 values. Navigator, collaborator, connector and innovator

Links to the key competency of managing self...
Time management is a big idea...
Every pod has a simple timetable displayed in the Pod, seesaw, emailing etc It has all the things that children need to know what's going on and where it is happening and then this links to take an interest into what is happening in the day and taking responsibility.
Simply for knowing and keeping track...
The big question they prompt for children is 'What is it I need to have done this week?'

Learning pathways
Tailored to the needs of children they have each year, across each 'year pod' (year groups) as well as school wid…

Let's not be afraid...Karawhiua! #ulearn18

Tena tatou katoa e te whanau!

Ukaipo - knowing who you are and where you're from.

Whaea Rachel explains her own personal journey, te waka o te reo maori.

Tuahiwi kura has massive whanau connection and is an integral part of the school.


Begin with your mihi - my own understanding and one of the first things I personally learnt on my own journey is the difference between whakapapa and pepeha. Whakapapa is your blood line your whanau, pepeha is your whenua, the land that represents you.

Everyone should know a mihi.

We all have a mihi  - we all have connections to he wahi me he rohe (places and area's)

Something I encourage my tamariki to do at the beginning of every year.
This is an awesome way to engage whanau, they think they don't have a mihi and then make really cool discoveries about their families and it brings everyone together really nicely.

Reaching out to whanau is very big!

What to implement in your akomanga?

- Kupu o te ra
- Rerenga o te wiki
- Karakia
- Kem…

Hookin' up with Inquiry

Rachel and Nathan from Island Bay School in Wellington.

Simon Snek represent! Talk in terms of business and organisation - teachers to think of this in terms of our classroom and school. His talk about the 'golden circle' and the WHY, HOW and WHAT.

Focusing on school values and inquiry planning - spend a day collaborative approach.

Big idea
Deep understanding

If you could have any character from a movie, book or tv show as your teacher who would you choose?

Be like the Frizz!
She is like an inquiry queen.

Ask the children - What are you guys in to?
Answer: Science and Paelentology

First part of inquiry...

"It's just a pile of bones, it's just a bunch of rocks.. or is it?"
Hook needs to be something to remember.
Teachers made some bones and dug them in the school grounds, with a back story.
Sold it to the kids and they had buy in immediately! Very exciting with staff members all on board to make it a big deal.
Teachers used SOLO taxonomy - Inqui…