What do students say about writing?

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Most of us would agree on the importance of listening to student voice when developing and implementing a classroom programme.   In the context of an instructional writing programme, this means finding out:  How do my students feel about writing?   How do they feel about themselves as writers?   How do they feel about the writing instruction they receive at school?   Finding … Read More

Being Creative in a Junior Classroom

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Nicola Blight’s Year 1 classroom at Newton Central School (a multi-cultural inner Auckland school) is a wonderfully creative and vibrant space in which colour, movement, shape and wonderings abound. Nicola – who has been teaching for more than 20 years – continually seeks artifacts and experiences that will challenge her students, deepen their natural curiosity and enable them to express … Read More

Upcoming Security Changes For Membership Subscribers

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Online security is important to us and we will shortly be enhancing our website login security for Membership Subscribers. From 10th November 2021, we will be introducing a technology known as Two Factor Authentication (abbreviated to 2FA). What Is Two Factor Authentication (2FA) When you log in to an account online, you mostly use a simple ‘username and password’ combination to … Read More

A Year 1 Writing Story

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One of the picture books I use for story writing in my on-line subscription resource (Building Excitement, Engagement and Achievement in Writing with Dr Murray Gadd is Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne Set in a village in Kenya, it is the story of Handa and her friend Akeyo searching for Handa’s grandmother’s lost hen and it outlines what they discover … Read More

Term 3 New Resources and Updates 

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Kia ora tatou, Hope you all had a great break – though it probably seems ages ago now – and that the weather and/or the trans-Tasman bubble breaking didn’t interrupt your plans too much. The purpose of this update is to inform you of what’s new on the website – both free and paid resources – and to catch you … Read More

Saying Goodbye to 2020 

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2020 was a tough year for all of us, given the two lock-downs that Auckland educators faced during the year as well as the abandonment of overseas travel.  But I finished it nicely.  I’m just completing six weeks of relaxing (mainly at home), reading, swimming, walking and a little bit of socialising.  I hope your break has been good as … Read More

Update on The Arts: Oct 21 – January 2022

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These three months have been a mixture of lock-down and ‘traffic light freedom’.  Consequently, I have not only had a chance to hunker down into reading but also to move back to the cinema.  This has been exciting.  But it has mainly been reading that has preoccupied me.   BOOKS I have read some wonderful fiction and non-fiction in the past … Read More

Update on The Arts: Aug – October 2022

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Because of time limitations, my involvement in the Arts has been largely restricted to reading fiction over the past three months, with a focus being around the Booker Prize (see below).  Hence, I only discuss books in this update, rather than the occasional movie, play or Netflix series that I may have watched.   BOOKS My reading over these three months … Read More

Update on The Arts: May – July 2022

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With life being back to near-normal over the past three months, I have been back to near-normal in terms of reading quality fiction, watching some great theatre and viewing some wonderful movies and series.  It has been an exhilarating term for me arts-wise. BOOKS I’ve had a chance to read 9 novels over the past three months, several of which … Read More

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