Getting Through The Lockdown

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As the lock-down started late March 2020, I was about to get on a plane to fly to Sweden for a two-month working stint at Stockholm University, working on literacy issues with teachers of students with intellectual disabilities.  I’ve been doing this for four years now and this was to be my fifth visit.  But alas, like everyone else in … Read More

Getting Ready for 2020

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The beginning of the school year fast looms and, like all teachers, I am getting ready for it. Almost all working days for the year have been allocated already and I am now taking tentative bookings for 2021. During 2020 I will be undertaking in-depth LPD projects (mostly around writing) in 17 schools around New Zealand: 6 in Auckland 1 … Read More

Reflections Of An Overseas Teacher On Literacy Teaching And Learning In New Zealand

Over the past fortnight (21-28 October), I have had the privilege and pleasure of hosting a teacher from Sweden (Maarten Koops) as he undertook observations of writing lessons in 14 Year 3-10 classrooms and interviewed teachers and students as part of these observations. Observations were undertaken at Balmoral School (Auckland), Clayton Park School (Auckland), Dominion Road School (Auckland), Ranui School … Read More

Report On New Zealand Literacy Association Conference

I was lucky enough to attend and present at the recent New Zealand Literacy Association 42nd National Conference which was held in Christchurch, New Zealand on 29 September – 2 October 2019 This was a stimulating and very well organised and run conference which covered far more than its title (The Arts as a Bridge to Literacy) would suggest.  In … Read More

2019 – Another Busy Year

I am currently working across the country in 20 decile 1-9 schools on in-depth writing projects with Year 1-10 students: 10 schools are in in Auckland; 4 in Christchurch; 2 in New Plymouth; 2 in Wellington; 1 in Hamilton; 1 in Hawke’s Bay. Almost all projects are focussed on ‘enhancing teacher knowledge and practices in order to generate higher engagement, … Read More