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  • Gaylyn Lockington 01 Mar 2017 10:55am () in Do we need to question the way we assess?

    I totally agree with what is mentioned above, we are so data driven that many of our students falls through the cracks when it comes to standardized assessments and yet we see so much improvements in them in other areas that makes them valuable citizens in our community.

    if we are encouraged to teach innovatively then it's high time we come up with innovative measuring strategies that will enable ALL students to succeed in school. 

  • Gaylyn Lockington 31 Mar 2016 12:18pm () in Innovation in Curriculum: Developing Financial Capabilities in Students and Staff

    Kia orana from the Cook Islands.

    Currently in our school Financial concepts are only taught at Year 10 therefore i find your posts very interesting and wonder if i can have a look at a unit that you have created?

    We are introducing a Thematic Teaching approach at our Year 7&8 levels with the hope of progressing to Year 9 & 10 as well in the near future and I would very much appreciate your assistance.

    Meitaki atupaka (thank you very much)


  • Gaylyn Lockington 24 Nov 2014 7:41pm () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    I like the point raised by Mandy about..'finding teachers who are passionate to pilot MLE'

    In our country the school do not own the building therefore making major changes will require the school going to the CIIC, an organisationn who owns and maintains all government buildings in the country. This is a very lengthy process.

    Some schools just go ahead and make the changes but at their own expense without any reimburement or support.

    In my current school the teacher took the inootiative to re-design hios classroom at his expense (or the English department) where he went out looking for sponsors for new computers and now has 8 computers at the back of his room for student use, he has painted his classroom put up new curtains and have some very colourful and educational posters around the room. It's a totally new envirnment and the students love to go in there. There are books all around his room for students to use for pleasure or educational purposes, it's simply amazing at the transformation so yes i agree, finding the teachers who are passionate to pilot MLE is vital.

    His sound system in there is amazing. The sounds that comes out of his room although very noisy, is loud and clear and is now our staff PD room, even Advisors from our ministry would request to work in that room.

    When there is a will there is a way!

  • Gaylyn Lockington 24 Nov 2014 7:02pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I would agree with having MOTIVATED staff even though they are not digitally minded, being open minded and flexible to move with time is more important to me.

    We have staff  members that are about to retire or have retired but stayed on becuase of the shortages of teachers who are not digitally minded but they give it their best shot. They attend PD's ofered and are willing to adapt because after all, we all want what is best for our students. That means the Maanagement have to be supportive and the younger digitally minded teachers to stand up and lead the way into this forever changing technological world.

  • Gaylyn Lockington 24 Nov 2014 6:55pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I like points 2 - 4 mentioned and find them very useful in any school.

    Although we in the Cook Ilsands are not on parr with the majority of the New Zealand schools, our education master plan aims are to prepare our students with 'skllls for life' regardless of where they choose to spend their adult life. The ministry has started an IT system here where they have pods of Ipads that schools can hire for 6 weeks or more depending on the demand and our school have been one of the lucky schools to have itised this opportunity. It started of just in the Maths department where initiall the ipads were used to provide support for the less able students thus giving the teacher time to work with other groups of students before spending more quality time with them. Now the more able students also used the ipads as extension work and other teachers in other curricular utilise this resource available in our school. we have been priviledged to have the pod for the last 2 terms which is good for us but makes me wonder why other schools are not taking on this opportunity.

    We are now plannibg to have our own pod in the school with applcable apps for all curriculum areas. With the community's support we can keep up with the use of technology in our school and with the new year coming up we are including technology into our strategic plan for the main reason everyone agrees upon.... "Student Achievement"

  • Gaylyn Lockington 15 Nov 2014 4:15pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Kia orana,

    some very interesting posting which I have enjoyed following. Things are still far behind in my school but we do try to keep up with the use of technology in our very small school with limited budget and resources. Our principal is however very passionate about the use of technology across the curriculum and is always encouraging teachers to keep up with the game play if we are to motivte and make a difference to students' learning.In our Review report it was commented that teachers should at least have a try and intergrate the use of technology into one lesson a week. Why not?

    Although there are advantages I have also come across some disadvantages. The students who have better skills and knowledge of such tools seem to dominate the use of technology especially since we have to share so coming up with strategies to deal with such issues are just as important. We would be considered a low decile school if in NZ however this does not reduce our desire to intergrate technology into every day teaching. After all we do want to prepare our students for the unkown as the majority of our young people end up in NZ or Australia therefore they need to be skillful to fit into the workforce.

    Yes technology enhances students learning however it can do the opposite as well. The writing skills are getting slack, using brain power without technology is also on the decline. So I guess what I am saying is; as a school we have to do the best we can in the situation we are in.

    The human resources are readily available it's the technology itself we have to posses in order to deliver.

  • Gaylyn Lockington 14 May 2014 10:58am () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    Very good order put together by Gavin. It's wonderful how schools can ana are able to change their classroom environment however our quality teaching pedagies and priorities should always lie with the students' progress and achievements. The environment changes is a bonus when affordable and yes in this modern technology age it is important for students to be well prepared for any situation.

    For us here in the Cook Islands I would say we are still several years behind with regards to the availability of the different technology resources in our schools however we still try to keep up with the rest of the world, after all, our students eventually end up in universities there in NZ or Australia. So if the students are taught the skills while in school reagrdless of their new situation they will perform to the best of their abilities.