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  • Neil Penfold 18 Nov 2016 8:41pm () in Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016

    As a result of engaging in NAPP/EEL conversations online, I can now apply leadership thinking and strategies that …

    * demonstrates my commitment to equity,  excellence and accelerated progress for my students.

    * are built not only on my own "feel" for my job,  but also based on sound research,  best practice,  and collaboration with colleagues and other teachers in the education community.

    * helps build the capacity of others,  through explicit coaching and learning conversations that focus on improved teaching.

    * enables Maori students to achieve as Maori,  and respects and strengthens our unique bi-cultural society in Aotearoa.

    * puts the best interests of our tamariki at the very centre of all my decisions.



  • Neil Penfold 26 Aug 2016 10:35am () in FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Sometimes our immediate response when discussing "innovation" in schools is to focus on MLE's or what BYOD programme is in place or the latest apps to use in the classroom.  Whilst all of these are interesting and important,  the real innovation should come from our pedagogy and the effect that it has on the student's learning.

    At Mission Heights Junior College,  innovation for us comes through collaborative planning and teaching between learning areas,  and strong student voice in helping to guide the direction that the student's learning takes.

    Innovation shouldn't be just for innovation's sake,  but surely the intent must be to have a positive effect on student learning.  True innovation is hard.  Sometimes there is a feeling that "it's all be done before" and also that practice can be cyclical.  What is seen as "new",  has sometimes been done before,  but has since fallen out of favour.

    As teachers we need to be open to sharing our practice with others,  sharing what has worked (and not). The best new ideas I have seen recently,  have come from the students themselves,  or where teachers have worked together - "bouncing ideas" off of each other.  Schools need to be truly collaborative.  Parents also have a role to play here,  but this can be a challenge and I still do not fully understand the different ways that this can work.