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  • Catriona Pene

    There's not that many of us so I guess us Catrionas should be friends and stick together! : ) Nice to see another one on the VLN.

  • Sally Shroff

    Hi Catriona
    How is your ALIM group going. I have now finished with mine and had great success. Children moved at least two and sometimes four stages. If I can help you in any way with ideas please give me a bell. Sally

  • Shelley Muston

    Hi Catriona
    Yes, I've spent an inordinate amount of time making games,especially so they could take them home each week, but otherwise have just used what we already had in the school. I found the Julie Roberts CD of Maths games invaluable. Also, am beginning to use the learning objects on digistore and games from the links on nzmaths. Hope it begins well for you. Lots of luck!

  • Sally Shroff

    Hi Catriona
    How did your testing go? I have had great success and learnt from my mistakes with my ALiM group. I hope all goes well next term. Good Luck

  • Shelley Muston

    Hi Catriona, I am already taking my group -our 'expo' is at the end of August and I am very conscious of how little time is actually left to keep lifting these kids! I have a parents' meeting tonight -I didn't do this right at the beginning and now feel that was a mistake. However, the students are all really engaged and enthusiastic. I started by saying this was a top secret Ministry project- gave them all special folders, a reflection notebook etc. Called them 'agents' of MI6 (Maths inquiry, 6 of them in the group). All very twee, I know, but they were instantly engaged and all very quickly on board. The biggest challenge is getting over the angst of moving them on and just expecting that they will go with you -you haven't got time to cover absolutely everything within a stage, so you have to make a judgement call. So far, they have risen tot he challenge!

  • Toni Twiss

    Hi Catriona Nice to meet you yesterday! Great ideas about ensuring that PD is really modeling exactly the type of learning we are learning about!

  • Jackie Woodland

    Great Walk Barbara is here and told me about your car sorry to hear about that. 1 hour 3/4 to complete walk. I enjoyed yesterday now trying to create an e- asttle test.

  • Jan Cullen

    Hi Catriona,
    Good day today. You raised some good points. It will be interesting to see how the day goes. We discussed the concept with our staff tonight. They were enthusiastic and suggested other ideas as well.

  • Sally Shroff

    Hi Catriona
    I started by selling it to the children's parents and had a meeting with them. This got all of the parents excited. I then started the mission off with a flight plan for each of the children with some real rules and some funny ones. They then signed up to join the mission. I too have them at the end of the day and I thought the children would be a bit hairy but they are great. Have a great week

  • Sally Shroff

    Hi Catriona
    I have completed my ALiM testing and have started working with a group of six children. We have had one light bulb moment. The children love coming to me and its seems to going really well.
    Good luck with your group of children.

  • Enabling e-Learning

    Kia ora Catriona, I'd like to invite you to join the eLearning: Leadership group here on the VLN /pg/groups/53306/elearning-leadership/ - this is funded by the MoE. Come, share what's on top, and vote on those issues of greatest concern to you as a leader with which you'd like support. Look forward to seeing you there:-)

  • Chrissie Butler

    Welcome to Videos for PD. Cool to have you join the group. Don't hesitate to post a comment, say hello or share a video.

  • Bernard Peterson

    Thanks for making me a friend . I have messaged you on my page..

  • Tessa Gray

    Hi there Catriona and welcome to the VLN. This network is growing fast and I'm here to help as the online facilitator. If you're interested in joining ICT PD Online, go to /pg/groups/27633/ict-pd-online/ and request membership.

    Please feel free to share a little about yourself here as well :) Look forward to chatting again soon.