Professional Development

My professional development since beginning my career as a teacher.

2012-02-15 15:30:00

NZTC Registration Training

The registration process.

2012-02-22 09:00:00

Engagement in the Classroom

Classroom management, creating engaging lessons across the curriculum, engaging parents, whanau and the community. Emotional and behavioural engagement also discussed.

2012-03-21 09:00:00

Reading and Oral Language

Focussed on all aspects of the reading programme. Provider: Learning Network West Auckland.

2012-03-21 15:30:00

WAVES (Family Violence)

Introductory session: Definitions, statistics.

2012-04-11 15:30:00

WAVES (Family Violence) part 2

Policies, procedures, ongoing study they were conducting. School contributed towards data.

2012-05-09 09:00:00


Vocabulary, resources, planning. Provider: Learning Network, West Auckland.

2012-05-17 11:05:34

Individual Maths Session

Observed model lesson. Diagnostic question, thinking groups, materials. Providor: Jill Smythe

2012-05-30 09:00:34

Health Promoting Schools - Ka Hikitia

Discussion of Ka Hikitia and the tools that can be used to promote Maori achievement.

2012-06-06 09:00:34

Evidence Based Learning

Focus on IKAN, Probe, E-Asttle assessments and how to create hotspot spreadsheets to focus your teaching programme. Provider: Learning Network, West Auckland

2012-06-12 15:30:34

E-Asttle Writing

Introduction to marking rubrics, reference materials, levelling and the 'where to next' tools.

2012-07-17 09:00:34


Focussed on WAPA 2020 Strategy. Keynote: Raising Maori Achievement. Seminars attended: Student-Led Conferences; Diversity of Special Needs Students; Student Summary; Cafe Breakout.

2012-08-01 09:00:34

Oral & Written Language

Focus on E-Asttle and the use of websites to provide some variety in your programme Provider: Learning Network, West Auckland.

2012-08-08 15:30:34

Curriculum Mapping

Incorporating the NZC vision, key competencies and values into subject areas. Provider: Neil Mahoney

2012-08-22 15:15:01

Maths - ALIM

Advanced Learning in Maths system for below standard learners. Provider: Mathematics Leader from local school.

2012-08-29 09:15:01

Effective Pedagogy

Adapting teaching styles to meet the needs of learners.

2012-09-20 10:00:01


Focussed on assisting me with 2 problems I have in my classroom.

2012-09-27 10:55:05

Maths planning

Setting up groups, tumble activities. Demonstrated using a 'think sheet', NZ Maths Illustrations. Provided me with Mad Minute templates.

2012-10-01 12:00:05

Easiteach Software

Useful refresher and provided some useful ideas. Sat with Mentor Teacher and bounced ideas off each other of how it could be used.

2012-10-01 12:00:05


Concentrated on use of 'Thinking' tools including: Broom's Effective Teaching, Gartners Multiple Intelligences and the Habits of Mind. Demonstrated how used for constructing reading & writing lessons as well as for behaviour management.

2012-10-24 15:30:31

RTLB - Behaviour Management Plan for Extreme Students

Plan co-constructe for 2 students. Different behaviours, underlying issues and possible controls all generated.

2012-10-31 13:30:31

Te Reo & Tikanga

Communicative Te Reo tasks demonstrated, their use for behaviour management. Number of activities, phrases, resources and ideas provided. Strong message - refer to MoE resources.

2013-03-13 16:00:31

Lighting the Literacy Fire

Jill Eggleton: Focussed on writing process and how to engage children.

2013-03-21 14:00:31

Literacy Leaders

Turning the Literacy Plan and Teaching as Inquiry plans into actions for whole school development. Provider: Team Solutions - Colleen Bott

2013-03-22 14:30:31

State Swim Safe - Lesson Observation

Whole class swimming lesson. Observed model lesson by facilitator, including structure, swimming styles and games.

2013-03-27 14:00:31


Time spent with Jill Smythe to discuss warm up activities for stage 5 and 6 students. Discussed making greater use of Teacher Number Knowledge Book 4. Variations of the 1000s books games, dice colouring and others.

2013-03-27 15:30:31

Maths - Whole School

Concentrated on the use of Rich Tasks for maths. Resources/activities available online. Time spent looking at a particular context and all of the things a student could look at.

2013-04-10 18:00:31

Ignite Evening

Focusses on use of ICT. After attending I started my own teaching blog, had face to face with many peers from Twitter. Very motivating.

2013-05-15 09:00:37

Senior school writing observations

Working with Colleen Bott we observed all teachers in the senior team focussing on DATs, WALTs, the writing process and what teachers were doing with their writing inquiry.

2013-05-22 09:30:37

E-Learning Presentation - Luke Sumich

Luke was presenting a summary of his trip through the US investigating eLearning. Emphasis on the why and promoted focussing on what you wanted students to do rather than the Apps to do it with.

2013-05-23 13:30:37


Focussed on the effective planning for Reading & Writing, range of activities and dealt with some of the problems we are having in our classrooms.

2013-08-28 13:30:37

Diverse Learners

Looking at how to cater with all of different learners within the classroom. 1. Diverse learning needs. 2. Catering for them. 3. Fitting it all in. 4. Topics for inquiry.

2013-09-02 09:00:37

WAPA eLearning

Visited Taupaki School to spend time in Y8 class. Observed & discussed: Code Augmented Reality Morfo 3D printing Hackasaurus Management of devices - Meraki Management of passwords

2013-09-05 09:00:37

Blended Learning

Discussing iPad management, workflows, layering, sharing and safety. Specific apps/programs used included: Apple TV, Reflector, Socrative, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Explain Everything, Prezi. Provider: TTS

2013-09-12 13:00:37

Apple Learning Seminar

Apple hosted event. Hands on learning using iPads and MacBooks on Pages, ExplainEverything, Popplet, PuppetPals, iMovie, iBooks, iTunesU.

2013-10-16 15:15:37

Planning for High Needs Pt 1

Ex-principal from Westbridge at school to outline how to cope with, manage and plan for high behavioural needs students.

2013-10-23 15:15:37

Planning for High Needs Pt 2

Ex-principal from Westbridge at school to outline how to cope with, manage and plan for high behavioural needs students.

2013-10-30 13:30:37

Science, Literacy & extras

Final session at the Learning Network with Provided resources/outlines to help with several areas.

2013-10-30 16:00:37

9 in 90

Hosted by WAPA 2020 elearning team. Focussed on digital photography, animation, video, blogging and programming software. Aimed at PC users but several points for pedagogical and engagement areas.

2014-01-30 09:00:37

Engaging Diverse Minds

Dr Rich Allen. Provided by Learning Network. Movement to immerse students in learning and support brain function - Student conversations to process content and embed long-term memories - Visual memory devices to support visual learners - Novelty to re-engage student attention and spark higher levels of interest - Choice to provide different personalities with a safe learning environment - Music to enhance learning and recall and support classroom management - Memory pegs to ensure every student can recall content

2014-03-12 15:30:37


Ministry of Education at school to assist with rolling out data collection strategy for PB4L programme.

2014-03-19 10:30:37

WAPA - Engagement

WAPA conducting regular sessions on engagement. I was invited to present on use of Twitter & Quadblogging. Also listened to 6 other presentations.

2014-03-19 15:15:37

NZCER Website

DP met with team to outline all possible ways that we could analyse & utilise NZCER marking of PAT tests.

2014-05-01 09:00:37

BYOD 2014

Attended presentations on Digital Citizenship, Google, BYOD, Project Learning, BYOD Pedagogy.

2014-05-02 11:00:37

Awataha Marae visit

A staff visit to teach us more about the protocols for visiting a marae. Also completed workshops on our Pepeha, harakeke weaving and singing an action song.

2014-06-05 09:00:37

WAPA eLearning

WAPA session to promote eLearning amongst the cluster. 7 schools presented their journeys then an approach was formed for a way forward in the cluster.

2014-07-18 09:00:37

First Aid Training

Designed for first aid in the workplace. We learnt about rescue breathing, CPR, recovery position, choking, bandaging and many other aspects to help staff in the playground and classroom.

2014-07-26 09:30:37


Presented in Smackdown, as well as session on Kidsedchatnz. Attended smackdown, Code Club for teachers, Minecraft & Slam sessions. Blogged:

2014-08-08 08:30:37

#EdchatNZ Conference

1st conference organised by the #edchatnz team I presented with Simone Gentil about Kidsedchatnz on Day 1 (see programme).

2014-09-20 09:30:37


Hosted by Mokoia Intermediate, Rotorua. Blogged my learning at

2014-09-30 11:00:37

Minecraft GHO

Designed to continue the minecraft journey started by EducampMinecraft. Organised by Sonya van Schaijik.

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