Registered teachers criteria (RTC)

As those of you in NZ education will no doubt be aware, the upcoming dissolution of the NZ teachers council (as it is replaced by EDUCANZ as the new body) there is an renewed fervour to have evidence of your teaching practice AND professional practice. Not only must we pass our annual appraisals (which are actually quite useful learning opportunities), but a percentage of teachers will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence that they have met the RTC.

Consequently I am looking into ways of developing that portfolio of evidence in an ongoing, manageable way. Part of it will be linked to this blog which records part of my teaching as inquiry, my general research and reflections on PLD (professional learning development). I stumbled across this.

Digital leaders share their way to success

A really interesting article about an area I want to develop my skill in. It’s one thing to be able to do it to others and have that vision in mind. It is another to convey that in a respectful, meaningful way that results in change.

It’s a tough gig being a school leader in today’s modern learning environment. And that means there’s never been a time in education with a greater need for wise and strategic leadership, writes Carolyn Stuart.

e_leaderMake no mistake we’re living in a time of great change. It’s always exciting, scary, and potentially exhausting. Yet at times of great change, the need for confident, competent well-informed leaders grows.

Digital technology represents a significant change but it’s not the only challenge we’ve seen in our schools in recent years. We now live in a time when school leaders are being held increasingly and publically accountable for student achievement. And this presents somewhat of a dilemma. Our leaders today find themselves in the unenviable position of having to choose between continuing to stick to the practices from the past – which they have always relied on to deliver the outcomes they’re held accountable…

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My Teaching Manifesto

Very cool and real!

Lehrer Werkstatt

My Shangri-la My Shangri-la

Lately, I have had to venture out of my Shangri-la.  It is easy to stay in my classroom and only interact with those whom I trust.  It is harder to venture out and let my voice be heard unto the masses that don’t think the way I do.  I also know that it is only by interacting with each other that we can find our common ground for solving problems.

Teaching in schools can be difficult.  We teachers are emotionally shackled to what we do in our classrooms.  We are bound to our designed curricula much like a mother is bound to her child.   And when confronted with change we often go to that zone of our brains that tell us to fight or flee.  Our tempers flare, our alarm systems scream to alert.  We look for allies, we run and hide in the trenches, and we activate…

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