Hi everyone! I'm based in Auckland, New Zealand and it's supposed to be coming into our beautiful summertime. Currently, it's grey, drizzling and anything but summertime! I've been teaching for 18 years and last year left my position as a Deputy (Assistant) Principal to study full time for my Doctor of Education. I'm still teaching part-time too though - relieving / substituting. I have a couple of regular schools which is great as I get to know the students really well.
|Auckland City - from the harbour|
|One of our beaches|
I've been blogging for a long time - since the beginning of 2010 - but I'm not all that consistent! One of my goals this year is to blog at least once a week as part of my reflection on my new learning journey. In July last year I started my Doctor of Education through the University of Otago. So far so good - absolutely loving it. My research focus is on gifted and talented students and how we identify them and meet their learning needs and also support our already stretched classroom teachers who are trying to meet the needs of all learners.
|University of Otago|
I love reading and commenting on other blogs because it gives me a insight into the thoughts of others and challenges my thinking on a wide range of issues. I try to make sure that I don't just read education blogs. The wider the range the better - keeps your mind open to new ideas and possibilities. I keep up with them by following via email, generally. Some of my favourite education ones, however are:
Learning with 'e's - Steve Wheeler
Dangerously Irrelevant - Scott McLeod
Cool Cat Teacher - Vicki Davis
The Principal of Change - George Couros
Claire Amos - Learning Leading Change
Four Seasons in One Kiwi - Stephanie Thompson
These are just a few - there are a huge number more from all over the world. The more the merrier to challenge my thinking!
My goals for the #EdublogsClub are to continue to connect with other educators, both locally and globally and to share ideas and conversations around learning and teaching. I'd also love to connect with others who are interested in the same area of research that I am.
As far as advice for newbies... just jump in and enjoy. Don't be afraid to share your ideas. You'll find that everyone is really supportive and encouraging, particularly if they've joined a challenge such as this one. You'll be surprised by the feedback and conversations and connections that develop. Don't feel that it has to be an 'academic standard' essay-type exercise. Think of it more as a conversation with other like minds. :-)
Looking forward to this initiative and encouragement / prod to blog!