the days are just packed

There are some days working in a school, where you get to the end of the day and think, "What did I get done today?" Then there are days like today. A day packed and full of worth. One of my work-life privileges is that once a week, I drop…

how far I'll go

Back in July my daughters and I saw the Moana for the first time. We were in London, staying with friends 12000 km from these shores. This friend about two-thirds of the way through got up, and said "Sure it's alright, but the songs, they're not as good are they?…

we're all mad here

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad." I think sometimes it feels like all of this is mad. That life is getting madder by the…

Give Hope the Keys

"And what other profession needs hope the way teaching does? Hope is the reason so many of us stay in the profession. What’s more, hope can’t – and shouldn’t be – a neutral act. It’s a flashlight we point in the direction we’d like to take ourselves…

Nomanisan

This piece, Silicon Valley Courts Brand Name Teachers should be no real surprise to anyone who's been in education in the last decade. It focuses in on a few teachers who are creating powerful personal brands, to lead change in their classrooms, to integrate digital technology, innovative thinking and social…

Down Lexington Street...

In 1999 - I had the privilege of being part of Underworld’s road crew, on their Beaucoup Fish tour. I worked as a projectionist for the first 3 weeks, but in April they asked me to come out to the US - and mix the show visuals. They asked…

manifesting roads

This is the manifesto that's just been released by the ITP - boldly titled: New Zealand's Digital Future The word origin for manifesto is “manifest” - from the Italian. The definition of ‘manifest’ is: readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain After reading through the…

On bike parks, Pukeahu and Yom Hashoah

Over the weekend we took the girls to Avalon Park. It’s got an old school bike park, with the mini roads painted out with proper signage, roundabouts and intersections. It was designed and built I assume to help children learn and practise road safety. The local mini-train enthusiasts run…

we choose

The Green Party announcement that they will create a plan for universal te reo Māori in public schools has naturally generated a lot of reaction across the New Zealand media, both mainstream and social. Don Rowe's piece in the Spinoff is an excellent response to the mostly negative commentary. Rodney…

see i made a space for you now

It's been an incredible 48 hours, watching what's happened across the USA, as thousands have turned out to defy and protest against Donald Trump's executive order to ban citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the USA. There was chaos that ensued, and arguably there is a constitutional crisis…