Kiwi Christmas Day

The best kind of Christmas Day is one where no one gets upset or has a hissy fit; where people chill out; and where family get together.

The kids, me, my ex-husband/kids father, and his other son – sharing the cooking and the eating. All very peaceful. Just as it should be.

Then a walk on the beach in the sun.

First view of the beach and there are many people around - not crowds - it's not that kind of beach - but lots - either paddling, swimming or just doing the traditional Christmas Day walk on the beach.
First view of the beach and there are many people around - not crowds - it's not that kind of beach - but lots - either paddling, swimming or just doing the traditional Christmas Day walk on the beach.
Some freak of weather means that details of Kapiti Island stand out very clear to the observer (but not necessarily to the cell phone camera!).
Some freak of weather means that details of Kapiti Island stand out very clear to the observer (but not necessarily to the cell phone camera!).
There's even someone flying about in a biplane!
There's even someone flying about in a biplane!
A view of the beach looking south.
A view of the beach looking south.
And looking north.
And looking north.
And finally a small pohutukawa tree I spotted on the way home. This is the NZ Christmas tree and tradition says that if it is in bloom before Christmas Day then we'll have a long hot summer.
And finally a small pohutukawa tree I spotted on the way home. This is the NZ Christmas tree and tradition says that if it is in bloom before Christmas Day then we'll have a long hot summer.

End of year posts

I’ve just made a final post to my class blog – next year I’m in a new classroom with a new number and and year level. The new teacher who will be in the new Room 10 probably won’t be taking over the blog – although she’ll take over the Room 10 wiki later in the year.

In the mean time I’ve created a new class wikiand class blog. Next years students are going to be using edublogs for their ePortfolios so I’ve changed the class blog to Blogger.

Saying goodbye to Room 10 hasn’t been as painful as I thought it would be.

They say a change is as good as a holiday …

I’m not really sure who they are but I suspect they are sort of right.

I guess it depends on what we do with the change or even how we approach it but if we do it right it’s great.

The change for me is moving into a new classroom (ex-library) and up a level – from teaching Year 3&4 (Grade 2&3) to Year 5 (Grade 4). Our “middle” part of the school will have 3 vertical teams each with 4 classes and each class teaching a separate year level – Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6. It’s the first time we’ve done something like this at our school but I think it’s exciting.

Because we are a full primary school (Y0-Y8) our Year 6 students are in a bit of a limbo – other primary schools that only go to Year 6 have leadership roles which the Year 5&6 students take up – but in our school those roles are given to the Year 7&8 students. By having vertical teams we should (theoretically) be able to see some of our Year 5/6 students being given opportunities to show leadership within our teams.

I was initially apprehensive of moving up to Year 5 – my previous experience teaching in that level wasn’t so great – but it was in our old format and I was job-sharing and once I realised that it was going to be different then I began to be quite excited by the prospect. Although I will only have 3 students moving with me (the rest being shared out among the other Year 4 & 5 classes) I will still have a core who’ve been through our fantastic year and who’ve done much of the eLearning experimenting/experiencing with me (including my fantastic student who featured in my Ulearn09 presentation). These 3 students will be my ‘experts’ for the first term.

My new classroom is going to be fantastic – we move in on Monday and when we visited the empty library today the kids started planning out where desks and “learning space” (not my term!) could be. We’ll have a week and a half in there before we break for our summer holidays. I shot a short video of the library before the books were packed; after they were packed and the shelves moved; I’ll shoot one on the weekend when my son and I move some of the gear over and then another short one with the desks and kids in there. Then I’ll merge them all and post here.

I’m looking forward to next year – it’s going to be another exciting, fast moving, thrilling eLearning journey for me and my class.

And my motto for next year?

I have two (which I am going to turn into posters for the classroom):

  • Learning is about taking a risk
  • Learning is about flying high
  • Both inspired by an old book (late 70’s publication) I have called “Skies Call 2” full of skydiving photos taken by Andy Keech that has some truly spectacular photo shots. (The one below features on the cover of the book.)
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    My class will be the Room Nine High Divers. We’re going to dive into learning, take risks, enjoy new challenges and soar to new heights.

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