Collaborative Teaching Game: Testers needed!

We are excited to support creative and connected educator Ximena Aitken as she plays with professional ideas and concepts in a game!

Jumping into collaborative teaching, while teaching, has to be one of the greatest challenges we face as we move to collaborative learning environments. It’s not an easy task to learn on the job while managing the complexity and dynamic environment of day-to-day teaching.
How might we expose ourselves to challenges without the pressure? What if developing collaborative teaching skills could be gamified?  Can professional development be gamified? Keen to help me find out?  I’ve designed a collaborative teaching board game and need beta testers to see if it could work.
Please fill in the Doodle poll to help me organise the best day:
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WellyED Events Term 3

Nau mai, haere mai! You are warmly invited to the following events:

Student-led workshops and innovative ideas
Come and meet with other teachers who are currently, or are planning on using student-led workshops and innovative ideas in their classrooms and schools.
Share some ideas and get a fresh voice from outside your staffroom over a wine or beer and fries. Steal the good ideas from people who are already using them, and learn from the mistakes of others to help guide your own progress.
When? 3pm, Saturday 16 September
Where? Southern Cross Garden Bar (Abel Smith Street)
Mapping the conditions for student wellbeing
Join a facilitated discussion around a prototype for mapping and mobilising the conditions for youth wellbeing. It’s designed by the good people of Lifehack, and there are definite prompts for thinking about learner-centredness in our schools.
When? 4-5pm, Thursday 21 September
Where? Boardroom, CORE Education, 121A Thorndon Quay
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I have been pondering all the ways we can share our real stories about what is happening in our education worlds with other people. How do people hear about new things they have yet to try? How do we gain enough courage to try new ideas?
One of the best (and free) PLD I have been to over the past few years has been eduignite evenings. Hearing stories about what other people are currently doing, planning to do, and all the thinking around “why” is guaranteed to make me smile!  I love to hear these genuine stories and take some time to think about how I could use what they are sharing in my own little world.
(EduIgnitewelly 2016 was at Pukerua Bay School – this tweet sums it up nicely! )
The EduIgnite session is set up with people sharing 20 slides that autoadvance every 15 seconds to make a 5 minute presentation. There is no obligation to share (but I would love to hear your story!) and anyone is welcome to attend. (Maybe this year we could hear from some students?)
There will be drinks and nibbles provided (thanks to Mark Osborne from Leading Learning) from 5.30 pm.
WellyED’s EduIgnite evening is back in 2017 at St Bernard’s College in Lower Hutt on Thursday the 1st June from 5.30pm.
Hope to see you there!!
Paula @heymrshay
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Ordinary is Extraordinary

WellyED co-founder Philippa Nicoll Antipas (@AKeenReader) muses on the ordinary things we do that will be celebrated at #educampwelly17 on February 25th at Raroa Intermediate.

My colleague and I were working away in our shared office space at school. She turned to me and asked a question – I can’t remember what it was – but in response I looked at a sheet of paper pinned to the wall directly to the right of my computer screen. She asked me what the paper was – was it some communication from senior management that she had missed? Nope – it was just my term planner that I make for myself at the start of every term.

I explained further how I created it, what it included, and how it helped me stay on top of my lesson planning and marking (and reports, and parent-teacher conferences, and extra-curricular responsibilities, and meetings… you know the drill…). She was amazed! What a brilliant idea, she thought.

Didn’t seem all that sexy to me, I thought. Just my A-type, uber-organised personality coming to the fore. Boring and logical, I thought.

But that’s kind of the point really, isn’t it?

It was a tool I had created, nothing special to me, but seemed innovative to my colleague.

So I wonder, what is it that YOU do in YOUR classroom or to organise your teaching life that you don’t see as anything very “much”, but would be astounding to someone else? A great deal, I’m willing to bet.

And this is what #educampwelly17 is all about: celebrating the ordinary things that you do, that will be – that ARE – extraordinary to others. Come and share: Saturday February 25th at Raroa Intermediate. Register here. Koha appreciated.

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How do I like thee, Educampwelly? Let me count the ways…

Thank you to dedicated WellyEDer Kelly Layton for this reflection on why educampwelly is one of her favourite forms of professional learning. Follow Kelly on Twitter @Kellylayton99. Remember if you want to be up-to-date with WellyED and educampwelly, the easiest way is to follow this blog (click on the blue button just over there to the right!), to follow us on Twitter @Welly_ED, and to join our group on G+.

Summer is wonderful, there is so much to take pleasure in. Personally, I love being able to walk in the bush every day, have a coffee on the sea front, do silly jobs that I never make time for all year (this year was cleaning the pantry), making plans, not making plans, barbecues with friends I never see enough of, naps, listening to podcasts about all manner of topics, and breathing.

Work is there, but in a lovely, gentle way. I flick through Twitter, save a few links I know I’ll want to think about more later: new ideas I want to know more about, old ideas I want to examine further, parts of my programme I know need refreshing. Maybe even chip away at some professional reading before I fall asleep under the old Ngaio out front. It’s no stress, no pressure, just percolating quietly at the back of my summer brain.

Then the start of the year rolls around. This year I’m looking forward to co-teaching with a long time colleague with senior students from year 4-6. She has many strengths I don’t and I look forward to learning from her, as well as from the students who will cause us to learn as much as we aim to help learning happen for them.

It’s with this frame of mind, Educampwelly appears at the start of the learning year when enthusiasm and energy are still high, programmes are still evolving, and there’s time and space to reflect on and inject new ideas. I really enjoy this educator-organised, educator-led time of professional learning. What’s to love? What’s not to, more like!

  • It’s nice to be in a room full of educators who are clearly enthusiastic about teaching and learning. They bring a buzz of energy, and it’s great to reconnect with people you may not see that often.
  • Welly has some amazing educators. At Educamp, you get a close up look at what these exciting and innovative people are doing. You get to ask questions pertinent to your learners and practice, and all the nitty-gritty things you have been wondering about.
  • People at Educamp organise what happens at Educamp. Listening to the smack-down (people at the start of the day have a minute to talk about something they’re really excited about) gets you excited about what the day may bring. You write up what you would like to explore further in sessions, the marvellous team whip up a timetable and voila! An exciting day of learning and connecting.
  • I really enjoy the no pressure feel. Not being a fan of public speaking, there is no expectation to do so. For those keen to speak up, their contributions are very welcome! The sessions are run as discussions with people sharing what they know, asking questions, making connections and challenging ideas. No-one is ‘the expert’, though some may have more experience about the topic. Everyone contributes positively in the way that suits them. Relaxed, but with energy.
  • At the end of it all, I feel excited at what the year may bring, how I may include all the rich learning I have got from the day, and the connections made or re-forged. I feel inspired to be in a profession with such a cool bunch of people doing great things all over the capital. And there may even be pizza and beer.

My wish list for this year? I hope there’s something about co-teaching, about exciting and meaningful maths programmes, I’m always interested in how people are developing learning agency, I’m keen to see if people are keen to connect our learners and get visits happening, and of course the exciting unknown!

If you’ve been to Educamp before, see you on February 25th. If you haven’t, give it a go! Bring a friend or three, or come alone – you certainly won’t be lonely. It’s a few hours very well spent.

Here are my reflections from Educamp Welly 2016.


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Save the Date!

#educampwelly is coming back for another year in 2017 – so here’s your advance notice to save the date and spread the word!

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Cookies and Coffee

Ah. Term 4. Daylight savings, weather (slowly) improves, the slide towards Christmas.

And then the quakes.

And the floods.

And the reports. And camps. And meetings. And, and…

So, join us fellow educators. WellyED is having a soothing catch up at Churton Park School on Thursday, 1st December from 3:30pm onwards. RSVP here. Drop by, bake a cookie. Eat it. Chat with colleagues and find a small oasis of calm for a while.

Bring a friend and spread the word.

See you there!


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