Ahh! What better way than starting a blog with a post titled with an overused, clichéd internet meme. Fortuitous beginnings.
Anyway. I got sick of being stuck with the 140 character limit on Twitter – and being a naturally rambly fellow, decided to get a blog up and cranking.
Hi! I’m Matt, and I’m an edu-holic tech-aholic.
B.A + Hons @ Vic
1 year in Korea teaching English (안녕하세요!)
3 years in Taiwan teaching English (你好!)
Teacher trained in Palmerston North @ Massey (Wassup dawg!)
It’s my very first brand-spanking-new year as a teacher. I was lucky enough to land a gig at Amesbury School in Churton Park, Wellington. It’s also brand-spanking new, so we get along together pretty well.
We do some amazing stuff out at Amesbury School. We have flexible learning spaces, we run two hubs (Year 1 – 2: Koru Hub, and Year 3 – 6: Harakeke Hub), we team-teach, we ground our curriculum in Inquiry, we learn Mandarin, Te Reo, and music. Heaps more stuff too! I’ll catch you guys up with it in upcoming blog posts.
|Flexible, open learning spaces at Amesbury School|
So why did I start a blog? Well, it’s a fairly interesting mundane story really. I’ve just been initiated into the demographic of ‘smartphone user’ (to be specific, a Samsung Galaxy S3 – love!) and I was going to hit up my fellow teachers about some sweet apps I’d been investigating and how they could be of use in the classroom / for teacherly organisation / for playing grumpy birds. I thought, if I’m going to be writing some mini app reviews, I may as well make them available to any other teacher people lurking about the internets. Hence, these humble beginnings.
Here’s what I was hoping this blog could also be:
A place for reflection, thought and critical analysis.
A place to share – ideas, resources, tidbits, and stuff we’ve been up to.
A place to celebrate.
A place to not take things too seriously.
I’m particularly interested in:
Holistic assessment, meaningful usage of tech, enhancing parental and community involvement, teacher training and PRT, passion-based-learning, and authentic, purposeful, engaging learning. Techy-interests include Google Apps, Android, open-source. Also, rocking it out on the guitar (and making a fool of myself).
That’s a little bit of a look into what will follow on this blog.
So.. yeah, nice to meet you!
tl;dr Name’s Matt. I’m a primary school teacher in NZ. This is my blog. Going to post education-related bits and pieces.