Puru Park Motel

2 West Crescent, Te Puru, Thames, The Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Thames

Coromandel Peninsula

A travel blog entry by richard.wolters


... is still unpolluted and pristine/ The Coromandel State Forest stretches almost the entire length of the Peninsula. If you just want to relax , laze around and do some fishing this is the place to be. The place is scattered with sleepy towns like Tairua. ...

End Of Term 1

A travel blog entry by slsmolowe


... clear they were not following along. My cooperating teacher in this class was a very helpful resource in this situation. I found myself being very visual with my board work and writing everything out step by step, even if the students knew it perfectly. I also found that worksheets would help them because they had something to point at when they had a question. Even though it was a challenge, it was a great and very ...

For my Manheim Township Students!

A travel blog entry by slsmolowe


... you do! There is less computer work here than in Mrs. Abel's room, because we do not have class sets.

27. What did you do on your free time?
Each weekend, my host family has been taking me and the other two student teachers around to see different parts of the North Island of NZ (NZ has a north and south island). A lot of my free time during the week nights is spent planning math lessons, but my weekends are ...

Grading and Assessments

A travel blog entry by slsmolowe


... is given as an internal exam, and the rest are given as external exams. So, at the end of the school year, they have one three hour test that covers everything else they've learned besides trigonometry.

Imagine that! Students spend an entire year in a course and only have one opportunity to pass it. It's no wonder it's so hard to wrap my mind around this when the US has teachers distributing points for everything and using them ...

School Environment

A travel blog entry by slsmolowe

... on the coffee). The students use this time to go outside and throw a rugby ball or talk with friends before the next set of classes begin. There are definitely benefits to this break in the day for both faculty and students!

The best way I can sum up the difference in school environment is that New Zealand is far more relaxed. It certainly has its benefits and its drawbacks, but seems to work perfectly for this school.


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