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... an entirely different perspective on teaching math and what kind of classroom I want to have in the future!
3. How big is the school in New Zeland?
The school has 600 students between 8th and 12th grade (they call it year 9 - year 13), so it is very small! That's about 120 students per grade.
4. Did you see any Kangaroos?
Kangaroos are found in Australia, actually! You might be able to see some ...
... Whanau (1:55 - 2:20)
Period 5 (2:20 - 3:20)
What I enjoy most about the school schedule is that it runs on a 6-day rotation, so every day I have classes in a different order. For example, today I had:
Period 1: Algebra 2
Period 2: Calc
Period 3: Plan
Period 4: Observe
Period 5: Plan
Whereas tomorrow, I will have:
Period 1: Calc
Period 2: Algebra ...
... behind. We were then brought to a community room, asked to take off our shoes, and sit with the women in back and the men in front. For the next hour, there was an exchange of speeches in the Maori language, so I was lost, but understood it was conversations of appreciation, thanks, and warm welcomes.
This was a great opportunity to be invited to and I am grateful because it is certainly ...
After leaving the Northland, back via Auckland, we curved back up North to the Coromandel Peninsular. We stayed in a place called Thames, which used to be the gold mining town on NZ- some of which still happens today elsewhere on the peninsular. We stayed in a holiday park that night- much much much nicer than the DoC! We actually had hot showers, a TV / games room and a swimming pool! Complete luxury ...
... the legs) to cathedral cove! Was a beautiful beach , we had a swim and walked back :-) Then at low tide we headed down to hot water beach for the evening sun and the famous hot pools! We made the mistake of digging our hole to close to the sea and didn't realise how quick the tide would come back in and lost all our belongings to a wave! Toms camera has unfortunately broke :( but he did manage to save the ...