Day 4 & 5, Fotos to come

Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
Trip End Jun 24, 2012

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

DAY 4: Willow Park Primary School. To get to this school I had to get up with the early morning songbirds, take a bus to a ferry, the ferry took me to central Auckland where I caught another ferry to Berkenhead. A spectacular commute!

Willow Park principal supports innovative teacher. Before coming to NZ, I'd read about one of his teachers, Emma Winders, who has developed an inquiry based classroom model. I was amazed by what she is doing so I was eager to visit her classroom.  If you want to read her blog, check out   Be sure you look at her Prezi.

Hers isn't the only innovative classroom at Willow Bay where students have a great deal of autonomy in their learning activities. Wait till see pictures of the classroom furniture, not to mention the children's art work, which one teacher incorporates in all learning activities.

Letter to Mary MacDonald Mary,
Thank you for the delicious {roast lamb and rhubarb/almond tart] dinner. My whole day in Berkenhead was wonderful, especially visiting Willow Park School and then going up to Mount Victoria with you for the view.
I had a great day at Owairoa School today.There are 4 student teachers there now from America and at morning tea the  principal intoduced us. Then he asked us up to stand up and they played the Star Spangled Banner. I'm glad you or Judy weren't around to hear me desecrate that song, which I'm sorry to say I did.!/OwairoaPrimary/status/213421558239199232?photo=1
Anyhow they promised not to put it on YouTube and we all had a laugh and I spent some time with the American students who are from Georgia and Ohio and in heaven here.
Then got another chance to see Reading Recovery Lesson and after lunch, a group of middle level students performed the traditional Maori Haka dance for me at their assembly.  I liked it so much I asked their teachers if they could do it again, and they did! That was certainly a special way to end the week. it moved me as did the children singing their national athem. Beautiful like everything here.

In touch next week.

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Val Sheridan Comer on

Timing is everything, Dr. B! "Shoes optional" would have been interesting last semester in 508. We'd have probably all looked a bit cyanotic, given how cold the room was for the majority of the semester.
Your trip sounds fantastic, and your letter to the students was lovely - warm, positive and encouraging. Looking forward to catching up with you next semester. Be well. vsc

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