Author Archives: lasampsonator

Why do we have prizegivings?

I’ve been pondering as we enter prizegiving season – why we even have this ritual? Is it benefiting all students, celebrating all students, being inclusive of all? Please don’t get me wrong, this is not the moan of a parent … Continue reading

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Introverts are OK

I’m having a little trouble writing this cause I’m an introvert. I am dead keen on making my mark in education and I really care about the outcomes for students. I truly am OK in front of students, its just … Continue reading

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A risk paid off

I just had a scroll back through my posts to check how long ago it was that I was driven to write about my son’s struggles at school. Well it has been 10 months and a lot has changed. Late … Continue reading

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Investigating Alice 3

I have to admit I’m a little bit sceptical about the benefits of using Alice in the classroom compared with other applications. However I do have to teach it this year, so today I have tasked myself with investigating how … Continue reading

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Learning Python – Part 2

The second night was full on with us creating a text based game using multiple classes and inheritance. It was a great learning experience and a good refresher on classes, objects and instances. Something it always takes me time to get my … Continue reading

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Learning Python – Part 1

Tonight I went to the first evening of two, on how to program in Python, specifically aimed at teachers. The workshop was being run by Tanya Gray from Gather Workshops. They run economical, fantastic PD for Digital Technologies and I … Continue reading

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Year 10 – Mixing it up

After the Ulearn session on “Creativity is not just for the arts” run by Steve Mouldey, it got me thinking about how I could apply his MacGyver activity to my Year 10s as a great discussion about prototyping and knowing your stakeholder. … Continue reading

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Girl Geek Dinner – Auckland

Last night I attended my first ever “Girl Geek Dinner“. I took my daughter who is a first year engineering student in the hope that it would help her start to make some contacts in the world that she will … Continue reading

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Resilience

It has been a while since I have blogged, and I put that down to the fact that I’ve been building my resilience. I was in hospital with my son the other night and it was this tweet from AnneMarie … Continue reading

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No Regrets

Every so often I, like so many others, lapse into that “what if” state of mind. For me its the what if I hadn’t had this crazy idea to move to Auckland?  And yes it hasn’t been easy, but look … Continue reading

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