They say "a picture's worth a thousand words" so here's my pedagogy in images!
I am currently a Deputy Principal and Google Certified Trainer at Aorere College, Auckland, New Zealand, an increasingly digitised and modern learning institution. You can follow and read about our school's digital journey by visiting aoreredigital.com.
stuartkellynz.com is the personal blog of me, Stuart Kelly (@stuartkellynz). I created it after becoming a firm believer in the power of online collaboration and the positive benefits of sharing resources locally and globally. I blog mostly on modern teaching & learning pedagogy and digital technology in education. I also host a weekly twitter chat #digitaledchat every Monday night during term time. The storifies of these chats are posted on this site.
Please note the views expressed on this blog are entirely my own and in no way reflect the opinions or views of Aorere College.
My education story
In 1992 I completed my secondary schooling at Awatapu College in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I was fortunate to be taught by a number of teachers who would be seen today as excellent teachers in today's modern learning context and were simply brilliant back in the early '90s. A number of my teachers back then focused on the "how" of learning as much as the "what", a teaching style truly innovative so long ago!
I then continued my education studies at Massey University (Palmerston North) graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts (English & Education) and a Diploma in Business Studies (Sport & Recreation Management), 1997. In retrospect, the quality of teaching I received at this time was very traditional, one-way transmission and questioning of content and educator was strongly discouraged.
After working in the real world for one year, I then obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from Massey University, Auckland in 1999 and that same year was very fortunate to obtain my first English teaching position at Orewa College. This school was and is still led by Kate Shevland. Kate has had a huge influence on my teaching philosophy through consistently demanding high expectations and very good quality teaching and learning from any Orewa College teacher or student. While at Orewa College, I was one of the first in a New Zealand school to obtain the International Computers Drivers License, an experience that piqued my interest in digital & modern learning contexts.
In 2003, I was appointed Head of English at Waiuku College in rural Franklin, New Zealand. Once again, I was very fortunate to learn my trade as a curriculum manager from some very, very good innovative and in some cases, still excellent Heads of Departments. Teaching students at both Orewa & Waiuku were fantastic learning opportunities. In both schools, the students were highly motivated, independent, very capable academically and keen to try different learning styles.
In my first year at Waiuku College, I was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This award enabled me to visit a range of co-educational schools on the east coast of Australia where I researched different Senior English courses and pathways. I came back inspired and informed but also grateful for the considerable autonomy we have in New Zealand schools.
In 2007, I was then appointed Assistant Principal (Assessment & Reporting) at Aorere College, a extraordinarily multi-cultural school in Papatoetoe, Auckland. This school (approximately 50% Polynesian, 20% Indian) was far removed from anything I had previously experienced in either my school days as a student or in my previous teaching locations. This was the first multi-cultural school I had ever taught at and boy did I have some learning to do, let alone my students.
In 2009. I completed my Master of Education Management at Auckland University gaining First Class Honours in the process.
In my current position of Deputy Principal at Aorere College, I lead Aorere Digital and am also in charge of our school's Academic Mentioning and Assessment & Reporting portfolios. Through still teaching one Senior English class each year, I am in the enviable position of being both a educational practitioner in a learning space while simultaneously being a senior leader.
For the last ten years, I have also been a published educator, Step-up lecturer, private tutor and NZQA English contractor for pretty much everything.
I am a firm believer that the New Zealand Curriculum is the jewel in our education crown, a world-leading curriculum that arguably still has so much freedom and potential almost fifteen years since its introduction.
Increasingly at the same time, I see the provision of digital citizenship and competency as much a social justice issues as an academic requirement for all of our students now and in the future. We need our future adults and leaders to be doers and thinkers, followers and leaders, consumers and producers.