Thanks to cluster group hosts for 2013 – and dates for next year.

Two buzzy cluster meetings this week – Hamilton and Tauranga brought our 2013 get togethers to a close. Great to see familiar colleagues and new faces at both events.

In Hamilton on Thursday a small but enthused group gathered to hear Jacqui, Luke and Sue  share about their successful experiments with MOtE in Melville Intermediate classrooms. The highly ITC savvy Luke has edited  a set of videos of these presentations – which will be shared soon.

Then on Friday it was the turn of BOP teachers who gathered at the Tauranga Steiner school for another small but fascinating session.  This session was focussed on “hooks” – different ways to begin MOtE experiences. The evening culminated with everyone in the group having a go at different ways to kick off a mantle experience based on a transport company. The starting points were the same, but the hooks people came up with were strikingly different. Interesting stuff!

I’m sure everyone who has attended a cluster meeting this year would join with me in extending thanks to the teachers and schools who have hosted our meetings this year. We all know how busy teachers’ lives are and so for  people to take time to host, provide food and prepare presentations for colleagues is deeply appreciated. Dates for our first meetings of next year are as follows: Hamilton 17th Feb, Tauranga 18th March. Venues to be advised.

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