Welcome to Derek’s blog. I like to use this space to share thoughts and record my reflections as things occur to me. Feel free to browse the posts and add your feedback in the comments section where appropriate. I always appreciate receiving feedback from readers as it helps develop my own thinking and reflection.

Recent Posts

Know Your Students

Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata he tangata he tangata!What is the most important thing in the world? It is people it is people it is people! The image at the head of this blog post seems appropriate given the situation in Auckland at present… Continue reading Know Your Students

Hybrid Learning and ChatGPT

Photo by Rodion Kutsaiev on Unsplash In my previous post I shared the responses made to five questions asked by my friend and colleague, Nick Billowes, about hybrid learning as he was pondering the future for schools in 2023. I can now reveal the truth behind these responses… they were 100% generated by the AI, ChatGPT Having read… Continue reading Hybrid Learning and ChatGPT

Hybrid Learning pt.1

Photo by Rodion Kutsaiev on Unsplash My friend and colleague, Nick Billowes, recently asked five questions about hybrid learning as he was pondering the future for schools into 2023. Here are his questions and responses: What is the potential of applying practices of hybrid learning within a schooling educational context as we look to new… Continue reading Hybrid Learning pt.1


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