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The Teaching Tree

Kia Ora!

I’m Katrina – my friends call me Tree – hence the teaching tree is the title for this blog. This blog was born out of a need to share and track my thinking, my experiments and reading when I worked as a full time teacher in a high school. I’m a geek who loves geeking, a mum who loves parenting and general creative who loves tinkering. My USP is my creative sideways/beyond the box approach to things potentially stemming from my visual arts background.

I currently work as an education specialist creating innovative learning solutions for schools around New Zealand by day. At all other times in between I am a thinker and an artist, textile designer and writer living with my family in Taranaki, New Zealand. I love colour, use my hands a lot when I talk and like finding tree-filled spaces to get lost in.

Creative solutions for education are my jam. My experiences in tertiary digital technology/pedagogy education (The Mind Lab), corporate learning design processes and corporate workshop design inform my teaching processes and life/thinking in general.

I’m working on finding the balance between fun mum, hum-drum and going for a run. And you know that spark you get when you see someone ‘get it’? I’m all about that. I chase that. I love to ignite that spark-seeking sense of adventure in other educators.

This blog is my outlet for thinking about how we can do things better. We can be optimists, we can be strategists and we can have fun along the way.