August 25, 2019

Make sure you register your interest to find out when early bird bookings open for Dan's two September 2020 New Zealand workshops. 

From Dan Finkel's popular TEDx Talk-

"Dan Finkel wants everyone to have fun with math. After completing his Ph.D. in algebraic geometry at the University of Washington, he decided that teaching math was the most important contribution he could make to the world. He has devoted much of his life to understanding and teaching the motivation, history, aesthetics, and deep stru...

May 9, 2019

I strongly recommend that if ever you have an opportunity to see James present, take it. By morning tea time, in fact, just a few sentences in, you will be inspired. You will be challenged. You will reflect on your practice. You will make positive change. 

What can I do, as a teacher, as a leader, to get my students, to get my teachers, to make more steps in their learning?

  • Wear a 'pedagogical pedometer'. 

What culture do we want to set? 

  • Reflect on the teachers you had at school. Who mot...

July 26, 2018

Always engaging, James Nottingham will be presenting in New Zealand in May 2019. In the meantime watch James' clip on 'Labels limit learning'. 

July 26, 2018

After hearing of Professor Guy Claxton's very-unofficial new title of Sir Guy Claxton, Kath Murdoch is now joking that she would like to be known as Lady Kath Murdoch. It is a title fitting for a presenter so incredibly inspiring, passionate and approachable about her work in inquiry-based education, that here at Lancewood Education we're happy to roll with it!

Thank you Kath for your work with us, you are a marvel and we look forward to seeing you back here in the future. Also, thank you so much...

January 26, 2018

Make sure you book early so you do not miss out on the 'guru of inquiry', Kath Murdoch, coming to Nelson and Dunedin in June 2018.

Bookings are open now, with an early bird special and group booking rates. Bring the whole team!

August 10, 2017

Another fabulous day with Gail Loane and a bunch of keen teachers from early primary through to secondary. So much covered with such passion and depth from Gail; there's always something new to learn, even after hearing Gail four times now!

A few gems from this time round-

The teacher must show a love and passion for writing to inspire this in the children. 

Draft writing books - as a record of progress + teacher progress. Use what is happening in kids’ books as the data/evidence. Look for problems/habi...

May 9, 2017

Please don't be embarrassed if you think there are only four strands in the science curriculum, you'd not be the only one! The 5th, and arguably the most important is often overlooked: The Nature of Science. 

The Nature of Science was an important focus of the day with Pete Smith, Education Manager of the National Science Roadshow and Manager of the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy. 

Pete left attendees, from early childhood through to intermediate, with plenty of practical ways they could weave...

November 5, 2015

I'm really excited about the full line up of incredible Lancewood Education presenters coming to Nelson in 2016, but one that I am excited about as both a teacher, and as a parent, is Australian clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller.


It is said that Andrew, “puts the heart back into psychology” and that he is an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane”.  Hearing Andrew speak on Neuroscience and Learning will be incredibly interesting and entertaining, with today's research...

October 14, 2015


With a turn out of over 40 teachers, from as far away as Greymouth and the Rai Valley for our holiday course by Gail Loane, there are going to be some very inspired students during their writing sessions in term four!
Every time I see Gail present there is more and more to reflect on and teaching practices to adapt, making some simple modifications to truly meet the needs of the students and move them forward in their learning. 


I'm amazed at how much Gail manages to pack into a day, but here are so...

September 1, 2015

Ten hardy teachers came from far and wide across the Nelson region last Wednesday to attend Charlotte WIlkinson's course, 'Numbers and The Number System: Place Value - the full story'.




Beginning with a quick overview on the history of numbers, explaining how Roman numerals soon became inefficient, the introduction of decimals by a European minister of finance (surprise, surprise), and how different countries incorporate place value into their language, it soon became apparent just how much we are e...

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