Let’s Hear It For the Principals

Hello readers! Apologies for a longer-than-usual absence from this blog.  Since I last wrote, my Fulbright cohort completed our midpoint presentations, Elijah and I took a two-week trip around the North Island, I continued conducting interviews at schools, and my cohort member, Susy, gave her final presentation.  She’ll go home next week, and soon after … Continue reading Let’s Hear It For the Principals

Observations of a Kiwi Culture

It’s amazing the number of differences you can identify when travelling in another westernized, English-speaking country.  There are so many similarities that sometimes the differences can be jarring.  At first this left me on edge—going through daily life unsure of when I’d encounter a difference, or discover I was doing something wrong.  Even simple things, … Continue reading Observations of a Kiwi Culture

A Welcoming Culture

Most of the Fulbright teachers to New Zealand. My Fulbright grant officially kicked off on February 1.  This first week included an orientation led by the Fulbright New Zealand office and an orientation at Victoria University of Wellington.  Both orientations gave the Fulbright grantees opportunities to learn about New Zealand culture, particularly the Maori culture.  … Continue reading A Welcoming Culture