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Vegetarian roll recipe

December 3rd, 2009
Circa Theatre

Circa Theatre

By popular request – Melissa, one of the chefs at Circa’s Wharfside Restaurant has provided the recipe for the fabulous vego rolls enjoyed by many at The Shifting Thinking Conference!

Vegetarian roll recipe

1 small onion
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup walnuts
1 Tbsp dried sage
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
3 eggs
2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup rolled oats
Puff pasty sheets – cut into rectangles
egg or milk to brush over pasty

Place onion, cottage cheese, walnuts, sage, garlic and seasoning in a food processor and process for about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and process until at desired consistency (some people like it a little more chunky, I tend to process it well).
Brush the edge of the pastry with beaten egg or milk and place a line of filling down the center. Roll into a log and cut into desired shape and brush the top with egg mix or milk.
Cooking time will vary with the size of the rolls, 200 degrees for between 20-40 minutes – until golden brown. Delicious with a good chutney and side salad.

The mix is versatile – I also use it to make vegetarian meat balls and hamburger patties (so the balls/patties will hold their shape make the mix a bit thicker by adding an extra 1/4 cup each of oats and bread crumbs). It is also delicious baked in a loaf tin to make a vegetarian meat loaf. Try adding some sautéed grated carrot and an extra handful of mixed nuts and seeds (roughly chopped).

Cheers Melissa!

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Video: Guy Claxton—Helping students build “learning power”

November 23rd, 2009

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Earlier this month, Guy Claxton, well-known British educationalist and writer, was visiting Wellington. We took this opportunity to get him to talk to some of the school communities we have been working with in our research project, Families and community engagement in education. Guy talked about why and how education needs to be different and what parents can do to help their children. One of the main messages he gave was that schools need to be helping students build “learning power”. He was clear that this did not mean neglecting standards but rather ensuring that students were taught in ways that also helped them become more independent, resourceful, and resilient learners.

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Video: Jane Gilbert on knowledge

November 12th, 2009

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Jane Gilbert, Chief Researcher at NZCER, discusses knowledge and implications for education, as presented on day 1 of The Shifting Thinking conference: 3 November 2009.

Setting: a well-loved chair outside the rehearsal room at Circa theatre, during day two.

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Video: Jane Gilbert on new educational ideas

November 12th, 2009

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Jane Gilbert, Chief Researcher at NZCER discusses new educational ideas and how real change might be effected and sustained, as presented on day 1 of The Shifting Thinking conference: 3 November 2009.

Setting: a well-loved chair outside the rehearsal room at Circa theatre, during day two

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Conference play video

November 9th, 2009

[Flash video, 18 minutes length]

Rachel Bolstad wrote this play especially for the Shifting Thinking conference, and it was performed on the morning of the second day of the conference.
Rachel explains:

The inspiration for the play came from ongoing discussions amongst the conference organising team as we struggled with the complexities of imagining and choreographing a 21st century learning experience at the conference. Originally we thought of performing a play about our seemingly endless and often mind-twisting planning meetings – but later I took this idea in a new direction and was inspired to write a play-within-a-play featuring an imagined cast of players. The play is a metaphor for the conference, and for 21st century thinking in general. It shows the difficulties of trying to “direct and stage manage” something when everyone is taking an active role in trying to build ideas collectively and collaboratively – but it also shows that wonderful things are possible once we begin questioning our assumptions and start thinking together about how these could be different.”

The play was performed by a dedicated and talented group of NZCER staff.


The Director: Jenny Whatman
Teacher 1: Jim McNaughton
Teacher 2: Rachel Bolstad standing in for Georgina Stewart
Student 1: Nuku Stewart
Student 2: Rachael Kearns
Community educator: Diana Todd
Early childhood educator: Tina Foulkes
Tertiary educator: Alex Neill
Special effects: Josie Roberts

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Rachel Bolstad on Act IV of the conference

November 7th, 2009

Video: Mike Vannoort reflects on day two

November 6th, 2009

Papanui High School deputy principal Mike Vannoort gives his views on day two of the conference.

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inspired TED talks!

November 4th, 2009


inspired TED talk sessions, I am sure that those who attended gleaned some useful insights from the talks we viewed.
During the conference we have been presented with tons of new ideas and challenges to our current way of doing things. Many of these ideas are re-iterated by the speakers featured in the TED talks. Some highlights include:

  • “who am I being if my children’s eyes are not shining” – Benjamin Zander
  • “Inventors of things will not be able to say what an innovation is for – it will be worked out in use in collaboration with users” – Charles Leadbeater
  • That Pirate Supplies, Superhero Store and Timetravel can be useful metaphors for engaging 1:1 tutorship between community and learners – Dave Eggers
  • “members of the former audience are now consumers and the producers” and “planning is now replaced by communication” – Clay Shirky.

Final thought: look out – here comes overybody! (play on Clay Shirky’s recent title!)
cheers, Hugh

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Feedback: The Shifting Thinking conference

November 4th, 2009

Great to see you at the conference, please fill out the following survey!

On completion you will receive an email from the Shifting Thinking WordPress CMS. Many thanks!

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A catalyst for real change?

October 21st, 2009

Jennifer Garvey Berger would like to see the thinking and sharing of ideas at the conference act as a catalyst for real change.

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