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Tracie Barrett is an Irish / Maori storyteller who has worked in journalism in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, China, and Hong Kong. She is also a skilled hospitality professional, cook, office administrator, manager, nanny, and ocean sailor, with a love of travel, and networks around the world. Her poorly curated blog is Flight of the Kiwi

Finding Covid Normal

finding covid normal
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A musician friend in Aotearoa/New Zealand was telling me about the live gigs he has been playing lately, and those he has booked, and there’s a resurgence in both audience numbers and in those staying to hear the band’s final number. I asked if...

Community and Connectivity

community and connectivity
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Covid sucks! I want to be clear about that. This global pandemic has so far cost us more than a million lives directly, and the indirect cost is still being tallied. The aftereffects of this, particularly on those already vulnerable, will be felt for generations...

The best of times, the worst of times

the best of times, the worst of times
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“ … and then, COVID struck.”  As a storyteller, a reader of, and a listener and watcher of stories, I’ve been hearing the above line constantly from others, while watching it play out in my own life and the lives of those I know and...

Travel as a Learning Zone

travel as a learning zone
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Professional photographer and videographer Aaron Michelson has seen a lot of the world but considers his birthplace of Hong Kong to be his home. The 30-year-old holds a US passport thanks to his parents and spent time in the United States every summer or winter...

‘Dying in droves’ – CovidSchooling in Milan, Italy

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When coronavirus first appeared on teacher Melissa’s personal radar, she and colleagues didn’t take it very seriously. That changed quickly for the US citizen who lives and works in Lombardia, a northern region of Milan, Italy, that became the ground zero of the virus...

Taking a break – CovidSchooling in Manitoba, Canada

Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada
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A look at how teachers, parents and teachers are coping with schooling during the coronavirus global pandemic. Occupational therapist Tara and her husband live in the prairie province of Manitoba, Canada, with their two sons, aged 12 and 8. She says coronavirus affected her directly in...

The Other Side – CovidSchooling in Beijing, China

the other side – covidschooling in beijing, china
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A look at how parents, teachers and students around the world are coping with schooling during a global pandemic. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: One thing we see with the coronavirus crisis is that the rules and expectations change daily, if not hourly. As I was doing the final...

Designing Solutions – CovidSchooling in Far North New Zealand

designing solutions – covidschooling in far north new zealand
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Remote teaching is difficult for all teachers but brings some unique challenges for Greg, a veteran teacher working in New Zealand’s far North. Greg teaches technology subjects, which in New Zealand encompasses metal work, wood work, design and technical drawing. His first stint as a...

Coping in Cambodia – Schooling in the Time of Covid-19

coping in cambodia – schooling in the time of covid-19
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A look at how parents, teachers and students around the world are coping with schooling during a global pandemic. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- When I started interviewing Kaylene for this series, Cambodia was not in lockdown. A few days later, on Sunday, April 3, I woke to the news...

Building Communities – Schooling in the Time of Covid-19

building communities – schooling in the time of covid-19
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A look at how people are coping with schooling and education in this global pandemic, and how it has affected students, parents and teachers around the world.  Carlie is a teacher aide at Brisbane Independent School, in the state capital’s western suburbs, which was attended...