Posts by John McRae

History of New Zealand seeks to address gaps in knowledge

  Tamsin Hanly is in her lounge room with the product of four years of work laid out in front of her. “These are it,” she says. “Six books on New Zealand history that together constitute a curriculum programme resource for teachers and schools. “I took out a mortgage on the family home to do…

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Shaping the future

Sarah Hammersley

“We’re a small branch so we need high levels of engagement to succeed,” says president Sarah Hammersley, a teacher at Sandspit Road School, west of Pukekohe. “That means we work hard to build relationships and include all groups across the community.” When it became clear a local Community of Learning (CoL) was being planned, members…

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The forgotten children

As the nation discusses the detention of New Zealand expats in Australia, we should not forget 600+ refugee children incarcerated in appalling conditions there. At NZEI Te Riu Roa conference Education Australia Union President Correna Haythorpe describes how the Australian Government tries to stifle any discussion of the nation’s shameful actions and calls for New…

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Remembering a teacher: Teariki Tuiono

Teariki’s experience of a teacher in his first year at University had a big influence on him. It made him comfortable in that potentially alienating environment and taught him a lesson he has taken into his own classroom. [g1_space] [/g1_space] See more in the Remembering a teacher series

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Remembering a teacher: Joe Carey

All of which makes it hard to credit that, as a teenager, Joe struggled to ‘be himself.’ That he learned to feel comfortable in his own personality and express himself is, says Joe, down to an exceptional teacher. His comments in this video suggest that the most important lessons we teach aren’t necessarily ones we…

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Remembering a teacher: Asilika Aholelei

We had to stop the recording, because suddenly that feeling Asilika had held close when she was a small child in a big school, crept out and there were tears. The now bubbly, self-confident school librarian was recalling her teacher Miss Samuels, who’d taken special care of the shy child in her junior classroom. With…

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Remembering a teacher: Dorothy Churchward

It was, as Dorothy says, ‘a long time ago’, but she still vividly remembers how, when she was nine years old, a special teacher took an interest in her. That interaction in a tiny country school had a profound influence on Dorothy. “It developed my love of reading and books and influenced my career choices…

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Charter schools: who is Marc Holtzman?

Labour’s problems around charter schools (two MPs recently attended a fundraiser for a Trust that runs one, even though it banked $2.4 million surplus in July) have demonstrated the effectiveness of Government’s strategy. It has staged its initial charter school roll-out around Maori and Polynesian communities who are unhappy with current education provision. It is…

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