Behaviour

Antidotes to anxiety

By Michelle Nixon 30 March, 2015

More and more New Zealand children are being prescribed medication for anxiety disorders, and many remain undiagnosed. – Michelle Nixon reports.   Up to 10-12 percent of children may be…

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Make way for Minecraft

By Diana Clement 29 April, 2014

More and more Kiwi teachers are logging on to the internet phenomenon Minecraft– to use it as an educational tool. Diana Clement reports. Minecraft has been likened to virtual Lego:…

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The terrible toll of transience on our schools and students

By Elizabeth McLeod 28 April, 2014

Last year, nearly half the 167 kids enrolled at Hamilton East School had left by the end of the year: not counting Year 6 leavers. If this wasn’t disruptive enough,…

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Making school a safe place

By Diana Clement 2 January, 2014

Bullying. What bullying? There is virtually no bullying at the decile-one Insoll Avenue School in Hamilton. That’s thanks to the school’s involvement in a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide…

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Who's the boss?

By Diana Clement 19 July, 2010

Teacher has chunk of flesh bitten from leg. Pupil stabs teacher. Boy smashes teacher’s head into wall. These headlines are all too familiar. It’s true that the majority of teachers…

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Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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