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Give peace a chance

By Melissa Schwalger 12 July, 2016

  Principals are great people managers. Good leaders have the support and trust of whānau and their working relationships with boards and staff are positive. But good relationships take time…

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Yes – let's talk!

By Michelle Nixon 14 July, 2015

Educators want to talk to parents. Parents want to talk to us. NZEI activists share their advice on how to get the communication right. Share this information with parents. It’s…

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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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The good soil

By Michelle Nixon 26 October, 2013

Make sure it’s fun, accessible and edible! Involve the children from the start in the whole cycle – planting, weeding, caring for plants, farming produce and harvesting seeds for next…

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BYOD – the good oil plus useful links

By Diana Clement 6 April, 2013

More and more educators seeing the value in learners from pre-schoolers up being allowed to use their own tablets, smartphones, iPods and other electronic devices in class. Trying to pretend…

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Putting on a show

By Diana Clement 7 January, 2013

Set a budget: planned and marketed well, the school production can be a money spinner for schools – providing you avoid a budget blowout. Your budget might include performance rights,…

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How the eye works

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

Resources for teachers on how the eye works – including a cool ‘boxeye’ project for kids. >Download ‘boxeye’ project pdf >Download ‘how the eye works’ pdf >Download ‘recipe for clear…

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Under pressure

By Bianca Zander 23 October, 2010

Putting pedal to the metal of her Suzuki Bandit motorcycle does it for early childhood head teacher Meg Moss. “When you’re riding a motorbike, you have to give it a…

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Cook up your dream

By Elizabeth Brown 22 October, 2010

Just two days after he left his job as deputy principal and teacher at Christchurch’s Branston Intermediate, Brett McGregor was missing his class. New Zealand’s first Masterchef winner has made…

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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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