Spring 2010

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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Fiordland Kindergarten wins!

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

Fiordland Kindergarten was awarded the President’s Trophy and Cultural Award, by New Zealand Kindergarten, for its inspiring environmental programme. >Download the Fiordland Kindergarted Nature Discovery pdf (Warning: file is 3.7…

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What Standards?

By Jane Blaikie 23 October, 2010

About twelve years ago, I was at Grand Rapids University, Michigan, talking to a professor of early education who wanted to visit New Zealand. He said he needed to know…

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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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The ITC revolution

By Sarah Jones 23 October, 2010

There’s no shortage of commentators writing and researching about young people’s relationship with technology. Educators such as James Paul Gee, Stephen Heppell and Derek Wenmoth promote the benefits – even…

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More kaiarahi, not fewer!

By Heni Collins 22 October, 2010

  Maori children do better in schools when they are strong in their cultural identity and language, says NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Te Riu Roa Takawaenga Laures Park. “It…

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Support staff count at Wainui Intermediate

By Jane Blaikie 22 October, 2010

Better use of support staff in schools is key to future school improvements. Jane Blaikie reports. It’s as clear as Bill English’s budget deficit, that public education will struggle to…

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Vision or Nightmare?

By Jane Blaikie 22 October, 2010

This report proposes radical changes to initial teacher education, “standards” against which teachers would be assessed, and performance pay-style “rewards” to be administered by principals. Unfortunately, its more laudable aim…

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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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Lifelong benefits

By Diana Clement 22 October, 2010

In Tauranga, some 2000 people attended a rally to protest the cuts. Parents, economists, scientists, unions, primary principals and teachers, and opposition leaders: they’re all unhappy at the cuts to…

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