Posts by EA Staff

ECE Whistleblower's Guide

Teacher complaints are a vital part of ensuring quality in ECE. Teachers are on the ground, daily inhabiting a space with many other beings, adult and child, subject to regulations and rules, while carrying personal ethics. The teacher complaints process begins with the teacher bringing the matter to the attention of the manager, either directly,…

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Letter: Exploitation of migrants in ECE

New migrants to New Zealand are being exploited in early childhood education services. This is one example I have come across. As an overseas student, “L” needed first to gain residency in this country before she could consider achieving her teacher registration criteria. Her boss withheld information necessary for Immigration until her passport expired. This…

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Best new apps and books

Applications StaffSync It’s a principal’s nightmare. You have 30 children waiting for a teacher who calls in sick. StaffSync for Apple and Android is an app that connects relievers and schools seamlessly. It’s the Uber or Airbnb of relieving. Developed with the help of the Remuera School Cluster, it automates finding preferred relievers and communicating…

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Pulled NZ Herald ERO story reappears

The front page story that was pulled from the NZ Herald site on Friday has reappeared. On Friday 13 November the NZ herald published a story about the ERO report, Infants and Toddlers: competent and confident communicators and learners and meetings and discussions between ERO and the Ministry of Education prior to the release of…

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Myth-busting

Teachers can do more with less! Class size doesn’t matter! Early learning is unaffordable. The education discourse can be full of ridiculous talk, and educators are often too busy to address the nonsense. So thanks to the Alberta Teachers Association for bringing some sense to the table. In the summer issue of ATA Magazine, five commonly believed myths around public education have…

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Success against GERM, for now

If anybody in the field of education can own to 15 minutes of fame it’s Sir Ken Robinson. His 2006 TED talk on how modern schooling kills creativity has become the most popular TED ever, with 30 million viewings reaching an estimated 300 million people. It has made him chief flag bearer for the side…

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Talk Korero Talk

Institute of Professional Learning literacy facilitators Sandy Harrop and Lyn Pascoe realised, when in schools, that children aged five were arriving at school with insufficient school-useful vocabulary to allow them to easily access the learning provided. Parents are a child’s first teachers. They provide early learning and continued learning by their interactions with their children…

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Support staff conference success

Support staff members met at conferences in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch over the winter. “They were an amazing opportunity for professional development and to shape ongoing careerpath development work, as well as highlighting the essential nature of support staff roles within the education sector,” says Whanganui support staff leader Sue Nimmo. “There were many…

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Beyond the Bubble Test

This edited work draws together research on performance assessment as an alternative to the multiple choice tests used widely in the USA. Performance assessment is defined as “authentic assessments that require students to develop a product, response, analysis, or problem solution that reflects the kind of reasoning or performance required beyond the classroom setting”. It…

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The case for spelling

I am putting the case for spelling to again be recognised as an essential pre-condition of effective writing and not a secondary surface feature of writing. Now that I am transitioning into full retirement, I am again, as one last lobbying initiative, expressing my serious concerns – as outlined to ERO officials and to Professor…

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