Professional

Vision, hard work, hope – and a community of learning

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2015

Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour Kate Endri with children who are transitioning into school in Upper Hutt. She’s hopeful Communities of Learning will speed up work on better transitions.…

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Doing it for ourselves

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

“It’s been bandied about for a couple of years now that we’re teaching children for jobs that haven’t yet been invented,” says Sharon Jane. “You hear people say ‘so what…

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BTs bear the brunt of market failure

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

How does the brutal situation facing beginning teachers square with the stated aim of lifting teacher quality? A shortage of teachers may be looming in secondary schools, especially in maths…

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Pedagogies of hope; dialogical professional development

By Jane Blaikie 1 April, 2015

Introduction Students in poverty often do not reach their potential in New Zealand’s education system; this is largely due to reasons outside of schools’ control (see Snook and O’Neill chapter).…

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Lift the quality of ECE in your district

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

The Hutt Valley ECE network has become active over the last year, giving a boost to exhausted teachers and support staff. The network offers free professional development and networking to strengthen services in…

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Oral language – to think, shape, convey ideas

By Jannie van Hees 9 January, 2015

‘The limits of my language means the limits of my world’ (Wittgenstein, 1922). Ponder on this a little. Conceptual and cognitive growth depends on language availability. Language availability grows conceptual…

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Is the future post-graduate?

By Michelle Nixon 26 October, 2013

In June the government called for tenders for new initial teacher education qualifications – “exemplary” qualifications to be delivered in partnership with schools. There are two rounds with funding for…

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Science takes aim at "learning styles"

By Elizabeth McLeod 18 July, 2013

Key points Neuroscientists say “learning styles” in students are just another “neuromyth”. But good teachers do use them, and related techniques, as a lead-in to reflective and responsive practice. Take…

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Where have all the jobs gone?

By Michelle Nixon 5 April, 2013

In October last year a speaker contracted by the Ministry of Education caused a furore by telling a group of Victoria University primary teaching students they should go overseas after…

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Talk the good talk

By EA Staff 7 January, 2013

In the 21st century educators need to become professional communicators. Case in point was the Auckland teacher who fired a quick email to parents asking what they thought were the…

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