Professional

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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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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Help on hand for NZEI members

By Jane Blaikie 30 April, 2010

Recommend it? “Definitely!” says Beth Conrad about NZEI’s member call centre, which just celebrated its first birthday. Beth (left), the finance manager at Tahunanui and NZEI rep, has called the…

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Most parents support their child’s school

By Jane Blaikie 30 April, 2010

[g1_quote author_name=”Robin Baker” hide_author_image=”none” author_description=”NZCER Director” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”right” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] No system is perfect. We have some strong challenges in New Zealand as expectations keep rising—including teachers’ and principals’…

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Professional Learning – It's a walk in the dark

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

A few years ago, teachers could ring an advisor at their local School of Education and say, “Hey, we’re doing science next term, I need some help.” But those days…

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No Standards, Finnish First

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Finns have a reputation as innovators in electronics and mobile phone technology (think Nokia) as well as being serious, introverted people little given to policy flipflops of the kind that…

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It’s not about the money

By Jane Blaikie 30 January, 2010

[g1_message type=”success”] UPDATE: In 2013, NZEI members secured ACET in a collective agreement, which recognises this work. The Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher allowance gives teachers, with a minimum of six…

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PRTs suffer the ups and downs

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

Liam Rutherford says some PRTs (provisionally registered teachers) are too frightened of rocking the boat to ask for support in their schools, and mentoring programmes vary a lot I’m coming…

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Review: Lessons From Beginning Teachers

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

Lessons From Beginning Teachers: Challenges For School Leaders Marie Cameron, NZCER Press 2009 Reviewed by Jeanette Clarkin- Phillips For all those involved in the induction and mentoring of new teachers…

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It’s the BES (and a must-read)

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

Called School Leadership and Student Outcomes: What Works and Why, the latest in the Best Evidence Synthesis series is running out the door like hot cakes. Almost 8,000 of the…

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