Reviews – autumn 2016

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

The issue that will not go away   Atmosphere of Hope Tim Flannery This book is a fantastic insight into the increasingly hard-to-ignore issue of climate change.  Tim Flannery first…

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Competing ideas led to conflict

By EA Staff 12 July, 2016

 Ka Ngaro Te Reo: Māori language under siege in the 19th century Paul Moon Otago University Press In the early part of the nineteenth century, te reo was the main…

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A collection of wooden letters

The trubil wiv foniks in speling

By Jane Blaikie 10 July, 2016

An increasing number of New Zealand schools are now moving away from ‘whole language’ theories of how children learn to read and spell and re-introducing phonological awareness programmes instead. This…

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Letters to the Editor

By Jane Blaikie 18 April, 2016

The wealth of experience Every year, NZEI Te Riu Roa sees a number of its members retire from the  educaton service. They take with them a wealth of knowledge, experience…

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Missing the point on literacy

By Jane Blaikie 23 February, 2016

The announcement that government is giving academics $34m so they can find ways to give children ‘A Better Start – E Tipu e Rea’ rather misses the point. Not that giving…

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Reading together pulled apart?  

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

[g1_quote hide_author_image=”none” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”left” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] Meaningful parental involvement with children’s activities and interests is the most critical factor in their children’s development. [/g1_quote] A reading initiative described as…

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Best new apps and books

By EA Staff 15 January, 2016

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…

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Bowie's best books

By Sharon Jones 15 January, 2016

The Los Angeles Times pays tribute to David Bowie with a story about his advocacy for books and reading. He was one of the first of a series of celebrities to…

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Talk Korero Talk

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

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…

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Conversational classrooms

By Jannie van Hees 1 October, 2015

You might have discussed in recent times with your teaching and educational colleagues, or with your students’ family members, or with your contacts in the community, a concern about the…

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