Magazine

Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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Asbestos cancer strikes retired principal

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2010

All primary schools must be free of asbestos hazards, says a retired Wellington principal who has the incurable cancer mesothelioma. Older teachers need to be aware that they may have…

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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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Learning on the move

By Sarah Jones 14 April, 2010

New Zealanders love their mobile phones, and our phones are getting more sophisticated. This year telcos are expected to hotly promote data services and broadband for mobiles, as networks become…

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"I would have been declared a bit of a loser" Margaret Mahy

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

“I think you have to be very careful – partly because of my own experience as a child. When I was in primary school I was sometimes in very low…

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It's Just Politics

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

The government is steamrolling on with its national standards policy despite the deep concerns of teachers, parents, principals and academics’”and a well supported NZEI campaign to Trial the Standards, Not…

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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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Monoglots no more?

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

Around 1100 early childhood centres around the country offered Te Reo Māori, as well as English, as the language of communication at least part of the time in 2008-09, according…

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Teachers speak with their wallets

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

It began with a comment from a group of Auckland teachers at NZEI Te Riu Roa’s annual meeting last year about how much of their own money they spend on…

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Homework: the good, the bad and the stand out

By Rose Northcott 14 April, 2010

Dig into the Ministry of Education’s report School Leadership and Student Outcomes: What Works and Why and you’ll discover research that measures the effects on student learning of different kinds…

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