Magazine

The flipped classroom

By Diana Clement 6 October, 2014

Diana Clement looks at the phenomenon that’s, well, turning classroom practice on its head. Key points A new way of teaching that uses technology to reverse the usual order of…

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Kura eschew standards

By Heni Collins 2 October, 2014

Key points Kura kaupapa are preferring not to use Nga Whanaketanga – the equivalent of National Standards. Kura are developing their own curricula and assessment methods that more accurately reflect…

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The rise and rise of corporate childcare

By Jane Blaikie 2 October, 2014

The current boom in large-scale for-profit early childhood centres is shaping up as a disastrous experiment in the care of the very young. Jane Blaikie investigates. Key points A boom…

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Congratulations Henry Gregg!

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2014

Henry Gregg’s milestones might seem quite normal. He will finish primary school soon and then head off to a high school where he can pursue an interest in cooking. He…

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Teachers deserve better Duncan Garner

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2014

Hardnose media personality Duncan Garner is best known for his verbal stoushes and political scalp-taking, but he is surprisingly soft on teachers. “I completely value what teachers do,” are Duncan…

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The purpose of education

By Ivan Snook 1 October, 2014

Since the beginning of the Western tradition there have been two rival models of education. The first, exemplified by the Greek Sophists, demands that schools prepare young people to be…

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But we already have clusters

By Michelle Nixon 29 September, 2014

Teachers have given an overwhelming No Confidence vote to the government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success policy, which is a GERM version of what many already practise. They say the…

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Investing in educational control

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2014

The National Party’s obsession with data and targets has lead to its proposed IES policy at the expense of child-centred learning. Michelle Nixon reports In January the government trumpeted what…

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Superhero teachers and saintly principals

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

NZEI teachers and principals will feature in a new book, Education and Poverty from Dunmore Press. But while these educators do an amazing job in militating the effects of poverty,…

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Russell Wills – Public hero number one

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills credits an inspirational intermediate teacher with guiding his excessive energy onto a more productive path of helping others. He talks to Michelle Nixon. Russell Wills is…

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