Making learning visible: putting Hattie into practice

Professor John Hattie’s meta-analyses have helped to unveil effective teaching and learning practices. Here, LYNDA SHANKS shares how this research is being made accessible to schools and teachers through the popular Visible Learningplus programme.

A quiet but noisy revolution in the language classroom

DR ROSEMARY ERLAM discusses the shift in teaching languages to the internationally recognised, task-based language teaching approach and how New Zealand language teachers can use this approach effectively.

Hitting the ground running: meeting the national standards at age 5

Massey University doctoral student SARAH AIONO discusses the impact of National Standards on students in their first year of schooling.

Food literacy – its place in the curriculum

JUDE BARBACK looks at the steps some schools are taking to make food education part of their curriculum in an effort to fight both obesity and poor nutrition.

Use it or lose it – countering the ‘summer reading drop’

KATE RUSSELL explores what is being done in several New Zealand schools to keep students motivated to read over summer – and term – holidays.

Reliability of National Standards assessments called into question

A recent report has cast doubts over the reliability of teachers’ National Standards assessments and rises in student achievement.

Curriculum, the culprit?

SHANE KENNEDY discusses why he believes rhetoric is masking poor education in New Zealand.

The primary years – NZC, Cambridge or IB?

While the vast majority of New Zealand primary schools follow The New Zealand Curriculum, a small number favour the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme or the Cambridge International Primary Programme. Here, proponents of each system discuss the relative merits and weaknesses.

NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides

The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.

The write path to remedial spelling

The campaigner, the Ministry, and the schools. JUDE BARBACK considers the different stances when it comes to addressing remedial spelling in schools.
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