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Play-based learning: producing critical, creative and innovative thinkers

STEPHANIE MENZIES enters a plea to bring play back into the classroom.

A Steiner education

No plastic toys, no TV, no reading until seven years old: Rudolf Steiner education is one of the most intriguing educational approaches around. JUDE BARBACK looks at the origins, methods, providers, and students of Steiner education.

Putting student voice to good use

Selected from 19 schools, Clevedon School, Marist Catholic School (Herne Bay), Gladstone Primary School (Mt Albert) and Rhode Street School (Hamilton) are the first to participate in Cognition Education Trust’s inaugural Student Voice Impact on Teacher Decision Making project.

Homeschooling – an alternative approach to education

The Principal of Home Schooling NZ, TODD ROUGHTON, explains why he believes homeschooling is preferable to New Zealand’s mainstream education system.

Multi-teacher approach: one school’s experience

JUDE BARBACK asks Hautapu School teachers about the benefits and challenges of moving from single cell classrooms to an open-plan, multi-teacher approach to learning.

Collaboration = innovation: delivering education without borders

MARCI POWELL looks at the how digital and collaborative learning are transforming tertiary education in New Zealand and beyond.

Acceleration groups – finding the formula for success in maths

SUE TAYLOR discusses how priority learners can achieve better outcomes through focused, high-impact mathematics instruction from their own classroom teacher than from intervention programmes.

Enrichment or acceleration or both? How to best provide for gifted students

The research shows the enrichment classes are not enough to cater for gifted students. What should schools be doing instead? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

Sustainable schools, but at what cost?

All new schools are built to meet the required Green Star rating, but is the same attention being given in the construction and design of these schools to the ability to teach and learn? JUDE BARBACK considers the merits and limitations of the Green Star rating system.

Modern learning environments and learning technologies

CLAIRE AMOS questions whether ‘modern’ changes to the traditional classroom will really help improve students’ learning and outcomes.
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