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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flipped learning in Kiwi classrooms

With internet access nearly within every student’s grasp, the focus shifts from getting a device in every student’s hands, to what to do with it once it’s there. Flipped learning is one option that is proving popular throughout the world. Education Review examines the flipped classroom.

The transition between ECE and school

How well aligned are our ECE and school sectors? JUDE BARBACK looks closely at a child’s transition from early childhood education to school in New Zealand.

Modern learning environments and learning technologies

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

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.
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