Uproar over National Library's changes to school services
Achieving.jpg The National Library’s intention to phase out its provision of print non-fiction books in favour of digital resources has dismayed many in the education sector and the wider public.
Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education
We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.
Then and now: Te Kura online – a history of change
From 100 isolated primary kids to 23,000 enrolments, Te Kura Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) – formerly The Correspondence School – has a long tradition of adapting to meet the changing needs of the New Zealand school system.
Sister schools: why are they are important?
This year 10 Kiwi schools received funding to strengthen their China sister school relationships. Education Review looks at how these relationships were formed, how they have been nurtured, and the value they bring to the schools and their wider communities.
Little diplomats in action
JUDE BARBACK talks to Oropi School principal Andrew King about the Little Diplomats programme, which has helped its students to build their intercultural competencies and the school to build its relationship with its sister school in China.
Are our school leavers Asia-ready?
A new report from the Asia New Zealand Foundation reveals that fewer school leavers think Asia-related skills and knowledge are important – a trend that experts describe as “alarming”.
Should we assess students’ international competencies?
Growing good global citizens is becoming an increasingly important focus for schools. But how do schools know if they’re hitting the mark? JUDE BARBACK looks at the many ways in which schools are encouraging their students to be internationally capable and the scope for measuring this.
Building bridges and opening doors
CHRIS HENDERSON believes global competencies are the foundations for our future.
Zero to hero: why we need phonics more than ever in the digital age
Massey University’s TOM NICHOLSON discusses the importance of phonics in helping children become better spellers – and why spelling is important.
Maths + digital technology = opportunities: a complex and interesting equation
Drs JO FLETCHER and KAREN NICHOLAS set out to discover how primary schools are using digital technologies in their year 7 and 8 mathematics classrooms. Their research uncovered some interesting findings from how equity and maintenance of devices was managed to the need for more professional development to the way ICT was used to support learning.
Forging better connections between secondary schools and higher education
We are starting to think of education as more of a continuum, rather than segmented into separate stages. An increasing number of partnerships between secondary schools and tertiary education organisations have emerged in the last decade, signalling a more integrated and connected system. Here, Education Review looks at a recent example of secondary-tertiary collaboration. ara institute
The Maker Movement: a portal of possibility
KIMBERLY BAARS discusses the benefits of bringing a maker-centred approach into the classroom.
Ruapehu’s technology hub – just one part of the puzzle
All schools strive to engage with their communities. Some do it better than others. Here, JUDE BARBACK looks at an outstanding example of school-iwi partnerships in Ruapehu.
Building digital technology into the curriculum: master stroke or missed opportunity?
While the news that digital technologies is to be included in The New Zealand Curriculum has been broadly welcomed, many believe the announcement falls short in a number of ways. By JUDE BARBACK.
The rules of Code Club
Young people are our most avid consumers of digital technology but increasingly they are learning how to go behind the screen and learn about coding and content creation. JUDE BARBACK looks at some initiatives beyond the curriculum that are designed to open teachers’ and students’ eyes to new opportunities.
Closing the rich-poor divide in literacy
Massey University’s PROFESSOR TOM NICHOLSON says we need to redesign the literacy that is taught in our schools so that it works for those in lower socio-economic communities.
The good news for school leavers quietly freaking out about the costs involved with their next move – be it further study, training or diving into the workforce – is that there are literally thousands of scholarships, grants and awards out there to help ease the load.
Roboshops: unlocking curious minds
Two Waikato University academics have secured funding to support their popular Roboshops – school-based workshops that teach children the basics of coding and robotics.
Tackling the big and little issues for young people
JUDE BARBACK catches up with JETmag editor Miah Kennett about the realities young people are facing as they transition from school to work, training or higher education.
Values and beliefs
JAYLAN BOYLE dissects the ongoing debate over religious instruction, and whether it still has a place in New Zealand’s state schools.
Adventurous learning – inside and outside the classroom
MIKE BROWN and SIMON BEAMES discuss their new book, Adventurous Learning: A pedagogy for a changing world, which presents a framework for enhanced learning experiences.
Beyond the classroom - environmental education
Treemendous, Garden to Table and Enviroschools programmes are transforming schools around the country – and they’re providing much more than just aesthetic benefits.
Building bridges between home and school: empowering parents and improving reading
Fulbright Scholar and Northcote College teacher DAVID TAYLOR’s research in New Zealand and the United States found that initiatives to encourage better parental involvement in students’ reading not only resulted in improved reading habits, but also had significant additional benefits.
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.
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.
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.
Curriculum, the culprit?
SHANE KENNEDY discusses why he believes rhetoric is masking poor education in New Zealand.
Venturing into un’charter’ed territory
The opposition to charter schools intensifies with the announcement of the first five partnership schools in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK weighs up the arguments as the new schools prepare to open their doors.
Signs of a world-class education
Amid a fairly tumultuous year for New Zealand education lurk many, many examples of positive, inspiring learning initiatives.
A collaborative approach to student achievement
Principal WENDY KOFOED shares how a collaborative teaching inquiry model at Newmarket School is helping to raise achievement levels of Māori and Pasifika students.
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.
For your literacy concerns, call an Aunty Lit
JANET HUNTER explores the ins and outs of the Resource Teacher: Literacy service and how it can make a real difference to students’ literacy learning.
Must try harder: ERO’s report card
Education Review Office’s evaluation report on New Zealand schools was a dose of reality to the sector. With an education system suggested to now be less-than-world-class, what is it going to take to raise student achievement to the levels required? JUD
Early childhood education in 2012: a round-up
Public property: schools’ achievement
*The decision to make National Standards results public has angered many schools and unions. But will it help lift performance as predicted?*
An international education
JUDE BARBACK looks at some of the pros and cons of international schools.
League Tables: Learning from experience
If there was a league table for international education systems, New Zealand would likely rank near the top. Will the introduction of primary school league tables see our ranking plummet?
A Kiwi education: what our students really think
Education Review asks six new student leaders to reflect on their New Zealand education as they approach the end of their secondary schooling.
Getting the best from National Standards
Jenny Poskitt advises teachers how to get to grips with Overall Teacher Judgments, to help them get the best out of National Standards for their students.
A valued education
Whose job is it to instil values in our young people? The family’s? The school’s? The teacher’s? Everyone’s? JUDE BARBACK spins the moral and ethical compass.
Primary Teachers have little to fear from National Standards
The introduction of national standards in literacy and numeracy in primary schools is creating concern among primary teachers, principals and their union.
Outside the mainstream
*KEREN BROOKING draws lessons from two research projects with two very different groups of difficult-to-teach students*
The overseas-trained teacher
We talk to an overseas-trained teacher about the adjustment to life in a New Zealand classroom
Blurring secondary-tertiary boundaries
It’s the school that is not a school – the tertiary high school. JOHN GERRITSEN reports
The year ahead
Education Review asks education leaders to share their thoughts on the big issues looming for the school sector this year