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.
What does the future of learning look like?
Author of The Future of Learning, MARK TREADWELL, says we need to embrace learning systems that have proven over thousands of years to be far more equitable and successful than rote learning has proven to be over the past 200 years.
Behind Disobedient Teaching
DR WELBY INGS provides an insight into his inspiration for writing what has become the most popular book in education circles at the moment, Disobedient Teaching.
Assess, report, teach, repeat… boring
When teacher CHRIS MAY recognised the same disengagement in his students as he once exhibited as a student, he was inspired to set up an initiative that strove to make learning more practical, contextualised and relevant to their lives, both in and out of school.
Disobedient teaching: a review
JUDE BARBACK believes it is the rich, personal experience interwoven with big-picture thinking that sets Disobedient Teaching: Surviving and creating change in education by Welby Ings apart from other books of its ilk.
The Maker Movement: a portal of possibility
KIMBERLY BAARS discusses the benefits of bringing a maker-centred approach into the classroom.
Pause, Breathe, Smile: training teachers to bring mindfulness into the classroom
GRANT RIX shares the journey of a ‘mindfulness in schools’ programme that is making a difference to the wellbeing and learning outcomes of Kiwi kids.
Could this be New Zealand’s most tech-savvy teacher town?
The remote and tiny East Coast town of Ruatoria has the highest per capita of Level 8 future-focused teachers in the country, says TIM GANDER, Gisborne Centre Director of The Mind Lab by Unitec.
South auckland pasifika principals pursue postgrad pd
Karl Vasau Rowandale School principal KARL VASAU was one of four principals in the Pacific Island Manurewa Principals (PIMP) group to pursue a postgrad professional development opportunity. He believes professional development is “critical” for principals.
Ed's Letter - Exciting and inclusive PD
I recently attended a professional development day at my children’s school. The invitation was extended to parents and the board of trustees to join staff for a day of discussing and redefining the school’s vision, led by Core Education’s Jo Wilson.
PD for tertiary teachers: yes please!
Professional development for tertiary educators is vital. In the absence of formal training, the opportunity to collaborate with others to share best practice and learn new skills and strategies is essential. Education Review talks to Cath Fraser about her Problem-Based Learning workshop, aimed at tertiary educators.
Enacting school vision – are we walking the talk?
Core Education’s JO WILSON describes the steps schools and communities can take in order to achieve their preferable future.
What if we didn't do it alone?
#edchatNZ founder DANIELLE MYBURGH extends an invitation to join the new #edchatNZ MOOC (massive open online course) – a professional development opportunity with a difference for New Zealand educators.
A positive education for all?
Within the past decade, a quiet groundswell of interest has contributed to a gradual shift in the way that educators see the world. GABRIELLE MILLS reports on a professional learning experience focused on positive education.
Engaging learners in a blended learning environment
JILL TANNER-LLOYD, Ako Aotearoa’s communication manager, joined participants at the first delivery of the organisation’s newest professional development workshop to find out what teaching strategies are needed to maximise learner engagement and success when using blended learning.
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.
VET: no longer the poor relation
JUDE BARBACK talks to global Vocational Education and Training (VET) experts about why VET is starting to take centre stage.
Upskilling and opportunity: The Mind Lab
FEE HOLDSWORTH shares her journey of professional development in the area of digital and collaborative learning.
Ten years of Ten Trends
As CORE Education’s influential Ten Trends initiative enters its 10th year, KAREN SPENCER looks back on the origins of the trends and what’s in store for 2016.
In search of (more) excellent tertiary teachers
Ako Aotearoa’s JILL TANNER-LLOYD looks at what attributes are shared by the recipients of this year’s top national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEAs) in an effort to define what makes an excellent tertiary teacher.
Emerging from The Mind Lab
Kristin School teacher, NATHAN CALVERT was among the first 130 teachers to undertake The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). He was named as the winner of the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award. Here, Education Review asks him about the award, the course and the future.
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.
Lessons in leadership: what can New Zealand learn from the International Successful School Principalship Project?
ROSS NOTMAN considers New Zealand research findings from an international educational leadership project and what they mean for the new leadership roles emerging from the Government’s $359m plan to help raise student achievement.
Awards: Do they really motivate teachers?
JUDE BARBACK considers whether the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards will help to raise student achievement as intended.
The uphill battle for teacher wellbeing
*IAN VICKERS shares his fight to get teacher wellbeing taken seriously in New Zealand.*
Sun sets on Teachers Council
With the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand set to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council next year, teachers are anxious that their new independent statutory professional body truly is independent. JUDE BARBACK looks at how things are evolving.
Politics, the world and teacher education
Are the international and political contexts of education being adequately addressed in New Zealand teacher education programmes? JUDE BARBACK looks at what measures several schools of education are taking to ensure an outward-facing approach.
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.
Real victims of education politics
Teaching can be a stressful occupation, made more stressful by intense political scrutiny and change. JUDE BARBACK looks at the causes, consequences, and coping strategies of teacher stress.
In Piaget's footsteps
American professor Alison Gopnik is emerging as a leading light in child psychology. LAWRENCE WATT reports.
Secret Agent Society
An Australian PhD study that trialled a programme to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome is fast becoming an international phenomenon.
Teachers of Promise
MARIE CAMERON and SUSAN LOVETT discuss the early findings of their research, the Teachers of Promise study: Teachers in their ninth year of teaching.
Driving the road safety message home to students
New Zealand Transport Agency collaborates with schools to enable road-safety education.
Bang goes your career? Some things you might want to know about winning a national teaching award.
Finding the right stuff
Stuart Middleton looks at new ways to attract a variety of people to the profession.
What pushes your button?
Workplace stress can hit teachers hard. WAYNE ERB finds out the first thing to do is identify the cause.
How we do things around here
Workplace culture is a common concept in other sectors, so what about in schools? WAYNE ERB takes a look at two examples at either end of the spectrum.