How could the PYP workshop be better?

One of the aspects that excited me about teaching in a Primary Years Programme school is an ongoing commitment to professional development of teachers. An integral part of PD for PYP teachers is attending a workshop. The workshop is held over several days there's a 'getting started' workshop as well as one of different aspects of the... Continue Reading →

Attracting the ‘best and brightest’ into teaching…

If you want an explanation of the gulf of mistrust that exists between the teaching profession in New Zealand and the Minister of Education, you need only look at this article Teaching needs to attract the best and brightest. It sounds nice. Saying you want to attract the best and brightest people into teaching is a... Continue Reading →

Future-focused teacher education 33/365?

Last week Claire Amos wondered if New Zealand's Graduating Teacher Standards were future-focused enough. Having come to know the standards well both through being a fairly recent graduate and having used the standards as framework for my eportfolio, I can say the standards need a tweak but it is the delivery of the standards that... Continue Reading →

10 Tips for student teachers on placement

I was recently asked by a reader if I could give my tips for surviving teaching placement, practicum, teaching experience. Having gone through the experience myself and having watched two sets of student teachers come into our school, I'm not too far removed but I also get the benefit of seeing part of the other... Continue Reading →

To walk in another teachers shoes

One of the joys of teaching primary school is that, in theory, you get to teach a bit of everything. In practice the bulk of my time is still reading, writing, maths with some PE thrown in for good measure. Most schools also have an inquiry/topic which covers everything else. Intermediate kids go off for... Continue Reading →

Professional Development goes global – Why Twitter for teachers rocks

The days are starting to get shorter and stationary is starting to be bought which depending on your point of view is either the end of the holidays or the start of a new school year. I'm going to go for a glass is half full interpretation and say it's the start of 2013. My... Continue Reading →

Proud to be a part of Teachers & Social Media

It's been a long time in the making but Teachers & Social Media has finally been launched. As I alluded to back in February, I was asked by Teachers Council to sit on the reference group for the project.  It's been really interesting to be involved in the development of this resource but what's been the hardest... Continue Reading →

Enough with the superhero teacher meme economists!

There's a nasty narrative creeping into the national conversation New Zealand is having about education these days, that of the superhero teacher. If you're unfamiliar with the plot line, it goes a little something like this. There is a massive achievement gap in academic achievement and this gap is because of  bad schools. Since teachers are the most... Continue Reading →

The unbearable lightness of making an OTJ on National Standards

Time of year where we are sending home statements about what our students learning goals for the year are. As these are reports going home, they must include a statement about National Standards and be in plain English. Personally I prefer my English in pink and purple polka dots but I digress. I've had a number... Continue Reading →

The right personality for teaching?

Like many teachers I'm astounded by the National's Party's plan to test aspiring teacher's personality. Is the party's answer to every problem in education to test students? However the rest of the party's teacher education policy, behind the more headline-grabbing ideas is well worth an examination. The first is the party's plans to make teaching... Continue Reading →

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