Running on Empty
Jan09

Running on Empty

The quest to nourish our children By Kate Pierson Kids will be kids when it comes to junkfood but what about the child who is always tired and can’t concentrate in class? When we think about nourishing our children we may think about feeding their minds and their souls, but what about in the literal sense? New Zealand’s clean and green environment is like an oasis for children with native playgrounds at their leisure, yet...

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Our Nation’s Shame
Jan09

Our Nation’s Shame

By Sandy Galland Statistics report more than a quarter of our students aged 15 to 19 are not in school and some in the teaching sector believe the numbers could be higher. The recently released OECD report, Education at a Glance, shows 26.9 percent of New Zealanders in this age demographic are not in education. The OECD average is 15.7 percent and only Turkey is higher than New Zealand. Disengagement, lack of motivation, lack of...

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Parenting 101
Jan09

Parenting 101

By Sandy Galland Our world appears to spin faster on its axis each year, thus today’s children are struggling to orientate their compasses to true north. Society is changing continually and gone are the simplistic days of our childhoods. Statistics often continue to highlight a multitude of failures in our community and educational systems, and it appears schools are asked to act as a ‘parent/mentor/counsellor’ more and more. The...

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Suffering in Silence
Jan09

Suffering in Silence

By Kate Pierson A little girl is born and she struggles for breath, as a toddler she struggles to crawl and as a pre-schooler she struggles to write her name. When she becomes a teenager, she struggles to fit in and as an adult she struggles with life. This struggle is a reality for many New Zealand children as they face the perils of an undiagnosed learning difficulty; lost and alone in dealing with the repercussions of such an...

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The Learning Journey
Jan09

The Learning Journey

As a teacher you are constantly on a tremendous journey of learning. On a daily basis you are walking the path of positive growth – both personally and as a travel companion to your students and colleagues. So what separates a good teacher from a really great teacher? Sandy Galland asked leading international educator, Joseph Driessen of Education Answers for his thoughts. His popular seminar ‘Be the best teacher you can be’ offers up...

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The Text Dilemma

By Melinda Collins Immediate and easy communication is with us and here to stay, but with it has arrived the potential and opportunity to abuse the very advantages information-age technology offers. Concerns about abusive exchanges and inappropriate relationships are esculating as teacher-student texting is officially encouraged. The Ministry of Education has just finished its New Zealand-wide tour addressing parents and senior school...

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