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The Learning Journey

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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 inspiring information from evidence studies, research and other international educators. Join us on this...

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The Text Dilemma

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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 staff about online risks and benefits. Meanwhile there has been a spike in inappropriate teacher-pupil...

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A Dollop of Enthusiasm

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A Dollop of Enthusiasm

By Melinda Collins Teachers can, and do, change lives. It’s a complex and demanding position requiring a great deal from its demonstrators. A teacher dons the mantle of communicator, evaluator, manager, disciplinarian, therapist and team leader. But it is passion which makes a good teacher great. While William Taylor, one of New Zealand’s most prolific writers, began his literary journey in the confines of the classroom, he disputes being “passionate” about teaching. Although, it is more the usage of the word he takes...

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Business High

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Business High

By Melinda Collins In the education sector ‘business’ was once a dirty word. Now it appears to be a profitable one. When self made millionaire and creator of Just Water, Tony Falkenstein first bandied about the idea of a business school within a high school setting, the concept was laughed off. “The Ministry of Education was opposed to teaching business as part of the curriculum. The comment was made that business would never be taught as a subject in school,” Falkenstein says. “New Zealand Trade and Enterprise...

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An Education In Itself

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An Education In Itself

By Kate Pierson It has become a ‘must experience’ getaway and a regular fixture in wishful daydreams when winter’s icy personality takes front and centre on the seasonal stage. And while it may have acquired some commercial elements as its popularity with consumers has grown in leaps and bounds, it has still retained its idyllic identity without the pretentious nature of other tropical retreats. Visit this haven and you’ll be greeted with ‘Ni Sa Bula’ and farewelled with ‘Ni Sa Moce,’ after the restorative properties of its climate and...

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Mainstream Malaise

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Mainstream Malaise

By Bridget Gourlay It’s been 30 years since the first children with intellectual disabilities were allowed entry into ‘regular’ classrooms. These children were met with a mixed reaction. Some were simply prejudiced – “I don’t want my child sitting next to a Mongol,” some expressed concern – “wouldn’t they be better off in a special classroom?” and others fear – “won’t they distract the teacher from normal kids?” But that was a different, more ignorant time. Right? History The treatment of people with intellectual...

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A Charter For Selective Education

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A Charter For Selective Education

The Government’s decision to trial charter schools (part of a post-election deal with the Act party) in South Auckland and Christchurch, is proving more than a little controversial. Education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa says the government should not be allowed to push any legislation on charter schools through parliament, without a proper select committee process. NZEI believes legislation will be needed around the funding and governance of charter schools as they represent a fundamental change to the spirit of the Education Act and the...

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