Blog posts in School Support

Start Arguing! We can do Better

 Watching a YouTube panel discussion recently I was struck with the low level of argument. It seemed to consist mainly of a series of rebuttals and defending of views by the participants (who fell...

The Power of Stories

I recently presented at an anti- bullying and student mental well-being conference in Sydney. I was asked to talk about the role of data and because KiVa collects a lot of data I knew I could do that...

Accent Learning’s SPRING into Maths is taking off.

SPRING has a nice ring to it – a new beginning, a leap into the air, moving forward… but what is Spring into Maths?SPRING into Maths is an intervention that was developed by The Accent Learning...

To write or to type? That is the question.

Chrome books are great for a lot of kids: no doubt about it. For some, who have struggled with pencils, having a keyboard has simply opened up written language. It's great to see the motivation that...

Empathy: Could do Better

 The most recent PISA survey asked over half a million 15 year olds from 35 OECD countries about their experience of bullying. The questions covered a number of types of bullying but the one that...

Maybe We Don't Value our Teachers Enough

Two news items have given me pause for thought over the past few weeks.The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS, 2013) reported that in New Zealand 46% of teachers and 55% of principals...

Will You Hear Me if I Scream?

 A frighteningly clear message – TIMSS and now PISA. Internationally, approximately 10% of school students are bullied. The latest PISA results (51 countries) show an average of 8.9% of 15 year...

Is our Prime Minister Asking the Right Questions?

Earlier this week Prime Minister Bill English made a comment about too many young unemployed people failing drug tests. Apparently, he has strong anecdotal evidence to back up his claim.  The...

The Underbelly-Our Dark Side

When we immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 1986 I had some really strong beliefs about the society we had chosen to enjoy with our three young children. My father had told me about the...

What an Impressive Group of Students!

I was so warmed to hear about a group from Ross Intermediate who have taken it upon themselves to solve a problem for some of their schoolmates.  Six students want to raise $16,000 to get 72 kids...