Blog posts in School Support

And the Gap Just Gets Wider and Wider

Why is it that whenever we approach budget time politicians suddenly get creative with how they interpret words? A deficit, which has always meant ‘less than that which is required to break even...

Winners Are No Strangers to Failure

 Last year, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura jointly won the Nobel Prize for Physics. The award, for an invention deemed to be of the greatest benefit to humanity, recognised their...

Shop Around? Yeah right...

I don’t often become so incensed that I’m driven to blogging but this morning was different. As usual I woke to the news and this morning to the most recent example of National’s failure to honour...

A Code of Ethics is Enough Thanks!

The Education Amendment Act (No 2), passed earlier this year established the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ) which replaces the New Zealand Teachers Council. One of the changes that...

Get it Right for Dyslexic Kids

Last week it was Dyslexia Advocacy Week 2015 which drew attention to improving the dyslexic student's experience and achievements in New Zealand classrooms.  When I was teaching I struggled...

How Much Group Work is Too Much?

I have been reading a book called 'Quiet'  by Susan Cain.  It is about the value introverts bring to our society.

Hard to Gauge...

 Once again the independent Remuneration Authority granted our MPs a substantial salary increase (5.5%). This while the gap between the ‘haves and the have-nots’ increases exponentially!  The...

Electronic Reading - Good or Bad for Comprehension?

Of the last ten books I’ve bought, nine of them are on Kindle, only one is a paperback. The reason? Cost: so much cheaper. Easy - just one click to buy. Other: I kind of like the look of my developing...

Attention-Beware the Summer Slide

We are at the end of the school year which means a long summer holiday for our students.

Teacher Aides - the Oil in the Machine

Who would support the teachers? Who would assist students with disabilities? Some of our students need help with feeding or with toileting. Who helps them? Teacher Aides. Nearly every school has a...