Blog posts in School Support

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...

Celebrate the World's Fastest Growing Minority

 The New Zealand Disability Survey 2013, released this year, identified 24% of people living in NZ as having a disability. Because of our aging population the proportion is set to increase. Wow!...

You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone...

 In the last few months we have been working in the Pacific and I have been struck by how much we take for granted living in a country that is ‘developed’ rather than ‘developing’.  We...

Have you Painted a Picture Lately?

As the National Party settles in for its third term I can’t help but wonder what lies ahead. More charter schools? More testing? More focus on literacy and mathematics? And what of professional...

Wisdom Needed to Pull Purse Strings

Over the last week or so there has been a lot of media ‘noise’ and pre-election chatter about the progress and achievement of partnership/charter schools.After the 2011 election, charter schools...