Blog posts in School Support

Don't Believe Everything You Read

Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary, and one of the great writers of the 19th century witnessed the rise of mass-circulation newspapers during his life time.For the first time in his native...

We're Feeling At Odds

Dissonance is healthy and often we seek it, but at some stage a common way forward is good for feelings of security and clarity of direction. So, is it politics and election debate that makes this...

Where have all the Explosions Gone?

How effective, and exciting, is Science teaching in NZ primary schools?

Promises! Promises!

Education is an area where National is vulnerable. They steadfastly stick with Hekia Parata to deliver the policies of John Key, Steven Joyce and Bill English despite her many bungles and lack of...

Size Matters!

I’ve often wondered about class size and how much it really matters. The recent Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) gave me pause for thought. What is TALIS? It is a 5-yearly survey of...

It's Cyber Plague

The Internet has changed the face of bullying. Cyber bullying has become like ‘the plague’ it can happen to anyone, in any place and at any time, and what is scary is the facelessness of the bully....

This is a Horror Story

I’m gobsmacked. How can we, Aotearoa New Zealand, have got to this point where we have twelve and thirteen years old committing murder? Where young children enter a dairy armed with the intent to rob,...

OK Bombard Us...but with Reason

I know I recently bemoaned how NZ school leaders and teachers are so bombarded by new interventions that nothing is used effectively. However, I was intrigued by a Nine to Noon interview on June 4th...

Real Men Teach

Where are our male primary school teachers? Recent New Zealand Teachers' Council figures reveal that just over 20% of teachers are men. Primary schools struggle to attract male teachers. Some will have...

Be Inspired!

A while ago I wrote about how Nelson Mandela inspired me and shaped my thinking and how sad I felt at his death. Last week I learned about the death of another extraordinarily inspiring person, Maya...