Blog posts in School Support

More focus needed on the 20 percent with reading learning difficulties

I'm in the middle of writing up some research into adolescent spelling and decoding and I am faced with a daily dilemma.

The strugglers need to feel valued too

A few weeks ago Jessica Craig blogged of how everyone needs to experience success and I would add, especially New Zealanders. We know that a major team’s loss can throw our country into mourning and...

No to tormentors, persecutors and bullies

Media has had a field day with revelations, accusations, exposé, leaks, and uncoverings.

Art connects communities

Last week I attended a superb art exhibition hosted by the Faculty of Education featuring the children of Tai Tamariki Kindergarten and their collaborative work with community museums and art galleries...

We all love winning, but...

When I started this Team New Zealand was on a winning streak and I was going to talk about the explosive energy and motivation that comes from winning and how team work wins over big bucks . .

Saving the School Journal

Bill English and Hekia Parata say that, despite the wind down of Learning Media, schools will continue to receive all publications, including the School Journal.We want to believe this but not everyone...

The light at the end of the tunnel?

What a week of highs and lows in my perceptions of education leaders in New Zealand.On the one hand we received the NZ Principals Federation flyer in which Phillip Harding spoke of being interviewed by...

Why ruin a good thing?

I read the recent PPTA research report on professional learning and development (PLD) with interest and then dismay. We knew the situation wasn’t good – we’ve been victims of it ourselves – but it’s...

All too easy to make assumptions about knowledge

I have been thinking about two recent conversations I’ve had with children to discover their thinking about understanding and learning. I was shocked at my assumptions about the prior knowledge they...

Written off as stupid

Streaming, broad-banding, ability grouping… whatever you call it I think it is damaging because it shapes everyone’s thinking. The people doing it and the people, usually children or adolescents, to...