Blog posts in School Support

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...

Do we value our teachers enough?

It’s a funny old world we live in.  This year’s Reader’s Digest survey on New Zealand’s most trusted professions put teachers 12th overall (out of 50), down slightly from 9th in 2009.Now you may...

Frustrated with political interference in NZ education

My descriptive prefix of the moment, when thinking about education in New Zealand, is OVER and I’m truly OVER it.Over-assessmentOver-useOver-controlOver-egotism           ...

Retention of quality teachers vital

Solutions offered for struggling students are varied and debated from all aspects of the political and educational spectrum. Judith Nowotarski, NZEI president, suggests two significant answers to...

Charter schools reminiscent of a separatist society

Nelson Mandela and charter schools – what’s the connection in my head? I have been thinking about how uncomfortable the introduction of charter schools makes me feel and I could not work out why. Then...

Doubling the rate of achievement

National Standards is in the news again. Claims by the Prime Minister about the data are as ropey as the data itself, states the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Philip Harding.This...

Dancing and the arts – not important enough for PD?

We live in an information-rich age but do we communicate it well? When was the last time you attended a really snappy, efficient meeting where information was exchanged with clarity and succinctness?...

Scratching the itch

Talk abounds about the problem of children in poverty – hands are wrung, blame is cast, and the resulting cost escalates exponentially. But does the Government’s response to hungry kids in schools show...

How long do hungry school kids need to wait?

The budget didn’t do it. How long do we need to wait before this Government supports schools with their hungry children?There are thousands of children who go to school without breakfast or lunch. It’s...