Gifted and Talented Education

Education discourse is littered with acronyms. NZQA oversees NCEA. RTLBs and ESOL teachers work in schools. You get the idea and, of course, there is jargon in every profession. One…

The Importance of being a Father

The past three years have flashed by and once again we have faced a national election where,  inevitably, education was under the spotlight with a raft of ideas bandied about…

Positively Wellington

The most effective way to learn is by ‘doing’. In the digital world in which we live, technology now enables students to reach beyond the classroom and their immediate environment…

Girls’ Education

Recently I was interviewed by one of our younger students undertaking an enquiry into girls’ education and how it had changed over time. Where to begin? As a young teacher…

Examinations

The desks are set out in tidy lines, the walls stripped of posters and displays. Outside the classroom, students line up, clasping clear plastic bags that hold pens and the…

Modern Learning Environments

There’s a scene in the recently released biopic, The Theory of Everything, where Professor Sciama, Stephen Hawking’s mentor, beckons him into the Cavendish laboratory at Cambridge University and gives him…

Qualifications, NCEA and the IB Diploma

It’s that time of year again. The examination results season. Just after the release of the 2014 NCEA results, I was contacted by a journalist writing an article on our…

Homework

As a teacher I have listened sympathetically and sometimes sceptically to students’ excuses for non-completion of homework. I’ve left it at home. There was a family occasion. The dog ate…

E-Learning

An essential skill taught when I attended Teachers’ College as a trainee in the 1970’s was how to thread a projector. In those simpler days, showing a film to a…