Educational psychologist and teacher JULIA WESTERA continues to be a passionate advocate for reciprocal teaching and in this article she introduces a new initiative and provides a follow-up on two Q & A sessions reported in Education Gazette in April 2014 and November 2015.
Kids Kai Time is a charitable organisation that’s essentially the nom de guerre of Masterton’s Michelle Leslie, in her personal war on poverty and child obesity in her community. After giving years of her time and money providing meals to children in need, she started to think about how she could make the enterprise more sustainable.
‘Bush kindergartens’ are providing opportunities for young children to learn and grow outside the classroom walls. MELISSA WASTNEY meets teachers from two kindergartens who are encouraging their students to freely explore their wider – and wilder – surroundings.
Peter and Ellen Jarratt began their arts education project with the simple mission of ‘inspiring creative thinkers with the confidence to change their world’. From their base in Gisborne they offer a range of arts education resources to unleash student creativity all over New Zealand, writes MELISSA WASTNEY.
Schools about to take the children of refugee families who’ve made their homes in New Zealand face a unique challenge. These children have in most cases been through unimaginable turmoil in their native countries, before they were able to flee here, and teachers may understandably feel uncertain as to how they should best approach these children. AUT University’s Maria Hayward says that foremost in the needs of these vulnerable and tragically affected young people is a large dose of compassion.
A teaching project at an early childhood education (ECE) centre in Auckland is among 33 new and innovative teaching projects in schools and ECE centres that are now able to get underway thanks to funding from...