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Friday, January 22, 2021

We should remember that old truism about teaching and learning: Never make assumptions about...

COVID – 19 has turned life in the education sector, from ECE to tertiary, upside down . What we once did face-to-face now takes place in virtual classrooms. Students are now being ‘schooled’ from...

Opinion: Green School New Zealand – Where were you when I began school in...

There needs to be some personal context for this opinion piece.  Three years ago, I “retyred” after 48 years in education.  My roles have included secondary teaching, union activist, teacher recruitment manager, and working...

Child Poverty: Pointing the finger in the right direction.

By Alwyn Poole www.innovativeducation.co.nz In an affluent country like New Zealand children are in material deprivation for one of two reasons. Either their parent(s) are not earning/receiving enough money in a relatively high cost nation...

Low cost actions that may prevent disease in the flu season – and the...

By Alwyn Poole www.innovativeducation.co.nz One of my initial degree courses was looking at the development of health practices that lead to the increases in human life expectancy. While many people think that antibiotics and vaccines...

Opinion: The Downside of the Tech Revolution in our Classrooms

I am wary of "devices" in the classroom. I am not a Luddite. I'm a teacher of many years experience. I regard "devices" as a tool,  not an obligatory method of education. My school is...

Opinion: The Nasty Fish Hook for Teachers in “Tomorrows’ Schools Lite.”

I opened my hotmail inbox the other day. The junk emails had the usual lovely guy from Nigeria requesting my bank details to share his huge inheritance with me. One email caught my eye....

National’s policy for tertiary education: Part 2

In the first part of this series, I looked at the National party’s approach to forming its policy for next year’s election:  the party is road-testing options by flying kites, putting up possibilities and...

Anna Clements – Bullying

It started as a regular Tuesday at school for 15-year-old Sophia but by 11.40am, everything had changed. During Math a giggling classmate thrust a list at her, Stuff We Hate About Sophia and Dylan....

The Conversation: Exam stress may not be fun but it can help you get...

Two-thirds of young people experience levels of exam stress that mental health organisation ReachOut describes as "worrying". Research shows high levels of exam stress can interfere with attention and reduce working memory, leading to lower performance. Early experiences...

Opinion: Peter Lyons – Beware of politicians with big picture answers

It's taken me till my mid 50s and a lifetime of reading to arrive at a startling conclusion. There are two types of people in this world. Those who fully appreciate the implications of...

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