The PaCT Tool

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There has been many thoughts around the PaCT tool and it’s use or non-use by New Zealand schools. New Zealand Educational Institute (union for primary teachers, NZEI) has warned against it, but they are bound to do so given the current political climate and their educational policies. However, what I don’t understand is that we (teachers, […]

Educated Statistics

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Those that know me, know I hate Maths, but love Statistics. Maybe it’s the graphs and the figures; but mostly it’s the story they tell without having to say anything. Interpreting the statistics isn’t rocket science, and generally they can speak a lot of sense into a confusing situation. It’s no wonder then that recently […]

National Standards Again

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Today Nigel Latta launched on the offensive at the press release from Hekia “how-do-you-say-her-name-Potato” Parata and “the Media”. Here’s what was on his Facebook page (Wednesday 12 June, 10:14am) ‘National Standards’ aren’t. The latest national standards ‘results’ being reported in the media are utter nonsense. Pure and simple. Even if we ignore the large inconsistencies […]

L.I.Y. – Focusing Students

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“We want W.A.L.T that is less Disney”. A brilliant quote from Lester Flockton. In my classroom, I have developed a new way of presenting the “WALT”. W.A.L.T stands for “We Are Learning To” which is how the Learning Intention (or L.I.) should start for students. In my class I did away with W.A.L.T. It annoyed […]

Performance Pay Gets in the Way

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In Education in New Zealand over the last couple of months, we have heard the threats of performance pay, and bumping up class sizes, and developing better teachers. This has been well documented in the press, with recent articles on Stuff outlining the intentions of the current Government. www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/6930082/Bigger-class-sizes-announced – 16 May, 2012 www.stuff.co.nz/6936035/Bad-report-card-for-bigger-classes – […]