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Good Teacher articles
March 13, 2002
paper pusher, baby minder, all things to all people? As the teaching
population gets older, and as, all over the world, many young teachers
leave three or so years into their teaching careers we need to ask this
Some of Michael
Burgoyne’s observations about education in NZ may come as a surprise,
but there’s nothing like seeing the world through another pair of glasses
to get one to reconsider the positives and re-focus the negative.
presents a great opportunity to ask what exactly we mean by research,
how do we teach it, and how well have we been doing? Is re-packaged
... is living
proof that research is much more than re-packaging information. Even
at primary school, it can be original, rigorous, relevant and utterly
cool as far as the kids are concerns. This is an inspiring account of
the research project on urban possum density done by a Year 4/5 class
at Opoho School in Dunedin, closely guided by their teacher, Mina Crooks,
and Dr Henrik Moller of the University of Otago. If you read nothing
else all year read this!.
your help to spread the word about their primary poster competition.
This is a wonderful service with an 0800 number available to children
anywhere in NZ 4-6pm each day. Read more…
If you haven't
heard about it yet, you'd better get up to speed pronto! One of the
biggest ICT initiatives to be launched in NZ…
At last a program
which helps readers by asking metacognitive questions. But apart from
the article in the Harvard Education Review no one seems to know about
it or whether it's in NZ yet. Anyone out there with more info?
If you haven't
worked out why NEMP is an annual addiction for many teacher administrators
and markers, here's why!
Maybe the problem
is with illiteracy, but Steve May weighs into the L debate with some
interesting expansions of the idea that "literacy is about much more
than just reading and writing." Essential reading…
Alan's brief description
of a master teacher in action shows how a carefully orchestrated combination
of approaches extends the learner's experience and builds a richer learning
John gets stuck
into the A word (no, not silly Auckland = A) but ATTITUDE. He's not
talking about the stupid sort of branding driven by pretentious ad agencies,
but what drives good teachers. He asserts that "Our attitude is the
only thing in life we can unequivocally control." Do you agree? Read
and find out...