Unleash Education Blog

The National Standards Fallacy

Since the coalition bringing Labour, NZ First and Greens into power, teachers have been rejoicing. Especially primary teachers. Why? Well, early on in the election campaign, Labour outlined it’s distaste for National Standards and...

Modern Learning Environments become Innovative

What’s in a name? Community of Schools = Community of Learning Charter Schools = Partnership Schools Modern Learning Environment = Innovative Learning Environment Given that the Ministry of Education has launched it’s latest site...

Parents want teachers parenting

Care provider. Call centre operator. Kitchen hand. Negotiator. Detective. Judge. Medic. Counsellor. Social worker. Psychologist. Personal trainer. Caretaker. Cleaner. Don’t get me started on the numerous things that teachers have to do each and...

Palmerston North Herald Return of Free Schooling

Original article: Palmerston North Herald Return of Free Schooling A cost-free education is being trialled at a Palmerston North school – every child’s stationery, sports fees and class trips will be covered for 2018. Parents will...

Survey says teachers’ mental health declining

Original article: Survey says teachers’ mental health declining A long list of anxieties — around school budget cuts, bullying, coarse political discourse and the shaky status of immigrant students — is taking a toll on teachers,...

Writing Level Markers

Over the last few months, I’ve found a way of grouping my student’s writing that makes it quick to moderate my own judgments of each sample. It started off as a quick few post-it...