Category: Education

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The Teacher Crisis as it is.

Recently there has been a lot in the media about teachers pay, and current issues in education. This was somewhat heightened by the August strike – the first primary teachers have been on since...

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Teaching Portfolios: Do we need them?

Ever since I became a teacher in 2009 I’ve been keeping everything I’ve done. For the first two years as a PRT (Provisionally Registered Teacher) it was pretty much part of the process of...

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Happy New Year: 2020 Vision

At the end of last year (2019), the most searched term that lead to this website was ‘teaching portfolios” followed by “examples of teaching portfolios”. It prompted me to think about and reflect on...

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A New Direction

Hi All, After several personal attacks, I’ve come to realise two things: People are happy to dish things out but can’t take it (myself included) I’ve become far to critical, cynical, and political in...

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A Twitter Conversation: May 2019

​School teachers and principals across the country have agreed to stage New Zealand’s largest-ever strike as negotiations with the Ministry of Education continue to stall. The Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) and New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI)...

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It’s Time to Teach Back Home

Great to see the NZ Government finally getting on board with the latest NZEI slogan “It’s time”. Of course, they tried to be cool with it, and put in a New Zullund accent in...

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Sufferage: The Sideways Movement

This year we celebrate 125 years since the Women’s Suffrage movement. In New Zealand, Kate Sheppard lead the charge to get women the vote. “Speaking for a new generation, she argued, ‘We are tired...