classroom practice

From classroom teacher to staff room teacher: the first day at school all over again

I began my career as a secondary English teacher in Nottingham in the UK in 1993. I was full of idealistic good intentions and saw teaching as a way of promoting social justice and equity. I began work in a school with plenty of opportunities for promoting social justice and equity as it was located in an inner city community that had,...

Science capabilities: What is their potential to refocus science education?

According to the New Zealand Curriculum, students learn science at school so that “they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role” (p17). The quick way of saying this is that the purpose of school science is to develop scientific literacy....

The power of a conversation

Schools are busy places. Classrooms are even busier places; it is all too easy to get through a day without having an informal/non-subject-focused conversation with a student. Sure, we may talk to them (and don’t get me wrong most teachers I speak with say that they feel like they talk all day) but have we really stopped and had a...

5 Tips for Teachers in Innovative Learning Environments

Innovative learning environments (ILE) are popping up all around Christchurch. It is becoming increasingly rare for a teacher to work in a “single cell” classroom space with one group of students (Keehan and Forbes, 2020).  ILE require teams of teachers to work together with a larger group of students. Prior to joining...

Setting real boundaries in a virtual world

There's no denying that the ubiquitous nature of modern technology has opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to accessing information. Whether it be looking up the name of what you think might just have been a jellyfish that you accidentally stood on while taking a stroll on the beach, scanning through to find how many...

Three ways blended learning can enhance active reflection

As I am new to the Evaluation Associates team, I am drawn almost immediately to Michael Absolum's touchstone book 'Clarity in the Classroom' where the Archway of Teaching and Learning Capabilities is thoroughly explored.    While each capability in the archway is hugely significant in our mahi building the bridge...

We know 1 + 1 = 2 but are there other ways to look at this equation?

If you are a mathematics fanatic, like me, you may also enjoy it for the logical and methodical way problems are solved. There are a clear set of rules and procedures to follow to get to the right answer. An example of this is 1 + 1 equals 2. There are no two ways about it! More complex addition examples can be questions such as 45 + 25...

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