Opinion: Should teachers pay registration fees under EDUCANZ?
The PPTA is considering placing payment of professional certification fees by the Ministry of Education in the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. By ANGELA ROBERTS.
Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education
We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.
Future-focused initial teacher education: preparing teachers for changing demands
DR STUART WISE shares how the University of Canterbury (UC) is evolving its initial teacher education (ITE) programmes to keep pace with the ever-changing demands on teachers and learners.
Taking teachers out of the country to bring cultural responsiveness into the classroom
JUDE BARBACK talks to the University of Canterbury’s Tufulasi Taleni about how a week in a Samoan village has proven to have the most profound effect on student teachers’ understanding of the cultural and learning needs of students from different ethnic backgrounds.
Any initiative or policy that leverages the status of New Zealand’s teaching profession is a good thing, says ER editor Jude Barback.
Policy: Changes to initial teacher education
In the lead up to this year’s Budget, Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced a number of changes affecting initial teacher education (ITE) that are aimed to improve the supply and quality of teachers.
Experts and naturals: should we make the move to universal postgraduate ITE?
As the Education Council prepares to take their pitch for a move to postgraduate ITE on the road, it seems inevitable that the proposal will get over the line.
Digital data: a leadership tool or Big Brother watching you?
Dr LOUISE STARKEY’s research into how schools use data revealed inconsistencies among schools’ attitudes, approaches and capabilities and identified room for the development of data expertise across New Zealand schools.
Play misunderstood: the divide between primary classroom teachers and senior managers
SARAH AIONO of Longworth Education suggests that a successful play-based learning environment requires a level of skill by teachers not easily understood by school management.
Maths + digital technology = opportunities: a complex and interesting equation
Drs JO FLETCHER and KAREN NICHOLAS set out to discover how primary schools are using digital technologies in their year 7 and 8 mathematics classrooms. Their research uncovered some interesting findings from how equity and maintenance of devices was managed to the need for more professional development to the way ICT was used to support learning.
Closing the rich-poor divide in literacy
Massey University’s PROFESSOR TOM NICHOLSON says we need to redesign the literacy that is taught in our schools so that it works for those in lower socio-economic communities.
Partnership model a huge success
A partnership between a teacher education provider and 21 local primary schools proves that effective leadership and mutual co-operation are the keys to success. By KIRSTY JONES, Eastern Institute of Technology.
Ed's Letter - The time is right
Jude Barback Not long ago, I received a phone call from a researcher in the UK whose study focus was teacher workforce supply trends across the world. She was interested in why some countries are facing a shortage of teachers while others are faced with a situation where many applicants are after the same jobs. A quick check through the back issues of Education Review revealed that teacher workforce supply has been a problem for a while now in New Zealand.
The long and winding road to postgrad teacher education
Many teacher education providers are pushing for a master’s level qualification to become the minimum requirement to become a teacher, while others think this approach will deter aspiring teachers. With the initial teacher education (ITE) postgraduate pilot now in its third year, the Ministry of Education is getting closer to making a decision on the future shape of ITE. Which way will it go and what impact will it have? asks JUDE BARBACK.
Meet the teachers of Aotearoa
New Zealand’s teaching workforce comprises many different people – provisionally registered teachers, those who have come to teaching in a roundabout way, those who are opting for some teaching experience abroad, and those who are putting their teaching qualifications to innovative use. Here, we meet some of New Zealand’s newest and aspiring educators.
Turning the ‘best and brightest’ into teachers
Education Review asks Teach First NZ’s chief executive SHAUN SUTTON about the origins of Teach First NZ, its influence on New Zealand’s models of initial teacher education, the recent controversy around teacher recruitment processes and the impact it is having on students at low decile schools.
Is ‘mat time’ a waste of time?
ANITA MORTLOCK shares her research about the common practice of ‘mat time’ in New Zealand schools.
Work of Teacher Education insights
DR ALEXANDRA GUNN discusses her recent TLRI study that scrutinises how initial teacher education is produced, maintained and practised in New Zealand and compares it with similar research carried out overseas.
The Manaiakalani experience: changing teaching stances
NZCER researchers ROSEMARY HIPKINS, JENNY WHATMAN, and JO MacDONALD discuss the insights that emerged from the Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy (MDTA) initiative.
First-hand from a first-year
Provisionally registered teacher Carolyn Richardson shares lessons learned from her first year teaching at Tauranga Intermediate.
Starting out as a new teacher
Associate professor SALLY HANSEN and Dr ALISON SEWELL give some advice to teachers embarking on their teaching journey.
Emerging from The Mind Lab
Kristin School teacher, NATHAN CALVERT was among the first 130 teachers to undertake The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). He was named as the winner of the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award. Here, Education Review asks him about the award, the course and the future.
Teacher education – should it be provider-led or school-led? The key to finding the right balance
England’s teacher training situation is said to be heading for crisis as programmes move away from higher education providers to school-led programmes. How does New Zealand’s situation compare? By JUDE BARBACK.
Awards: Do they really motivate teachers?
JUDE BARBACK considers whether the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards will help to raise student achievement as intended.
Sun sets on Teachers Council
With the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand set to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council next year, teachers are anxious that their new independent statutory professional body truly is independent. JUDE BARBACK looks at how things are evolving.
The teacher supply and demand see-saw
JUDE BARBACK reviews the tricky business of managing teacher supply and demand.
Politics, the world and teacher education
Are the international and political contexts of education being adequately addressed in New Zealand teacher education programmes? JUDE BARBACK looks at what measures several schools of education are taking to ensure an outward-facing approach.
Transitioning between class levels – a way for teachers to connect the dots
TRACEY CARLYON opens the door for discussion on teachers transitioning between different class levels.
The Teacher Brain Drain
Current oversupply of teachers is forcing new teacher graduates to consider looking for jobs overseas, but is teaching abroad all it’s cracked up to be?
Early childhood education in 2012: a round-up
Failure to launch: postgraduate initial teacher education
The Ministry of Education’s welcome u-turn in June on its policies concerning class sizes and teacher cuts had a knock-on effect for the proposal to move initial teacher education to postgraduate-level. Now confusion reigns among providers and prospecti
Qualifications necessary in ECE
A letter published in the New Zealand Herald some time ago conveyed the author’s sentiments effectively.
From Dannevirke to dangerous minds
Education Review talks to Kiwi teacher CAMERON ANDREW about combining teaching with travel and his eye-opening experiences teaching difficult kids in London.
The many faces of teaching
Education Review peeks through the doors of New Zealand classrooms to discover the many different pathways to becoming a teacher.
New teachers, listen up
An education lecturer, a researcher and a teacher who has recently completed her first year of teaching all give their tips on what new teachers should be prepared for in 2012.
Teachers of Promise
MARIE CAMERON and SUSAN LOVETT discuss the early findings of their research, the Teachers of Promise study: Teachers in their ninth year of teaching.
Mentoring new teachers: putting the new guidelines into action
The Teachers Council reports good feedback from the newly implemented Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers and looks to the next steps.
STUART MIDDLETON considers parallels between the experiences of new teachers and new entrants
Learning the lessons
MARIE CAMERON reflects on the lessons for schools, from research into beginning teachers
Managing the excitement
The thrill of starting a teaching career is a real asset for new teachers, but one that needs to be managed carefully, suggest school support advisers
The overseas-trained teacher
We talk to an overseas-trained teacher about the adjustment to life in a New Zealand classroom
A better start
Moves are afoot to ensure new teachers are well supported in their first two years in the profession
What kind of teacher are you?
How can prospective teachers choose which branch of the profession to enter?
Bang goes your career? Some things you might want to know about winning a national teaching award.
A spade is now a spade
GEOFF VAUSE reports on expectations now placed on providers of teacher education.