Tagged: schools

I need to discuss my concern… - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 24, 2016

Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson Education leaders can shy away from difficult conversations with teachers, or, struggle to recognise when they’ve prejudged the situation. But they can be taught to do better, and The University of Auckland’s Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson is doing just that. Professor Robinson’s work on research-based guidance on student-centred leadership just won her the … Read More

Food, culture, regulation - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 29, 2016

The Herald reports that new Auckland university research shows –  shock, horror – that: “Sixty-nine per cent of urban schools have a convenience store within 800m and sixty-two per cent have a fast-food or takeaway shop in that distance” I was surprised the number was that low, but then in Wellington one finds small schools in all sorts of odd … Read More

Strengthening Secondary/Tertiary Collaboration - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 07, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Secondary-Tertiary meeting, organised by Sabina Cleary of UC Ed Plus with the support of the Canterbury Science Teachers Association. This meeting involved teachers from secondary schools around Christchurch with staff from the three main tertiary institutions (University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology) to discuss various aspects of … Read More

Courtesy doesn't cost …. - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Sep 18, 2012

… well not in monetary terms. However, a little consideration by an employer in times of difficulty can help relieve rather than exacerbate the stress felt by staff. Unfortunately, it seems both the University of Canterbury and the Ministry of Education seem to have missed this point. I was talking last night to someone who has recently been made redundant by … Read More

Bigger Classes in Schools? Will they ever learn? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 03, 2012

Yet again the topic of class size in schools is in the news. A report from Treasury is suggesting that schools increase class sizes as a cost cutting measure for the government. It is disturbing to see it reported that Finance Minister Bill English has made comments that there is “clear evidence” that class size doesn’t matter. As someone who taught … Read More

Should Maths be Taught in Schools? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jul 04, 2011

Last week I posted a Youtube video which showed the response of 2011 Miss America contestants to the question “Should evolution be taught in schools?”. While it makes interesting viewing several readers have commented how painful it was to watch. However, some bright spark has created a hilarious parody of these interviews but asking “Should we teach math in … Read More