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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

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Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Teaching launched » Open Polytechnic Posted on 3 February 2015 Following the success of Open Polytechnic’s primary science teaching qualifications, the new fee free Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Teaching (Curriculum) is now open for enrolments. It is widely acknowledged that many primary teachers feel a lack of confidence when teaching mathematics. With Mathematics being part of the National Standards structure, Open Polytechnic is committed to providing a vocational qualification that builds the skills of teachers so they are able to gain the best results for their students and for the school. Open Polytechnic is New Zealand’s largest specialist provider of distance learning. The online courses have been designed with inquiry based learning in mind, and the belief that mathematics can be fun.

New Zealand Registered Teacher Criteria – E portfolio Newly qualified teachers in New Zealand are known as Beginning Teachers (BTs) or Provisionally Registered Teachers (PRTs). Provisionally registered is the term used by the New Zealand Teachers Council, the professional and regulatory body for teachers in New Zealand, and refers to the teacher’s registration status. During the first two years in the teaching profession newly qualified teacher in New Zealand undertake a two-year long induction process into the teaching profession overseen by an experienced mentor teacher and the teacher’s professional leader. At the end of the induction process the PRT’s professional leader is required to use evidence to make a judgement as to whether the teacher has met each of the criteria in order to be confirmed as a fully registered teacher. Professional relationships and professional values Fully registered teachers engage in appropriate professional relationships and demonstrate commitment to professional values.

Gove's claims of teenagers' ignorance harpooned by retired teacher The education secretary, Michael Gove, has come under fire for citing PR-commissioned opinion polls as evidence of teenagers' ignorance of key historical events. Gove's department has admitted he cited polls originating from Premier Inn and UKTV Gold press releases. Gove said in a Mail on Sunday article in March: "Survey after survey has revealed disturbing historical ignorance, with one teenager in five believing Winston Churchill was a fictional character while 58% think Sherlock Holmes was real." The comments prompted Janet Downs, who describes herself as a grandparent and retired teacher, to send a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Department for Education asking for the evidence to support Gove's claim.

7 Ways to Become a Better Teacher This Summer Summer break is a lot of things for teachers. It’s a needed and well-deserved respite from the classroom grind — no papers to grade, no calls from parents, no staff meetings or students to tend to. But it’s not all rest and relaxation. Most teachers, especially younger educators, will portion off a good chunk of their three-month classroom hiatus to hone their craft, revise and rewrite lesson plans, and familiarize themselves with the latest tools and educational technologies in preparation for the school year ahead.

3. Assessment Tools and Terms - Education Review Office 3. Assessment Tools and Terms This section describes assessment tools that teachers use. Teachers may sometimes use a combination of assessment tools to gain the best possible information about student achievement and progress. The 2 Sisters Joan and Gail modeling The Daily 5™ Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining and directing students on a daily basis? Are you questioning the value of busy work but afraid that ceasing from such activities will lead to chaos in the classroom? Have you heard the phrase, “work smarter, not harder” but don’t have a clue how to start?

Punish or Restore? Restorative Processes for Learning Organisations. We’ve heard a lot this week about the number of cases where an apology has effectively closed the issue. The populist media response was predictable enough and sadly failed to look at some of the stronger messages attached to an apology. One of the more powerful ones is the potential to use Restorative Practice.

The Face of EdTech The Internet has allowed anyone with a connection to establish relationships all over the world. Even astronauts tweet! There is a social media buffet that stretches beyond the most impressive Las Vegas spread. Minds in Bloom: 20 Three-Minute Brain Breaks Wednesday's guest post about why kids need to move from pediatric occupational therapist Loren Shlaes was so popular that I decided to follow it up with a list of Brain Breaks you can use with your students. These are great to use anytime your students are feeling restless and are struggling to pay attention. Most of these will only take a few minutes, and then you can get back to the lesson with your students ready to focus on the lesson at hand.5-4-3-2-1. In this simple game, students stand up and the teacher (or leader) has them do five different movements in descending order. For example the teacher would say: "Do fivejumping jacks, spin around four times, hop on one foot threetimes, walk all the way around the classroom two times, give your neighbor one high-five (pausing in between each task for students to do it).Trading Places Have students stand behind their pushed-in chairs.

4. Teaching as Inquiry - 2015 Master Appraisal Site Effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students. At Pakuranga Heights School we are working towards embedding teaching as inquiry into our system wide practices in order to move towards teachers having many opportunities to inquire in order to view inquiry as a way of professional being. Teaching as inquiry has occurred the last two years when we come together as a team each term to evaluate student progress towards meeting our annual achievement targets, our performance goals for reading, writing and mathematics and in 2015 our teaching as inquiry professional learning circles that will occur twice per term. The model below shows the two ways how teaching as inquiry can be understood; as a cycle of learning and as a way of professional being. As a school we advocate open discussion on our practice that is supportive to promote individual teacher, team and organisational learning. Using a Teaching as Inquiry Framework

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