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My experience as a threatened species – a male primary school teacher

The number of male teachers in New Zealand schools continues to decline at an alarming rate. In Jo Muir’s article, ‘Efforts to get more male teachers failing… 436 more words


Last day of the school year

It’s the last day of the school year and after a great year together in this Geordie’s classroom, we’re all off to celebrate Christmas and New Year. 10 more words


Maths basic facts - A need for speed

Why is there a need for kids to know maths basic facts with their easy access to technology? Do kids really need to rote learn their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts?  162 more words


Battle of the pawns

What well-known board game nurtures strategic and higher-order thinking in children? The answer: Chess.

The Susan Polgar Foundation excel through chess has found that “When youngsters play chess they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities.” Now, these are benefits that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but rather embraced. 214 more words


Enhancing learning with interval training

The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • 1 in 9 children (aged 2–14 years) were obese (11%) and
  • a further 1 in 5 children were overweight (22%)
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Sharing kids' writing with the world

Where do budding writers share their writing? At the blog ‘Writing by kids at Kapiti Primary School’.

This Geordie teacher runs a writing group for students from years five to six. 116 more words


Getting the best out of class displays

Teachers have control over what they display on their classroom walls. Displays can have a valuable impact on students by both further developing and celebrating their learning. 134 more words