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  • Barb Curran 26 Jan 2014 8:24pm () in New initiative announced to help raise student achievement

    With all due respect Jill, ask Phillipstown, Salisbury, Branston Intermediate... about MOE consultation. There is an agenda here around education that is more about neoliberal values of competition and privitasation than it is about improving education. I don't need to be paid extra to share good practice, and neither do my colleagues. If they truly wanted to make it easier for good teachers to stay in the classroom, why limit the Advanced Skills teachers in the Primary Teachers Collective Agreement to 800, and then find money for this? This is more about embedding National Standards and disrupting teachers relationships with their units. I hope I'm wrong, but the history of this government with education makes me dubious. Absolutely people should contact those on the working party to express their ideas, and I fully intend to do so. In the meantime I hope people look at the pros and the cons of this proposal.

  • Barb Curran 24 Jan 2014 11:34am () in New initiative announced to help raise student achievement

    The devil will in fact be in the details. What will be the criteria to be selected? I suspect that it will be school or class performance on National Standards that will be used to determine who is an expert teacher or principal. For many years NZEI Te Riu Roa has wanted a way to recognise good teachers who wish to stay in the classroom as opposed to becoming a Team leader, AP or DP. After a protracted battle involving stop work meetings and national marches, we were finally offered 800 Advanced Skills teacher positions for attracting a $5000 stipend. These are based on skills and attributes, through an application process. All of a sudden there is more money for many more teachers to be chosen by an unknown process. I am therefore very dubious about this. Teachers and principals are successful within a certain context (urban/rural, school size, ethnicity, socio-economic status etc.) and I'm not sure that it will be easy for those skills to transfer to "save" a school that is different to where they have had success. It also could threaten collaboration (I'm not going to help, so and so is paid to be a role model) and the autonomy of schools.My advice is be wary until more information about the process is revealed.

  • Barb Curran 26 May 2011 8:20pm () in COWs vs Suites (or other)

    The ideal would/will be each student having their own portable device. In answer to the original question, I guess I lean slightly to having computers/laptops etc in the classroom, so that I can have them used more naturally and throughout the day - not just when I'm scheduled or when they are free.

    Having said that, our pods of netbooks/laptops are well used and the booking system works well. We do occasionally have the not charged not returned issue which can be frustrating for the ICT savvy and very off putting for teachers who are already outside their comfort zone just booking them!