The State of Literacy

The State of Literacy

International Literacy Day is upon us once again and with it the annual outrage regarding falling literacy rates of some group or another. As usual, standardised testing comes under scrutiny and literacy rate comparisons are pushed around in the media. Literacy, along with numeracy, creativity, critical thinking and communication skills are vital aspects of education…

Aotearoa, Walk with Me

Aotearoa, Walk with Me

‘E kore au e hoki i te waewae tūtuki.  Ka koke whakamua noa atu!’  I will not turn back because of minor obstacles. I will press ahead to the desired goal! I am a proud Kiwi of mixed ethnicities who happened to be born in Aotearoa within a small coastal community, who, at the time, were…

Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom

2020 was definitely a year like no other in recent history and for many of us we are still facing lockdowns and other stresses as a result. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the landscape of many facets of our lives and in particular, education has been an area that changed significantly in such a short period…