The power of student mindsets and direct instruction and why neither is uniformly informing the practice of NZ teachers

Nina Hood

Reflections on knowledge from and with an exceptional teacher

I recently received a series of emails from a truly talented teacher (I have been lucky enough to spend some time in her classroom), who has over thirty years of experience teaching. In her first email, she described how her beliefs around knowledge had been challenged as a result of being part of a professional …

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Talk to Education Hub report launch: ‘On Knowledge: Towards understandings of place(s), space(s) and role(s) of knowledge in and for education’.

Dr Jenny Ritchie, Victoria University of Wellington   Congratulations to Nina and the other contributors to this report. In our busy lives it is so very useful to take time to reflect on such important questions as to our understandings regarding our roles as educators, and our understandings of the places, spaces and roles of …

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Moving beyond the binary; why focusing on skills versus knowledge is the wrong discussion

The Education Hub recently released a report, On Knowledge, which explores to contested place and role of knowledge in education. The report responds, in part, to the ongoing debate in New Zealand, and elsewhere around the world, between skills and knowledge in education. Those on the skills side of the debate suggest that schools need …

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The Quest for Scale; The Holy Grail of education reform?

Nina Hood The quest to achieve innovation and improvement at scale could be considered the holy grail of education reform, with governments and increasingly donor-funded initiatives, aspiring to achieve sustained, systemic innovation and improvement that reaches every student, in every classroom, in every school in New Zealand. Despite a strong desire for achieving scale, there …

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Building a system’s capacity to improve: what does it take?

Nina Hood In The Education Hub’s recently released report, The Quest for Scale: achieving system-wide innovation and improvement in education, we present a new paradigm for achieving system-wide achievement and change in education in New Zealand, networked improvement. Network improvement rejects the traditional one-size fits all, programatic approach to scale, in favor of a focus …

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The power of student mindsets and direct instruction and why neither is uniformly informing the practice of NZ teachers

With the new school year now started many teachers and schools are thinking about how they best can support and promote student learning. A recent report by McKinsey and Company (a global, management consultancy firm) may offer some answers. The report analysed data from the 2015 PISA survey, which assessed half a million students across …

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