Saturday, December 22, 2012

When we struggle, we get smarter!

A key message in the excellent TED presentation is 'when we struggle, we get smarter'.  I couldn't agree more!

To find out how to get really good at something, spend 18 minutes listening to what Daniel Coyle has to say.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Should we get children learning maths concepts earlier in life?

This article from The New Zealand Herald highlights what is happening in an Auckland kindergarten, where children are being exposed to mathematics concepts in their pre-school education.  The article starts:

'They had their annual Christmas party at the Lakeview Private Kindergarten on Wednesday.

Among the pint-sized participants were the 4-year-old graduates of the phonics, reading and writing class: the literacy programme designed to make them school-ready. Children who complete this course generally start in the top reading group when they move on to primary school, says owner/manager Michelle Tod-Bosch'.

To read the article in full, click here.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boxing to improve educational outcomes

Here's an article to demonstrate that I practice what I preach; the importance of health and fitness to improve educational outcomes, in this case, through boxing.  The article starts:

'Pumping iron and boxing clever is helping turn a squad of Lakeview School pupils into classroom champs.

Deputy principal Tim Nelson said eight teacher-nominated Year 8 boys started training at Wai Weight private gymnasium in Masterton at the start of last term'.

Click here to read the article in full.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Zealand ranks 8th in education outcomes

Check out this article re educational outcomes achieved by developed countries.  The ranking list was in a study called The Learning Curve, published by Pearson and carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit'.

The two leading countries, Finland and South Korea, share these common factors:
  • High-quality teachers
  • valued accountability
  • a moral mission that underlay education efforts. 

To read the article, click here.