Are teachers now too scared to really get to know their students? — EducationHQ New Zealand

Source: Are teachers now too scared to really get to know their students? — EducationHQ New Zealand

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Makes you proud to see your students do well.

Lana’s teachers are proud of her. Lana (finished at WEGC in 2016) worked hard at school and is a worthy recipient of a Toloa Tertiary Scholarship. See here for further details.

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Datacom support for teachers appreciated

I have just finished facilitating a Level 3 Python course for teachers covering object orientated programming and event driven programming via a Graphical user Interface.

Being a course for teachers, pedagogical practices and assessment design were integrated, this is important as it provides highly contextualized training – far richer than just technical training.

Sadly this sort of training is not provided as a matter of course. Fortunately, however, Datacom has stepped up(again) and helped make it happen. Well done.

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Teachers as coaches? Surely a parents role?

Seen in Stuff…

But just 26 per cent of school staff in Wellington help out with secondary sports, according to the census, leaving a large coaching gap for parents and the wider community to fill.

Source: Stuff here

Shouldn’t this read… Few parents coach sporting teams, at least teachers despite huge workloads pick up the slack.

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Ombudsman: 413631… Teachers Register

It has been a long road. Having been declined a full copy of the teachers register see here and implementing a student built workaround see here the Ombudsman finally facilitated the result I desired. My students can now use the  teachers register data-set to experiment with efficiency of primary keys on databases.

Education Council provided a DVD with the following email…

The information requested has been posted to you. The file is created onto a DVD.The file is an ASCII .csv file with headers. There are 125675 rows plus the header.The file has been zipped and encrypted using 7Zip. The decryption key is &……..

I am unsure why it is an encrypted file but nevertheless I am appreciative that the Education Council has finally provided the data required.

I do have some unanswered questions:

  1. Why can the Education Council not make this file downloadable via https://www.data.govt.nz/
  2. Would anyone be upset if I posted the full register online?
  3. Why did the Education Council require details of the purpose I would put the information to – before they granted my request see email extract below…

Our early response was based on the fact that we were not aware of the reason for the request or the purpose that the information would be put to.We are prepared to look at this in the light of information received from the Ombudsman and if you are able to provide us with more information, we may be able to come to some arrangement that would satisfy both parties.

 

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Six Year 10 phones and counting…

Teachers cannot touch or confiscate phones. Students however can volunteer to place them up front… Six and counting.

NOTE: The phones were not being used for school work or any urgent requirement.

Further NOTE: No phones (or students) were harmed with this temporary confinement.

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Mention in Datacom annual report…

As the facilitator of the above mentioned course I am pleased it is successful.

Full report can be found here.

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