My time is valuable… I can give private tuition discounted to $75 per hour

I was approached, not for the first time, to help a student catch up on some missed work during nonteaching hours. I asked if they had read the material posted, talked to friends. Unsurprisingly and somewhat disappointingly the answer was “no”.

I am not paid to run private tuition and catch up for students that have missed classes. In some rare instances, I have run some workshops but more often than not students have forgotten, have a higher priority, etc… fair enough.

This got me thinking – perhaps I will offer private catch up tuition for $75 per hour, discounted to $40 if two students. This could be held at an off-site public venue perhaps a Library. Or, with school support, I could hire a classroom for a nominal fee.  There would be a late cancelation fee or full charge if no show. Parents going on holiday during term time could factor in private tuition as part of holiday cost…

While the parent/caregiver would carry the risk, I bet the student would be more engaged and I would get paid for my time. Is that after all what a professional would do? Would you expect your plumber, builder or nurse to give you professional advice for free?

Just saying and thinking…

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Should staff and students share toilets?

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Many secondary schools have migrated to gender-neutral toilets. Some schools have gone the next step of gender neutral and shared staff and student toilets ie same general area with separate self-contained toilet areas. This makes some staff uncomfortable…

Is this a case of a step too far or a modern attitude towards treating students as equals?

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Looking for CSV datasets useful for students to practice SQL

Following an initial trawl of government datasets and public registers (including open data govt website), I am asking if anyone got any recommendations regarding relevant (CSV) data sets I could provide students with for structuring a database and using SQL to interrogate? A lot of the public registers limit access… I can get students to do surveys but frankly, there are so many surveys run by other students… I have had some great suggestions (you know who you are)… and have a few ideas of my own;

  • KAMAR as a source for WEGC anonymized teacher and student info
  • Min Ed School register
  • Stolen cars from Police
  • Crash statistics from NZTA
  • School census data from Statistics (built largely to teach Statistics…)
  • Waka AMA spring nationals finish results

Anyone have any other ideas? Must be simple and engaging enough for Years 11-13 to use. maybe even international datasets?

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Students have plenty of extra curriculum options…

The following list is illustrative of the range of activities students can get involved in at WEGC. This excludes sports… I am fairly sure there is a Chess club, interesting to see a D&D group. No gaming group – yet.

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Lockdown video – should I show it?

I wonder if I can/should show this to my NZ students?

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Hybrid jobs – worth a read


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Strike 2

Year 9 students will not be taught on Tuesday… part of ongoing strike action.

I wonder if Novapay as a computer system has the flexibility to partially deduct from a teachers salary for only those teachers that teach Year 9 on Tuesday… And also deduct for Year 9 Ako time (form classes) where the work is categorized as partial administration and partial teaching. And what if the Year 9 teacher is sick or on PD?

If Novapay does not have the flexibility, will it cost $10m to fix?

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