Author Archives: edwin bruce

Teachers are on holiday – Yeah Right…

It is the holidays or as teachers say two weeks of non-contact time. My to-do list for the holidays so far… Digital Signage – 9 TV screens and some complex software, little support so some of us will self teach … Continue reading

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Where are the Maori and Pacific Island students?

Both in the Digital Technology classroom and at a range of outside events the lack of Maori and Pacific Island students is noticeable. They do not take Digital Technologies as an elective in Years 9 and 10, this translates into … Continue reading

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Wasting $241.68 of taxpayer funds per hour in the classroom.

I have done some relieving a couple times in the last few days. The normal teacher had efficiently set some work via Google Classroom using YouTube videos, Google docs etc. Fantastic and so modern… However, being both curious and suspicious … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Should staff and students share toilets?

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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