Ministry of Education, 2006
A new edition of the Provisionally Registered Teachers Resource Kit is now available. In keeping with changes in the regulation of teacher registration, the new edition includes updated information for early childhood through to secondary teachers, and encompasses kura kaupapa. The kit offers clear guidelines for schools and early childhood service centres to support beginning teachers. The handbook explores the mentoring of beginning teachers, and outlines ways for mentors and tutor teachers to talk effectively; observe and appraise; provide written and verbal feedback; provide an understanding of the school’s cultural context; assist with behaviour management issues; and set an appropriate professional development program for beginning teachers. (Adapted from review in The New Zealand Education Gazette Vol 85 No3, 6 March 2005.)
Beginning Reading: a Balanced Approach to Literacy Instruction through the First Three Years at School
Allen & Unwin, August 2005
This book details a systematic reading program, based on findings from recent research. The program covers the first three years of school and has been shown to reduce literacy difficulties amongst at-risk students. The book outlines ways in which children can be guided through the key stages of early reading acquisition, with ideas for lesson planning. The author highlights the importance of phonological as well as semantic and syntactic processes. The first section of the book covers the key differences between learning to speak and learning to read and write. The second section focuses on deciphering print into sounds, interpreting meaning from words, and includes interactive text reading and graded oral phonological awareness activities. The third section outlines a formal early literacy instruction program for the first year, with details on issues such as classroom organisation. (Adapted from review by Lesley Bretherton in Professional Educator August 2005. See also publisher's description).
Key Learning AreasEnglish
English language teaching
This US-based book provides advice for school leaders on how to create effective personal relationships with staff, students and parents, while maintaining productivity and accountability. It also suggests ways to promote positive relationships throughout the school. Individual chapters cover the importance of leading and managing relationships; the 'five kinds of power' and how to wield them effectively; ineffective aspects of traditional organisational hierarchies; helping struggling teachers; achieving true collegiality rather than just teamwork; and the essential elements of highly productive meetings. In each chapter the author shares successful strategies and examples from his own experience. (Adapted from publisher's description.)
This book is both an update of and extension of The Information Literate School Community: Best Practice. In this edition, researchers and practitioners critically analyse current issues of leadership in the information literate school community. The book is intended to guide students, practitioners, school leaders, teacher librarians and researchers. Topics covered include the concept of an information literate school community; the development of new literacies; research on information literacy; the implementation of an information literacy program; the importance of reading development; leadership in information literate schools; policy formulation; curriculum integration; generating change: New Zealand and North American examples; preparing preservice teachers; ICT and student learning; the role of the teacher librarian; and professional development. (Adapted from publisher's description).
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
The Australian National Schools Network (ANSN) links educational groups, including several State Departments of Education, schools and education professionals. The ANSN website describes the group's aims and initiatives toward improving teaching and learning in Australian schools by helping schools through change. The 'projects' area of the website outlines the strategies behind and research within current projects, which include exhibition programs and roundtable assessment, developing successful habits for life and learning, digital portfolios, small group learning and a number of initiatives underway in New South Wales schools. The 'resources' page of the website offers downloadable (some require member access) reports, articles and kits, many of which relate to digital portfolios. 'Professional development' lists available teacher workshops, which have been designed to reflect the current needs and interests of students. (Adapted from review in SCAN Vol25 No1, February 2006).
Subject HeadingsProfessional development
Pearson Education, September 2005
Contributors outline current research findings and practical strategies to help Australian schools address bullying. Section one focuses on international and national research, and legal issues related to bullying. Section two outlines preventative strategies, emphasising whole-school and peer support programs. Section three presents an outline of management solutions for bullying, including resilience based approaches, the 'no-blame' approach, sanctions and punishment, restorative responses and working effectively with parents and families. Section four offers practical resources to support bullying prevention programs, including an anti-bullying template for schools, a definitions and examples template, assessment tools, implementation processes and useful resources. (Adapted from review by Steve Holden in Teacher, March 2006. See also publisher's description).