Induction and mentoring in ECE

Hear the stories of two provisionally certificated early childhood teachers ready to leave the profession and why they chose to stay (spoiler alert: caring, supportive and effective mentoring).

This episode is jam-packed with gems of advice and insight from mentor teachers in the ECE sector on how they effectively nurture and support the next generation of teachers.

A transcript of the episode is available.

The Tuakana Teina pilot programme matched experienced pou tautoko/mentor teachers with provisionally certificated teachers/pia with the aim of supporting them on their journey towards full certification. It was so successful, applications filled up quickly and are now closed.

He pukapāho Arareo Māori e pā ana ki te kaiako tōmua me tana pouako hāpai | Induction and mentoring through a Māori Medium lens

I tēnei wāhanga ipāho ka noho tahi tātou me Evelyn Tobin, he pouako, he tumuaki tautōhito, he kaiwhakarite hui whai tohu mō te akoranga, mō te whakapakaritanga me te whakangungu ngaio mō te kaiako, mō te tumuaki mō te poari kaitiaki i ngā horopaki arareo Māori. Ka kōrero mai ia ki a tātou mō te whakatikatika kaiako tīmata mō te mahi, mō te akoako mātanga, me āna mahi i roto i te kaupapa Tīmatanga Tuakana Teina, me te kaupapa Mentoring Pilot.

Kaiuiui: Nicola Chase

Manuhiri: Evelyn Tobin

Tuhinga (te reo Māori)

In this podcast episode we sit down with Evelyn Tobin, an experienced pouako and tumuaki and an accredited facilitator of professional learning, development, and training for teachers, principals, and boards of trustees in Māori medium settings. She shares with us insight into induction and mentoring and her experience with the Tuakana Teina Induction and Mentoring Pilot programme.

Interviewer: Nicola Chase

Guest: Evelyn Tobin

A transcript of the podcast is available.

Nurturing Pacific culture and engaging with whānau and the community

For this episode we visited Toru Fetū Kindergarten in Porirua, just outside of Wellington. Toru Fetū is the first purpose-built Pacific kindergrten and nurtures the languages and culturesof the Cook Islands, Niue and Tuvalu, work which last year won them a Prime Minister's Education Excellence Award. 

Find out how the teachers nurture strong language and cultural identity in their learners and have become the heart of the local community.

Host: Francesca Hilbron

Andy Cairns, senior teacher
Caroline Mareko, senior manager, community and participation
Ngaretta Strong, learning communities liaison eacher
Alana Nootai, assistant head teacher

A transcript of the podcast is available.

In this episode we mention Tapasā which is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners: it is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. We have heaps of resources on how to implement Tāpasa in your setting.

Professional boundaries

This episode examines professional boundaries: something teachers grapple with on a daily basis. Expert John Parsons speaks with host Francesca Hilbron about real-life examples and gives his tips on how boundaries can help teachers navigate complex relationships, protect themselves, preserve mental health and emotional energy and uphold standards and values.

A transcript of the podcast is available.

Mentioned in the podcast: NAG 5

What is the role of sport in education?

Do children and young people spend enough time participating in sport and physical activities during school time?
What are the benefits of using sport as a learning and engagement tool?
How do we get more teachers and learners involved in physical activity during the school day?
How does success on the sports field translate into success in the classroom?

Host: David Balham

Celia Fleck, PE Curriculum Facilitator with University of Auckland
Alissa Murdoch, teacher and sport lead at Avalon Intermediate in Wellington
Garry Carnachan, Executive Director of NZ Secondary Sports Council

A transcript of the podcast is available.

Mentioned in the podcast: Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning

A case study on culturally responsive teaching

Rotorua Girls' High School won a Prime Minister's Excellence in Education Award for their efforts to raise Māori achievement. Four years ago the school struggled to engage students, 78% of whom are Māori, but with new principal Ally Gibbons at the helm, the school has transformed itself completely. How did they do it? Listen to the podcast as Ally shares insights and practical advice on raising engagement and education outcomes for Māori learners.

A transcript of the podcast is available.

Modern Learning Environments (MLEs)

Modern Learning Environments, also known by a variety of other names such as Flexible or Innovative Learning Environments, are showing up in schools all over the country. The panel brings a wealth of knowledge and perspectives on MLEs and what they mean for the future of education in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Host: Francesca Hilbron

Mark Wilson, principal of Cashmere High School in Christchurch
Lesley Murrihy, principal of Amesbury School in Wellington
Bobbie Hunter, Professor of Pasifika Education Studies at Massey University
Mark Osborne, Director of Leading Learning Ltd

A transcript of the podcast is available.

Teacher wellbeing

This month, the podcast series Teaching Today focuses on teacher well-being and brings together Professor Meihana Durie and psychologist Jacqui Maguire with our host Francesca Hilbron to discuss and give advice on the importance of teachers taking care of themselves and each other, and keeping emotional intelligence in check.

A transcript of the podcast is available. 

Physical restraint 

In the inaugural episode of Teaching Today, we tackle the issue of physical restraint in an education setting. Are the guidelines helpful? Did the legislation get it right? How can whānau and teachers work together? A primary school principal, social worker, PPTA rep and early childhood educator share their views on these questions and much more.

Host: Francesca Hilbron

Heather Henare, CEO of Skylight Trust
Mark Potter, Principal of Berhampore School
Tom Haig, Deputy General Secretary of Policy at PPTA
Mandy Coupe, Kindergarten Taranaki

A transcript of the podcast is available.