Monthly Archives: June 2013

Te Kete Ahumara – the Knowledge Basket of Growing Food

I just found this website mentioned the other day: http://www.teketeahumara.co.nz/ The pamphlet Plant & Food put out states: “Te Kete Ahumāra is a new website created to provide a comprehensive information directory for both established and new Māori businesses involved in food … Continue reading

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“Over confidence”

A really great student teacher from a previous placement visited our centre with her godson yesterday. She referred to him as ‘over-confident‘ and it occurred to me that I really, strongly disagree with this term. Calling a child ‘over-confident’ implies that … Continue reading

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“We need alternative stories about what makes a life good.”

“I think we need to find ways of not being so impressed by wealth and success. Until we find persuasive accounts of this, everybody is going to feel they must organize their lives around these things, whether enviously, or self-righteously, … Continue reading

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Hairy Maclary’s 30th anniversary

When: Throughout July Where: Multiple locations Cost: Free Happy birthday to our favourite dog from Donaldson’s Dairy! Join Auckland Libraries in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of Lynley Dodd’s iconic story Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. Libraries all … Continue reading

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Phytic Acid

http://www.nourishingdays.com/2010/09/what-is-phytic-acid/ Just making sourdough again (I want to do it regularly at work but need to find good recipes). Anyway, I was just thinking about the health benefits and wondering to myself what phytic acid is exactly – so I … Continue reading

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Why do you sit me up?

Great blog post!!! (on the problems with propping babies to ‘sit them up’) http://moverseenlibertad.cl/?p=636

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A travesty of publishing justice!

I just found that one of my favourite book series seems to be out of print in English – though they are still available in Maori! (I snapped those up before I miss out!). It’s a travesty! I think Feana … Continue reading

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Scientific literacy and the news in education

Billy McClune & Ruth Jarman write: “News is a significant media form and one through which, with increasing frequency, interesting and important science-related matters are brought to public attention. As a recent report by the Science and Media Expert Group (SMEG) (2010) observes ‘some … Continue reading

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Science writing – for the news vs for the academe

“Science writing in a news context is intrinsically different from science writing in an academic context. As Peters et al. (2008) stress, ‘From a social constructivist point of view, science and journalism construct knowledge about the world according to different principles’ (p. 269). … Continue reading

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Numeracy and Literacy concepts

In their book, Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice (2007), (designed to help educators improve their abilities to develop young children’s numeracy and literacy), Fleer and Raban make some of the following comments about numeracy and literacy (with regards to … Continue reading

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