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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Find out more at Teaching Month

What is cultural competence? Does it apply to your work?! 

Do you understand how to apply it to your teaching?

Are you familiar with the Te Rautaki Whakawhanake Kaupapa Māori: Strategy for Māori Development? And how does this inform your practice? 

Take this opportunity to upskill and help to embed cultural competence at UC at this Teaching Month workshop. 

The purpose of this programme is to provide an opportunity for academic staff to further grow, develop, and thus contribute to “Te Rautaki Whakawhanake Kaupapa Māori: Strategy for Māori Development” (the Mission of which states that UC will be a vibrant contributor to indigenous knowledge economies).

More information and how to enrol here> 


Teaching Month is coming

Want to hear some new ideas about teaching at UC? Have a quick look at what’s coming up this year in UC’s Teaching Month in July.

Come for a coffee, stay to hear:

– the Vice-Chancellor’s thoughts on the future of teaching at UC;

– how teaching can help you get promoted;

– how you can contribute to teaching leadership at UC;

– opportunities for funding your teaching ideas;

– technology-enabled learning possibilities

and much more.

School of Biological Sciences – five-minute secrets to success

From time-to-time during Dr Pieter Pelser’s first year lectures the lesson pauses for five minutes while he turns to discuss a topic relating to secrets of success.

He has developed a PowerPoint toolkit of 24 topics, which include a sense of belonging at UC, course planning, how unconscious bias may negatively affect others, and how acts of kindness and positivity contribute to success. Instructions and questions for any other teaching staff at UC who wish to use or adapt the kit are included. Find it here>

“At UC we have asked, what do we want our graduates to be like? Just academic skills or additional skills that make them successful in life?

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The five-minute time slot provides an interactive and often fun way to connect with a wellbeing topic that is not at the expense of academic work, says Dr Pelser.
Pieter Pelser 5 minute secrets to success

Students enjoy talking about the topics, which also act as an icebreaker, in turn increasing participation in discussion on academic topics.

“Students should see it as an expectation that they learn more than the academic content – it’s about setting them up for life where they look after themselves and their communities,” he says.

Record interest in soon-to- graduate secondary teachers

The College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rangai Ako me te Hauora welcomed a record number of principals to the Secondary Principals Day on Friday.

The event is run every year to connect soon-to-graduate secondary teachers with principals explicitly to aid the employment of graduates.

Attendance by 80 principals is likely to be symptomatic of the quickly growing need for qualified teachers, especially in the STEM subject areas.

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Creator receives Rutherford Trophy

The New Zealand Institute of Physics (NZIP) awarded the Rutherford Trophy to retired UC physicist Dr John Campbell at its biennial conference in July.

The Rutherford Trophy was established by Dr Campbell in 1973 to stimulate the development and improvement of simple lecture and laboratory demonstrations of physical principals. It has been awarded only 14 times.

In awarding the Trophy to Dr Campbell, the NZIP recognised his significant contribution to promoting physics demonstrations in classrooms at both the secondary and tertiary levels and as a way to improve the engagement of the public in science.

Of significant note are the fire walks Dr Campbell has organised over many years and the engaging talks on the science of fire walking that he has presented. His Physics Demonstration dvd, which was first made available to all physics teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2006, includes a wide array of clever, but simple physics demonstrations. The dvd allows teachers scope to develop the demonstrations in their own laboratories, but also serves as a standalone demonstration tool for those situations where the setup of the demonstration is too difficult in the local environment.

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Dr Campbell is the author of Rutherford Scientist Supreme, Rutherford’s Ancestors, producer of the documentary Rutherford and initiator and organiser of the ‘Ask-A-Scientist’ programme. He also manages the website www.rutherford.org.nz.

In accepting the Trophy, Dr Campbell reiterated his lifelong philosophy:

“The most important people to physics are the school teachers, especially secondary, who day-in, year-out, appear before their classes, not so much to teach physics, but to communicate a love of physics. I urge my academic colleagues to strongly support this valuable resource.”

Dr Campbell was unable to attend the NZIP conference as he was in England at the time, so he was presented with the Trophy by Professor David Wiltshire, the incoming President of the NZIP, at a special morning tea last Friday, prior to Dr Campbell giving the Physics Department seminar on ‘Rocketman – The story of William H. Pickering.’