Derek Hopper

Classroom teacher
Speaking at

Keith Cave

Graphics teacher, Specalist Classroom Teacher

Chris Jenkins

Science, Social Studies, Health Teacher

Chris Townshend

Chemistry Teacher and Dean

Session

A classroom teacher perspective: evidence into practice

In New Zealand, educational thinking is dominated by several paradigms: the progressive student-engagement model, the knowledge-lite 21st Century skills movement and culturalism. The reading scores of our 15 year olds are declining, their maths and science achievement is in accelerated decline, and the underachievement gap for maori has not narrowed significantly despite intensive effort. The adoption of a scientific rather than ideological perspective in NZ education is long overdue. Hear the journey of four classroom teachers endeavouring to revolutionise their practice and the achievement of their students with evidence from cognitive science and quantitative educational research.

Bio

Derek Hopper

Derek is a music teacher. When not playing the trumpet he is reading educational research and trying to persuade his colleagues to become educated about education.

Keith Cave

Keith loves mountain biking, helping run our school Duke of Ed program and playing bari sax.

Chris Jenkins

Chris loves mountain biking and Duke of Ed and says “if we are not following scientific evidence in teaching we might as well be rubbing crystals on the kid’s foreheads.”

Chris Townshend

Chris loves to lead Duke of Ed trips, is a talented jazz and opera singer and is interested in teacher motivation.