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latest Good Teacher articles
updated June 5, 2002

Riane Eisler's book (see SOAPBOX) made me think about schools and health - schools as healthy or unhealthy environments for learning, and the health of students and teachers.

With a similar emphasis in a recent ASCD conference, and with winter making itself felt, it seemed reasonable to make health a major focus in this issue of Good Teacher.

It didn't take long to discover some disquieting research findings, but Anna Lindroos, of the New Zealand Heart Foundation and Neil Burton, Kidsline Manager, put a positive perspective on what is being done to improve students' physical and mental health.

While humour is probably not high on the agenda of secondary teachers at the moment, in LAST WORD the inimitable John Hellner looks at humour as a classroom survival strategy.

Creativity is essential for both mental health and learning, and Bill Richmond describes the stunning response to last year's national competition.

Michalle Deegan, of ESITO, describes creative attempts to persuade students that today's 'earn as you learn' approaches are vastly different from the dead end apprenticeships of old.

On the ICT front, you'll find Louise Champion's article on Net safety is great value. There are also some Net safety sites listed in the Site Reviews.

Whether or not you are going to see Stephen Heppell when he visits NZ this July (see West Auckland Education Centre column) the Ultralab sites provides a wealth of interesting reading - check out the ULTRAheppell article.

Finally, a great new author video from Christchurch College of Education . . .