Author: Steve Martin

SteveMartin_copySteve Martin (@mtscience) Auckland, New Zealand Steve Martin is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2010), New Zealand’s top teaching award. This was awarded in recognition of the work he does inspiring students to higher levels of achievement through the use of the SOLO taxonomy and ICT. He won the Most Inspiring Individual Award in the 2011 New Zealand Innovators Awards. Steve is the author of ‘Using SOLO as framework for teaching: A case study in maximizing achievement in science’. He is an Honorary Professional Teaching Fellow at Auckland University and has been teaching for 20 years. He holds a BSc(Hons) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management.

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Steve Martin: There Are No Rainbows Without Rain

by Steve Martin Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand Educators strive to have the greatest impact on their students so they can go on to lead successful lives. This is the purpose that motivates all involved in education, however as anybody knows this purpose can be obscured by the challenges that educators face in and out of the classroom. In the modern education system knowledge of digital technology has joined the knowledge of pedagogy and of content as an aspect of how educators prepare students for their futures. Educators continually seek to make improvements in their pedagogy and content and because they are trained and passionate about their subjects they are well equipped to assimilate new knowledge into their practice. In order for educators to begin to explore the use of digital technologies in their teaching they have to master skills that will allow them to pass from focussing on the mechanics of using the technology to how it will change their fundamental pedagogy. A change that can lead to enriched and enhanced opportunities for their …


Steve Martin: Draw Your Own Map

By Steve Martin-  MIE Expert, New Zealand Whose map are you a servant to?’- I heard this phrase quite recently and thought it encapsulated the strains teachers face when trying to be innovative in their teaching. It raised questions like: Who controls the path taken on the map? What should the most important features be on the map? How could the map be redrawn? Many teachers feel confined by state examinations and the content that needs to be taught for students to be prepared for them. It is easy to be consumed by this pressure and not too risk innovative practices that may be perceived by some to undermine a students progress towards this destination on the map. Fortunately being part of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator network has exposed me to a group of educators who, in their own way, are trying to redraw the ‘map’. One that not only recognizes the importance of mastering content but also the enduring skills that a student will need to be successful in life. These include global …