MOE Accredited Facilitator - Summary of Practice
Derek is based in Christchurch and works in schools across the South Island.
- Knowledge of the Mathematics and Statistics learning area of the NZ Curriculum and knowledge of NCEA
- Establishing and facilitating professional learning clusters
- Leadership of departments/faculties/learning areas
- External departmental reviews
- Assessment with a focus on improved student learning
- Developing Mathematics & Statistics programmes that challenge and engage students
- Developing strategies for digital learning in mathematics and statistics
- Workshops and online support for teachers
Prior to joining UC Education Plus, Derek was Head of a Mathematics Learning Area in a Christchurch secondary school. He has taught mathematics and statistics in a range of schools, mostly in New Zealand, but also in Australia. Derek has experience in timetabling and as Principal’s nominee.
Derek is passionate about Mathematics and Statistics education – always looking for new and innovative ways of engaging students. He is particularly enthusiastic about using digital technology to support learning.
Derek holds a Master of Education Studies with Honours specialising in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Education, and a Diploma of Teaching.
Derek enjoys Sudoku and the challenges of games such as chess. He enjoys the rewards and therapy of gardening. Otherwise he is combining his interests in the outdoors with photography.
“Being in this PLD encouraged me to reflect on the basic skills all good teachers should have. These amount to taking an active interest in the students, encourage them to take responsibility for their work and to understand that results are tied to effort. Also I structured the learning to the level of the students which again is fundamental to good teaching.” - HOD Mathematics
“The biggest learning from this inquiry has been for me. I have learnt about the importance of self-belief and the impact that my interactions can have on students belief in their ability to learn Mathematics.” - Secondary Teacher