This showed up in my inbox early Saturday afternoon (which was already 01 September in both New Zealand and North America)…
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NZC Online Update – August 2012
Each month we bring you an email update with information, links, strategies, and schools stories on
New Zealand Curriculum Online, Key Competencies Online, and the Secondary Portal.
Effective communication for learners with special education needs
Juanita Corbett from Arohanui Special School discusses communication as a vital tool that we use with our students every day. She challenges us to take a step back and think about how we communicate with our students and how we support our students with special education needs to communicate with us.Vertical curriculum planning
Sarah Hynds explains how her whole school plans together across the levels of the curriculum to increase the level of collegiality. They also wanted to ensure that the transitions between the levels of the curriculum were smooth and that teachers understood what came before and after an individual student’s curriculum level.
NZC Update – supporting learners in years 7–10
This Update is designed to help schools ensure positive transitions, with continuity and clear direction, for learners in years 7–10.The Encyclopedia of NZ – Story: Historic earthquakes
It’s two years since the magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred near Christchurch at 4:35am on Saturday 4th September 2010. Te Ara provides resources on this and other historic earthquakes.QuakeStories
The earthquakes that struck Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 are among the most significant events in New Zealand history. QuakeStories is a place where people can share stories and images of the quakes, and tell how they have been affected.
Noam Chomsky – The purpose of education (Youtube)
Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment.
Evaluation at a glance: Priority learners in New Zealand Schools (August 2012)
This report is a synthesis of material from 15 national evaluations and reports of good practice published in the last four years that, taken together, reveal three key issues facing New Zealand’s education system.Building a science curriculum with an effective nature of science component (published 2012)
This paper examines the “nature of science” (NOS) as a driver of change. It outlines the sort of changes that the NOS focus was expected to deliver, why they were seen as a good idea and the challenges encountered in other countries. It then comes back to the NZ experience, tracing the development of the science learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum and asks what needs to happen next in science curriculum development.Science in the New Zealand Curriculum e-in-science (published 2012)
This is a milestone report for the MInistry of Education on the e-Learning in science project. It explores the possibilities that exist for e-in-science to enhance student engagement and learning in science. It draws on data from a survey of 343 New Zealand teachers.
Science community engagement with schools (published 2012)
This report explores the wide range of programmes, initiatives, and partnerships designed to link schools and the science community. Specific examples are discussed and there are sections on initiatives targeting Māori and Pasifika students, and international initiatives. The final section looks at the purpose of science community-school collaborations and asks how they can be sustained and where to next.
Teachers and students learn from “culture star” resources
Albany Primary School deputy principal, Sue Buckley, discusses how an Asia Aware Grant was used to improve the school’s knowledge and understanding of Asia.
Putting students first in English at John McGlashan College
Iain McGilchrist is the head of English at John McGlashan College in Dunedin. He discusses how they use student voice to help plan the content of what they are going to teach. Iain also discusses how student voice guides assessment opportunities.English senior secondary curriculum guide
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