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November 30, 2012

NZC Online Newsletter November 2012

Another item for my Kiwi colleagues from Thursday’s inbox…

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NZC Online update.

NZC Online Update – November 2012

Each month we bring you an email update with information, links, strategies, and school stories on
New Zealand Curriculum Online, Key Competencies Online, Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides, and the Secondary Portal.Christmas. This is our last newsletter for 2012. The NZC Online team would like to wish you all a very Meri Kirihimete and a well deserved, restful, and happy new year break.

New stories

Students in traditional dress.

Engaging Pasifika families – Owairaka School builds a fale
The staff at Owairaka School have explored ways to build deep connections and partnerships with the many cultural groups and families at their school. This story tells how the community worked together to bring elements of Samoan culture to the school in the construction of a traditional fale.

Kathryn Hutchison.

Creating a positive learning culture
Kathryn Hutchison from Wellington East Girls’ College discusses how she creates a positive learning culture. She explains how exemplars, modeling, collaboration, and learning conversations are integral to helping students learn how to learn.

System of support

System of support diagram. System of support: PLD inventories

The system of support section has information about the everyday resources and tools available to learners, teachers, leaders, and schools. Eleven new professional learning and development inventories were added to the school-initiated PLD section. These inventories include information for centrally funded PLD for years 1-8, years 1-13 and years 9-13.

Learning to learn

BES Exemplar 5: Learning logs – He kete wherawhera (PDF 1.6MB)
Using learning logs with senior secondary students, and how this strengthens student–teacher communications and accelerates learning.Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI)
Ruth Deakin Crick introduces ELLI, a framework for assessing the seven dimensions of student learning: changing and learning, meaning making, critical curiosity, creativity, learning relationships, strategic awareness, and resilience.

Creating learning spaces
Anne Kenneally has spent this year experimenting with student designed learning spaces, allowing the students to take the lead in deciding what spaces they need for different activities.

New resources

The Pasifika Education Plan
The Pasifika Education Plan – 2013 – 2017 (PEP) is aimed at raising Pasifika learners’ participation, engagement and achievement from early learning through to tertiary education.Tula‘i Mai! Making a difference to Pasifika student achievement in literacy
NZC Update 27 shares messages from research about classroom practices that make a difference to Pasifika student achievement in literacy.

Building conceptual understandings in the social sciences: Taking part in economic communities
Coming soon to Social Science Online – this text is about providing ways to develop students’ financial literacy in the context of a social sciences learning programme. The activities emphasise the values and perspectives that influence financial and economic decision-making.

Secondary middle leaders

Kristan Mowat.

Choosing your own path through NCEA
Kristan Mowat, Head of Media Studies at Logan Park High School, describes how her school empowers students to set goals and make choices. Students are supported to make choices about their learning pathways through flexibility with NCEA internals and externals, and the standards that match their interest and needs.

National Standards

Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT)
A progress and consistency tool is being developed to support teachers’ professional judgments in relation to the National Standards, and to improve the measurement of learner progress over time.

Community engagement

Funds of knowledge
Funds of knowledge describes the rich resource that students bring to our classrooms from their household and family experiences. This blog post provides some background links to explore this idea further.

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