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April 3, 2017

NZC Online Newsletter

One for for my Kiwi readers as they begin their school week.

31 March 2017
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Kia ora and welcome to the March newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?

NZC spotlights

NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Our first NZC spotlight takes a closer look at the NZC principles, helping you decide which principles require greater consideration at your school.

School story – Peer coaching at Flanshaw Road School

Teachers at Flanshaw Road School use peer coaching to help them inquire into the impact of their teaching. School principal Dr Cherie Taylor-Patel explains how peer coaching was developed and reveals the highlights and challenges. Cherie offers advice to other schools wanting to use peer coaching to support their teachers’ inquiries.

Money matters
The new Nigel Latta Mind over Money has sparked a national conversation about money.

Financial capability on NZC Online

NZC Online offers a support package to help you talk money with your students so that they can develop greater financial capability.

New teaching community – Commission for Financial Capability

Need some support with integrating financial education in the classroom? Use the new Commission for Financial Capability teaching community to ask questions of fellow teachers and our online facilitator. You can also find resources, news stories, and other useful resources to get your students ahead.

Debt Empire

Getting into debt has never been easier, getting out of debt remains just as hard. Equip your students with the skills and knowledge to get ahead in the real world through playing a fun game that’s already a hit. Debt Empire is an engaging and competitive free app that links with the curriculum in more ways than one.

For the calendar

This May we celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week and Sāmoa Language Week. Check out our resource pages to support your planning for term 2.

New Zealand Sign Language Week, from 8 May 2017

New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on the inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. Students can make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and text and relating to others.

Sāmoa Language Week, from 28 May 2017

Sāmoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and different beliefs and cultural practices. Everyone who learns gagana Sāmoa helps to preserve it as a living and rich language.

New on Enabling eLearning
Makerspaces

Makerspaces are collaborative workshops where students gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. Take a look through the new Makerspaces page on Enabling e-Learning with information, school stories, examples, and resources that support teachers to utilise this innovative approach to learning.

Coming soon

MASAM spotlight

Our next spotlight helps you explores how Māori achieving success as Māori can be brought to life at your school. Follow us on Facebook or through our Twitter feed @nzcurriculum to receive notification of its release.

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We would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

Email us at: nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

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