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February 10, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter February 2019

A final item for my Kiwi readers to close out my Sunday.

February 2019
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Kia ora and welcome to a new school year and the February newsletter for NZC Online.  In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?
Leading Local Curriculum Guide series

The Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to deliberately steer your curriculum and assessment review and design decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum. It will support you to use tools to assess progress that is informative, and strengthen the partnerships you have with parents and whānau.

Local curriculum
Local curriculum

Designing rich opportunities and coherent pathways for all learners

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Local curriculum (PDF, 826 KB)



Assessment for learning

Using the right tools and resources to notice and respond to progress across the curriculum

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Assessment for learning (PDF, 681 KB)



Information sharing and building learning partnerships

Having conversations with young people and their families and whānau about their learning and progress

Leading Local Curriculum Guide – Information sharing and building partnerships (PDF, 815 KB)


NZC Spotlights

NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Check out our two most recent spotlights:

Student wellbeing
This spotlight focuses on student wellbeing, supporting you to explore and implement effective wellbeing practices for your students. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you grow a culture of wellbeing at your school.

Transitions
Late last year we published our transitions spotlight. If you have students who are struggling to settle into their new class or school you might like to take a look and see what other schools do to support smooth transitions for their learners.


Fresh from our blog

Kapa Haka – A catalyst for change
Whare Isaac Sharland, CORE Education facilitator, explains how Kapa Haka can help students develop a positive cultural identity resulting in increased confidence, engagement, and achievement.

Data, story, and mātauranga Māori
Heemi McDonald, Deputy Principal of Rototuna Senior High School in Hamilton, shares his research into data collection through a Matauranga Māori lens using storytelling.


Mark your calendars 

National Events and the NZC 
We have updated our National Events page, so you can plan ahead for 2019. Our pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved.

This term we have 4 special weeks to recognise and learn more about.

Chinese New Year from 5 February 2019
Waitangi Day – how will you commemorate? 6 February 2019
Earth Day 22 April 2019
Anzac Day 25 April 2019

Put these dates in your diaries now and if you’d like to share how you are celebrating them in your school send us an email at nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz or jump onto our NZC Online facebook pageand leave a comment under the appropriate post.

Other news

A reminder you can still sign up for VLN Primary School – Online Programmes

There are a wide range of online language programmes, as well as extension maths, literacy, digital technology, astronomy, visual arts, web design, life skills, health and the Over the Back Fence Project.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe 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

December 12, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter December 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

December 2018
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Kia ora and welcome to the December newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?

Transitions spotlight
Our latest spotlight focuses on transitions, an important component of the coherence principle. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you ensure positive transitions for your students and their families.

“The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.”

The New Zealand Curriculum, p. 9


Amesbury School – Celebrating Diwali
Staff and students at Amesbury School recently celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

In this snapshot, teacher Sonali Singh and Associate Principal Angela Johnston describe the activities from the week and explain why they brought Diwali to life at Amesbury School.


National events and the NZC
We have updated our National events page, so you can plan ahead for 2019. Our pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved.

How do you celebrate national events in your school?
Share your stories with us by emailing nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

               

Curriculum support

Local curriculum package of support for 2019

The Ministry of Education has heard that schools and kura want to focus on local curriculum – both design and review. In recognition that a range of leadership, teacher, and kaiako capability already exists on local curriculum practice, the Ministry is responding to this feedback by providing a package of support on local curriculum, which will be will be available online from 22 January from NZC Online and sent directly to schools in the week beginning 28 January. Workshops with teacher-release time, guidance, and tools will also be provided.


Resources on the DT I HM curriculum change

This Ministry of Education web page has a range of factsheets, posters, reports, and resources on how to teach the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Other news

VLN Primary School – Online programmes

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2019.

There are a wide range of online language programmes, as well as extension maths, literacy, digital technology, astronomy, visual arts, web design, life skills, health and the Over the Back Fence Project. All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary – Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

Find out more and register your interest online or contact primary@vln.school.nz with queries.

Holiday reading

We wish you all a restful and relaxing summer break. If you find yourselves looking for some summer professional reading, check out our most popular blogs and school stories for 2018.

School Stories

Blogs

Your feedback helps

NZC OnlineWe 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

November 19, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter November 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

November 2018
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Kia ora and welcome to the November newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?

Innovative learning environments and student agency
Rob Posthumus, principal of Hurupaki School, shares the findings of her recent sabbatical where she investigated systems of innovative learning environments (ILE) that maximise student agency and self regulation. Rob describes four pedagogical approaches that help to support student agency.

They are:

  • Collaboration
  • Use of learning matrices
  • Student initiated learning
  • Horizontal connectedness

You might also like …

Spotlight on learner agency
Use our NZC spotlight to explore learner agency and find strategies to help you build greater agency in your own classrooms.

Learner agency blog
This blog post unpacks learner agency and offers ideas on how we can support students to be active participants in their learning.

Planning an innovative learning environment
This guide provides strategies and suggestions for developing innovative learning environments (ILE) that work for all learners.


Tapasā – Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners
In this blog we take a closer look at the newly released resource Tapasā – Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners. We explain the purpose of Tapasā, highlight key sections, and offer suggestions on how to use it.

You might also like …

Supporting Pasifika students
This guide from Inclusive Education focuses on inclusive teaching and learning strategies that can be used in the classroom to create a more effective learning environment for all Pasifika learners.

Pasifika Education Community
This TKI website features resources, research, and stories to help you learn more about effective teaching strategies for Pasifika learners and how to better engage with Pasifika parents and families.


Grouping students in mathematics… more than just mixed ability
Sue Pine, Accredited Facilitator, shares information, resources, and advice about mixed ability grouping in mathematics.

Also on our website … 

Raising the bar with flexible grouping
In this 2017 blog, Professor Christine Rubie-Davies challenges the practice of grouping students by ability, arguing that it constrains learning. Instead Christine recommends that teachers use flexible forms of grouping to ensure that all students are challenged and engaged.

Curriculum support

Resources on the curriculum change
This Ministry of Education web page has a range of factsheets, posters, reports, and resources on how to teach the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Coming soon!

As the year draws to a close, students across the country are bidding farewell to their classmates, teachers, and in some cases, their schools. End of year trips, fiafia days, leavers’ dinners, final assemblies, and award ceremonies feature on many school calendars this month as schools celebrate students’ journeys through education.

Our next spotlight focuses on transitions, an important component of the coherence principle. It will provide questions, resources, tools, practical advice, and stories to help you ensure positive transitions for your students and their families.

Subscribe our facebook page to see it first!

What’s on?

We will be updating the National Events pages for 2019 over the summer break. Let us know if you have events planned in your school that we could share on NZC Online.

Engaging in these special weeks provides opportunities to learn about and nurture other languages and cultures, and allows students, whānau, and the wider community to celebrate the cultural diversity of New Zealand.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe 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

October 18, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter October 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

October 2018
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Fakaalofa lahi atu and welcome to the October newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?
Key Competencies spotlight
This spotlight explores the key competencies, supporting you to help students develop capabilities for living and lifelong learning. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Tomarata School – Developing our leavers’ profile
Lynne Duffin, principal of Tomarata School, describes how her school community has created a leavers’ profile by exploring and defining what a future oriented learner looks like. It includes advice and discussion questions for other schools wanting to develop their own leavers’ profile.

WAPA 2020 cluster – STEAM in the junior school
Lead teachers from the WAPA 2020 cluster in Auckland share their journeys in supporting collaborative and innovative STEAM inquiries in their own schools and across their cluster.

Lifelong learners at Havelock North High
Greg Fenton, principal of Havelock North High School, shares some of the highlights from his recent sabbatical where he explored how to further engage students in lifelong learning.

What’s on?
The National events page for term 4 has been updated. This term we have:
Niue Language Week 14–20 October 2018
Gagana Tokelau Language Week from 21 October 2018
Diwali from 7 November 2018

These special weeks provide the opportunity to learn about and nurture the languages and cultures of Niue, Tokelau and India, and allow students, whānau, and the wider community to celebrate the cultural diversity of New Zealand.

Curriculum support
Reading recovery form updated
There is an updated Reading Recovery Application file online.

Technology Online webinar: Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko
Wednesday, 24 October, 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm
Come along and hear the team from the Karrikins Group talk about how the Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme is engaging years 3–8 students in an innovative approach to digital technologies.

For more information about the Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko project, see Digital technologies professional supports – Digital Technology for All Equity Fund.

Tapasā: Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners
Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident, and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families, and communities. It provides a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

New NetSafe Kit launched
The Netsafe Kit has been launched. It offers educators a self-serve model of tools and resources. The kit is designed to help school leaders and educators support their young people, staff, and community to develop capabilities, skills, and values for managing online challenges, risks, and opportunities.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe 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

September 4, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter September 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

September 2018
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Mālō e lelei and welcome to the September newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?
Tongan language, culture, and identity
Ma’ata Fusitu’a is a teacher of the Tongan language at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in South Auckland. In this blog Ma’ata explains some important aspects of Tongan family life and culture and offers some suggestions on how we can support Tongan language and culture in our schools and classrooms.

Hororata Primary – Discovery learning
Hororata Primary School is a small contributing school in rural Canterbury. For the past five years the school has had a strong strategic focus on building their learning culture. In this snapshot, Marty Gameson, principal of Hororata Primary, shares how discovery learning aligns with their school vision and explores how it can be applied to improve learning outcomes.

Rangikura School – Pasifika parent group leads learning
Rangikura School is a full primary in Ascot Park, Porirua. During Sāmoan Language Week the staff, students, parents, and wider community came together to enjoy an array of activities and celebrations which were organised by the school’s Rangikura Matua Pasifika Parent group. Assistant principal, Amanda Williams, explains the work of Rangikura Matua Pasifika in leading learning at their school.

What’s on?
There are lots of special weeks coming up. Each week has a supporting page explaining how these national events link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide ideas, resources, and tools to help you get involved.

Tongan Language Week 2–8 September 2018
Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic Lea Faka-Tonga, and gives your students of Tongan origin the chance to be experts in the classroom.

Money Week 3–9 September 2018
Money Week provides the opportunity to integrate numeracy with other learning areas, such as literacy, social sciences, learning languages, and the arts. It also offers the chance to engage parents, whānau, and local businesses with learning experiences and conversations.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori /Māori Language Week 10–16 September 2018
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a dynamic and rich language.

Curriculum support

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko I Digital readiness programme
The Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme is designed to help teachers, kaiako, and education leaders to introduce the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Assessment Online – A practical guide to assessment and reporting
Assessment Online offers a new guide to assist schools with assessment and reporting in the post National Standards era.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe 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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