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March 20, 2019

NZC Online newsletter March 2019 – UPDATE

An item from my Kiwi readers.

March 2019 – UPDATE
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In the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch, the Ministry of Education is providing support to schools, kura, and early learning services. This is a really tough time for New Zealanders and it is critical our children and young people get the support and care they need as they return to schools and other learning institutions. We also need to look after our teachers and staff.

The Ministry is very focused on Christchurch but we know children and young people around the country have been impacted by Friday’s events and we are ensuring everyone is provided with the support they need.

Support in the wake of Christchurch
Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people
Tips for parents and educators on supporting conversations with children and young people have been circulated to all New Zealand schools and early learning services.

Ministry resources that focus on resilience and diversity:

Resilience and mental health resources provided by other organisations:

  • My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme
    This aims to help students in years 7–11 become confident, lifelong learners. It has been shown to help build students’ resilience – their ability to overcome anxiety and cope with difficult and challenging situations.
  • Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing
    This NZCER resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills.
  • Common Ground
    Common Ground helps adults to support young people in years 1–13 to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives. It includes tips on how to get help, initiate difficult conversations with young people, and identify a young person in need of help.

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

March 18, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter March 2019

One for my Kiwi readers.

March 2019
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Welcome to the March 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources to help you implement your school curriculum.
Wellbeing

As we begin another week we recognise the importance of our children and young people getting the support and care they need as they return to school after the terrible events in Christchurch on Friday.

We would like to acknowledge all of the Christchurch principals, teachers, and early learning leaders and staff who kept children safe on Friday.

These resources may help you to support your students and staff as they work through this difficult time.

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.

Wellbeing@School
The Wellbeing@School website is designed to support schools to engage with the whole school community in a process of self-review. The W@S self review tools explore how different layers of school life contribute to creating a safe and caring climate that deters bullying.

Local curriculum guide and workshops
Local Curriculum: Designing rich opportunities and coherent pathways for all learners
In order to support the progress of all students, the Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to support you as you strengthen your local curriculum.

Strengthening Local Curriculum Design workshops
Free workshops are being held around the country to support schools to develop their curriculum.
Register for a workshop.

What’s new on NZC Online?

Menzies College – Localised learning at Mimihau Stream
Our latest snapshot describes a hands-on, localised project at Menzies College that has provided rich learning opportunities and greater student engagement and achievement.

Learning through play – What’s it all about?
Our latest blog explores learning through play and shares how some schools are shaping their local curriculum with an emphasis on play.

Take another look

Principles packages
NZC Online offers support packages for all eight curriculum principles. Each package includes research, tools, stories, and resources to help school leaders and teachers embed The New Zealand Curriculum principles into their local curriculum.

High expectations                Learning to learn
Treaty of Waitangi                Community engagement
Cultural diversity                  Coherence
Inclusion                              Future focus

New resources
Tuia Mātauranga curiosity cards
This year, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and non-Māori with a national commemoration called “Tuia — Encounters 250” (Tuia 250). The National Library has partnered with the Ministry of Education, with valuable input from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, to produce a set of Tuia Mātauranga curiosity cards.

Latest Connected link to revised technology learning areas
Looking for reading material to engage your learners with the revised digital technologies content in the technology learning area? The latest issues of Connected focus on computational thinking for digital technologies and designing and developing digital outcomes.
Connected 2018 Level 2 – Step By Step
Connected 2018 Level 3 – Cracking the Code
Connected 2018 Level 4 – Digital Space

Mark your calendars
National events and the NZC 
Our events pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved. Upcoming events include Earth Day (22 April 2019) and Anzac Day (25 April 2019).

If you’d like to share how you are celebrating these special days in your school, send us an email at nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz or jump onto our NZC Online facebook page and leave us a comment under the appropriate post.

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

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

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