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September 29, 2019

Term 3 Update 2019

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Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

September 26, 2019

CORE Blog: Make The Most Of uLearn19

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Make the most of uLearn19

By Anne Kenneally

With two weeks to go, it is timely to look at how to get the most out of your uLearn experience. Still looking for reasons to join us in Rotorua? uLearn is CORE Education’s annual professional learning conference. Across three days of professional learning opportunities, you will connect and collaborate with others who have the

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September 25, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter September 2019

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September 2019
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Nĭ hăo! Welcome to the September 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with stories, resources, and events to help you implement your local curriculum.

It’s Chinese Language Week so take a look at our events page for ideas to celebrate in your school. New Zealand Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture.

School snapshots

Arrowtown School – Lighting up minds through project based learning
Year 7 and 8 students from Arrowtown Primary School created illuminated ski suits for a competition run by the school in collaboration with NZ Ski.

This authentic, hands on project provided engaging and rich learning opportunities across a range of learning areas and enabled the
school to develop learning focused relationships with the wider community.

Amesbury School – Celebrating Diwali
This snapshot describes Amesbury School’s 2018 Diwali celebrations. During the five day festival, students took part in a range of learning experiences that deepened their understandings of Diwali and cultural diversity.

  • Our Diwali events page has ideas for how you can celebrate Diwali with your school community in term 4.
Revised technology learning area

How is your school going with integrating the revised technology learning area into your curriculum?

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, the National Digital Readiness Programme is designed to support teachers and kaiako to implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curricula content within the technology learning area and Hangarau Wāhanga Ako.
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Term 4 events

National events and the New Zealand Curriculum
We have updated our national events page with term 4 events. Take a look to see what’s on and find ways to get involved.

Rugby World Cup 2019
The Rugby World Cup 2019 is on! We have found a selection of resources to help you engage your students in this global event:

  • Rugby World Cup 2011
    This education programme was developed for the Rugby World Cup 2011 as a context for engaging students in learning activities relevant to their everyday lives. Many of the suggested activities can be re-used or adapted for this year’s World Cup.
  • Rugby World Cup Japan 2019
    The Asia NZ Foundation has curated a range of resources to help students learn about Japan. The resources could be used as a current events reading activity, or as an introduction to an
    inquiry on the Rugby World Cup or Japan.
  • National Library of New Zealand – Rugby World Cup 2019
    This resource set covers the history, rules, teams, and technology involved in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
  • NZ Maths – Rugby World Cup stats
    This Level 4 unit requires students to use statistics about the top ranked teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup to predict the winner of the World Cup, justifying their prediction using data.
Latest news

Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders
A discussion document that outlines the long-term vision, objectives, and actions resulting from the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga. The Ministry of Education is now consulting on the draft priorities that all education providers will share. Have your say on the draft Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP).

New Zealand history in the national curriculum
New Zealand’s histories are to be taught as part of the curriculum in all schools and kura by 2022. The curriculum changes will reset a national framework so all learners and ākonga are aware of key aspects of New Zealand’s histories and how these have influenced and shaped the nation.

Wellbeing in education
The Ministry of Education has launched a new ‘Wellbeing in education’ webpage. The new page puts many supports and resources together, in one place, to help support the wellbeing of children and young people.

Kauwhata Reo
Kauwhata Reo is a new central online hub for te reo Māori resources to support the growth of teaching and learning te reo Māori. The hub can be viewed in te reo Māori or English.

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September 23, 2019

Explore Your Way To Wellbeing

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Supporting staff in education | Te tautāwhi kaimahi i te ao mātauranga
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Kia ora Michael

This week marks Mental Health Awareness week, and the theme is “explore your way to wellbeing”.

One way to explore wellbeing is through leveraging strengths. Uncovering character strengths helps us and our colleagues flourish.

For more about character strengths and wellbeing, read this article by CORE facilitator and positive psychology practitioner Ara Simmons in School News.
Are you looking to explore the way to wellbeing in your learning community? TheEducators’ Wellbeing Toolkit makes a difference. A whole staff development programme, the Toolkit assists individuals to proactively manage their own wellbeing. It also provides strategies for professional communities to better understand and support each other.
Explore the Toolkit
Learning communities across Aotearoa are already having success with the Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit.
Jan, Oaklands School
Trudy, Tumuaki, Addington School.
Effective, flexible and easily implemented, the Wellbeing Toolkit addresses the overwhelming need for hauora in our educational communities.

Let the Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit make a difference to you.

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September 16, 2019

Copyright & Creative Commons 101 for eTeachers – Reminder

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