Saturday 23 May 2015

Volume 94 Number 8

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Modern learning environments allow pedagogical shifts

When Peter Verstappen accepted the principal role at Wakefield Primary he arrived with a conviction and vision of learning and teaching done differently. Peter explains it this way: “The school was primed to introduce modern learning environments (MLE) but I knew from experience that creating a modern learning space does not, by itself, create modern learning. “The real business of …read more


Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Language Immersion Awards

Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Language Immersion Awards

 Applications are now open for the 2015 round of Language Immersion Awards (LIA), administered by AFS New Zealand and funded by the Ministry of Education. If you’re a teacher of a language other than English, you know that learning the vocabulary isn’t enough: any language is about the people who use it to communicate. So grabbing the opportunity to immerse …read more


Outstanding young Māori receive Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships

Outstanding young Māori receive Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships

      The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship recipients, from left to right: Coralie Takuira Dargaville, Hine Kawana, Tahlia Kingi, Hon. Hekia Parata, Te Rerekohu Tūterangiwhiu, James Enright Last week Education Minister Hekia Parata presented five Māori students with a prestigious tertiary scholarship in honour of the 28th (Māori) Battalion. The students who were presented with …read more


Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

This month a common question to the Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory service has been around preparation for the introduction of mobile digital devices (like laptops and tablets) in schools. WHAT SHOULD SCHOOLS CONSIDER WHEN INTRODUCING MOBILE DIGITAL DEVICES? Queries around the use of digital devices range from the introduction of a small number of mobile devices in schools …read more


OTJ workshops in reading and writing 2015

OTJ workshops in reading and writing 2015

Following the success of the Overall Teacher Judgment (OTJ) workshop series in 2014, the Ministry of Education is providing another series of OTJ workshops during 2015. These workshops will again be facilitated through the Consortium of Professional Learning (www.cpl.org.nz), during terms two and three.  The workshops are free of charge, funded by the Ministry of Education, and are being held …read more


Confident, connected whānau

Confident, connected whānau

Poipoia te Mokopuna is a whānau-focused education programme that aims to nurture tamariki and their learning in the early years. Kerry Dougall manages the Māori section at an organisation called Naku Enei Tamariki in Wellington’s Seaview region. Kerry and the team at Naku Enei Tamariki work with whānau from a range of backgrounds, with a range of needs. There are …read more


Parents can place their trust in early childhood education

Parents can place their trust in early childhood education

There has been a lot of debate about how good New Zealand’s early childhood education is in the media recently. That’s a good thing. New Zealand parents are entitled to hear every side of the story when it comes to the care of their kids. But not everything that’s been said is accurate. So I wrote an opinion piece for …read more


100% effort at Aranui High

100% effort at Aranui High

Aranui High School recently celebrated a special achievement among their Pasifika students: a 100 per cent pass rate in NCEA Level 1 and Level 2. Principal John Rohs explains how the effort to create cultural connections has brought the Aranui community together, and is fostering results, of both the measurable and more abstract kind.             …read more

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