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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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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