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This blog contains many ideas and resources for talking about the curriculum in your school. Click on the find more link to see the full blog posts.

Karl Vasau.

Our Niuean cultural experience

26/09/17

Karl Vasau, principal of Rowandale School in South Auckland, recently took some of his teachers to Niue to learn more about the language and culture. In this blog, Karl reflects on this cultural exchange and shares some activities that his school uses to promote the language and culture of Niue.

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Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

Raising the bar with flexible grouping

12/09/17

Professor Christine Rubie-Davies, a leading researcher in the field of teacher expectations, is based at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. In this blog Christine 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.  

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effective pedagogy
high expectations
Hone Tobin.

Growing te reo Māori at Henderson Intermediate

29/08/17

Hone Tobin leads the Māori bilingual and full immersion unit (Te Whānau Moko) at Henderson Intermediate in West Auckland. In this blog post, Hone shares why and how he is supporting kaiako at his school to understand te reo and tikanga Māori.

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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
te reo Māori
tikanga Māori
treaty of Waitangi
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Let's talk about money

26/07/17

Money Week takes place this year between Monday 14 August and Sunday 20 August. We invite Tom Hartmann, finance editor for the Commission for Financial Capability, to share his views around money.

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Financial capability

Great expectations: Embedding a growth mindset in our school culture

26/07/17

Liz Koni is the deputy principal of Queen’s High School in Dunedin. In this blog post Liz shares the highlights of her recent ten week sabbatical, part of which was looking into building a culture of high expectations and embedding a growth mindset.

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James Anderson.

Learner agency

11/07/17

James Anderson is a year 12 student at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. In this blog post James shares what learner agency means to him and describes what this looks like in a classroom from a student’s perspective.

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Rosalie Reiri

What Matariki means to me

15/06/17

Rosalie Reiri is a facilitator who works in mainstream and Māori medium schools. In this blog Rosalie talks about the personal significance of Matariki and provides some key messages for teachers.

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tikanga Māori
Student.

Gifted Awareness Week

06/06/17

As a lead up to Gifted Awareness Week Ingrid Frengley-Vaipuna explains the importance of identifying giftedness and offers some suggestions as to how we can support gifted and talented students in our schools. 

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Samoan identity, language, and culture

09/05/17

Fa’atili Iosua Esera is the principal of Sutton Park School in Mangere, and the president of Faalapotopotoga mo le aoaoina o le gagana Sāmoa i Aotearoa (the organisation for teachers of Samoan in Aotearoa). 

In this blog Fa’atili explains some important aspects of Samoan identity and offers some suggestions on how we can support Samoan language and culture in our schools and classrooms. 

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Coaching pairs at Flanshaw Road School.

Fina's journey in peer coaching

21/03/17

Fina Hallman, teacher from Flanshaw Road School, explains how peer coaching has enriched her teaching inquiry.  

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māori achievement
teaching as inquiry

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