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Learning to learn

This section draws together research, digital resources, and examples to support teachers as they consider the learning to learn principle. 

Resources and inspiration



MindShift’s big ideas of 2013: Focus on learning
This resource features the most popular MindShift posts from 2013, with a focus on student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching, and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

South Australian teaching for effective learning resource 
This framework is a starting point for ongoing discussion about pedagogy and a basis for promoting a rich and nuanced understanding of pedagogy - for leaders with teachers as well as teachers with students.

NZC Update – The learning to learn principle
This update draws on evidence of why learning to learn is important. It describes how to foster learning to learn so that students take ownership of their own learning and play a greater role in classroom decision-making.

Learning theories
This section of the INSTEP website outlines various learning theories and how they help educators make decisions about how to support their own and other's learning.

Key Competencies Online
Key competencies support the lifelong learning emphasis in the NZC through its vision for students as "lifelong learners", its "learning to learn principle", the value "innovation, inquiry, and curiosity", and the learning areas.

Directions for assessment in New Zealand: Developing students' assessment capabilities
Effective assessment is a key component of quality teaching and essential for raising student achievement. This Ministry of Education position paper outlines our vision for assessment.

Assessment for learning in practice
The Assessment site has a wealth of information and resources examining the inter-related capabilities deemed crucial for making a difference to student learning. Use the powerpoint to guide staff discussions, and choose an element to examine more deeply.

Assessment in the classroom
This site provides a comprehensive resource relating to assessment for learning, including guidance for school leaders and classroom teachers.

Principles of assessment for learning
This section of Assessment Online includes a summary of the principles of assessment for learning.

Assessment tool selector
The assessment tool selector is a resource for teachers and schools to help them select the most appropriate assessment tool to suit their particular purpose.

Tātaiako: Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners
This PDF resource supports teachers to develop relationships and personalise learning for Māori learners, to ensure they enjoy education success as Māori.

Te Kotahitanga
Te Kotahitanga is a research and professional development programme that supports teachers to improve Māori students' learning and achievement. It enables teachers to create a culturally responsive context for learning which is responsive to evidence of student performance and understandings.

Pasifika Education Community
This site supports the achievement of Pasifika learners through quality resources, research, and other materials for teachers and school leaders.

Assessment: Feedback to promote student learning
This PDF contains teachers' commonly asked questions about feedback and answers based on research literature.

Narrative assessment: A guide for teachers
A resource to support the New Zealand Curriculum exemplars for learners with special education needs.

Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching–a New Zealand perspective
This PDF contains NZCER's synthesis of findings from existing work and new research presents emergent principles that signal shifts in how we need to think about learners and learning.

Better than a professional? Students as co-contributors to educational design
NZCER research a process to engage small groups of secondary students in becoming critical and informed contributors to curriculum and education design.

Building learning power
Professor Guy Claxton's Building Learning Power site provides information, resources, and inspiration for teachers - to help young people become better learners.

Self directed learning–Student agency
Queenstown School principal Lyn Bird's thesis explores the development of students as self-regulating learners.

Swimming out of our depth? Leading learning in 21st century schools
This research by Ally Bull and Jane Gilbert from NZCER asks a number of questions including - how difficult is it for teachers acculturated in 20th century ways of thinking about education and its purpose, to "shift their paradigm"?

Carol Dweck's site features her research and thinking on achievement and success, and her programmes are designed to help schools to increase student motivation and learning.

Educational Leaders sabbatical reports: Maree Flannery – growth mindsets
Teaching students about mindsets in a way that has a positive impact on them and the culture of the school.

Working inside the black box: Assessment for learning in the classroom
In their article "Inside the black box" Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam demonstrated that improving formative assessment raises student achievement. This follow-up project has helped teachers change their practice and students change their behaviour so that everyone shares responsibility for the students' learning.

Edutopia–Big thinkers: Howard Gardner
Professor Howard Gardner talks on a range of themes including student engagement in learning, student directed learning, multiple intelligences, and assessment for learning.


Take another look around
This slideshare explores learning to learn within the context of the changing face of education and digital literacy.

The future belongs to the curious
From the moment we open our eyes it fuels our existence. This video aims to remind everyone to never lose your sense of curiosity or wonder.

YouTube: Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap
This video shows the process 7 year old Audri goes through to construct a working Rube Goldberg machine. It could be used as a stimulus for discussion with students about many of the key competencies.

YouTube: Above and beyond
A story about what is possible when communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity take centre stage in schools and transform learning opportunities.

Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

A math major talks about fear
A mathematics student provokes us to think about how we approach our learning.

Published on: 26 Mar 2012