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Teaching and learning approaches

When teachers provide helpful feedback to let students know what they are doing right, and what and how they need to improve, students start to assess their own work more honestly, seek guidance from teachers, and begin to set goals for themselves.

Tools and resources

Middle school students.

Supporting learners in years 7–10

This update is designed to help schools ensure positive transitions, with continuity and clear direction, for learners in year 7–10.

Lisa Morresey.

Developing a middle school curriculum

A discussion of how Fairfield Intermediate used a teaching as inquiry approach to developing their school curriculum. 

Simon Breakspear.

EDtalks: Simon Breakspear

Keynote presenter at Ulearn11, Simon Breakspear, asks for whose future are we educating students – theirs or ours – and are we preparing students for a future that no longer exists?

Brian Hinchco.

Brian Hinchco – NZAIMS

In these three clips, Brian Hinchco, NZAIMS president, talks about the purpose of the organisation, the philosophy of middle schooling, and supporting the National Standards.

AsiaNZ logo.

NCEA Asia NZ teaching and learning resources

Asia:NZ has developed a set of five level 1 NCEA resources to support teachers to use an Asian context within their programmes.

Literacy Online.

Literacy Online: Accelerating writing progress in years 7 and 8

This resource is designed to support teachers to accelerate the writing achievement of year 7 and 8 students.

Book cover.

Adolescent Literacy Resources: Linking Research & Practice (PDF 2MB)

This resource provides links between literacy research and classroom practice including teaching and learning, literacy across the curriculum, and literacy leadership.

Tread lightly.

Tread Lightly

Tread Lightly is a climate change education initiative, providing free online tools and resources for educators to engage secondary school students in reducing their ecological footprints.


eTV snapshot

eTV provides real-time and real-life resources through recorded TV programmes, live streams, and on-demand videos.

Smiling children.

Registered Teacher Criteria resource

The Registered Teacher Criteria has a page devoted to each of the twelve criteria, with ideas on how e-learning can be used to support meeting the criteria.

Tales from Te Papa.

Tales from Te Papa – Cross curriculum teaching resource

This teaching resource features 120 Tales from Te Papa, mini-documentaries that showcase many of the unique pieces that Te Papa holds in trust for the nation.

Comic child.

Prezi: Introducing the e-portfolio

This presentation by Jamin Lietze identifies, defines, and illustrates the impact of e-portfolios on learning (focus on ages 5–18).

Literacy Online.

Guidelines for effective adolescent literacy instruction

A framework made up of two principles and twelve guidelines about effective adolescent literacy pedagogy.

Thinking with evidence book covers.

Science: Thinking with evidence

This set of four standardised tests for middle school students (years 7–10) address an aspect of the key competency "thinking" as it could be enacted in the science learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Technology Online logo.

Teaching snapshots – Technology

The snapshots on Technology Online provide ideas for the area of technology that have been used successfully in classroom practice.

Nick Rate.

Why use e-portfolios? – seminar with Nick Rate

Nick Rate highlights how eportfolios can assist schools to improve learning outcomes, enabling increased student engagement and success.

Suzie Vesper.

EDtalks – TakingITGlobal (TIG)

The TIG team in Canada, CORE Education, and the Ministry of Education entered an agreement to support the use of the TakingITGlobal website in secondary schools and year 7 and 8 classrooms.

Published on: 19 Jan 2012