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Blog archives: 2017

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.

Dr Wendy Kofoed.

What is future-focused education?


Dr Wendy Kofoed is the principal of Newmarket School in Auckland. In this blog, the first of a two part series, Wendy shares some of the highlights of her recent sabbatical where she explores what a future-focused curriculum might look like.

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Dr Wendy Kofoed.

Innovation to transform curriculum design and teaching practice


Dr Wendy Kofoed is the principal of Newmarket School in Auckland. In this blog, the second of a two part series, Wendy shares some of the highlights of her recent sabbatical, identifying innovative inquiries to transform curriculum design and teaching practice.

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Aloihio Kave Kelemete.

Being Tokelau in Aotearoa


Aloihio Kave Kelemete is an educator of Tokelau descent. In this blog, Hio explains some important aspects of Tokelau identity and offers suggestions on how we can promote Tokelau language and culture in our schools and classrooms.

Karl Vasau.

Our Niuean cultural experience


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.

Professor Christine Rubie-Davies

Raising the bar with flexible grouping


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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Hone Tobin.

Growing te reo Māori at Henderson Intermediate


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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Great expectations: Embedding a growth mindset in our school culture


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.

James Anderson.

Learner agency


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.

Rosalie Reiri

What Matariki means to me


Rosalie Reiri is a facilitator who works in English 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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Gifted Awareness Week


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.