Key readings

Insights from learners in lockdown

March 2020 saw New Zealand subject to the most severe restriction on movement since wartime in an effort to contain the virus, COVID-19. This meant anyone other than essential workers were asked to stay home. Education facilities closed, and students and educators needed to very quickly move to learning online, at a distance and with the challenges and joys staying at home brought. 

Dr Wendy Moore and Dr Irene Andersen have gathered the insights of 31 students aged through from early childhood to senior school, and analysed the themes that have come through to inform what our education landscape could look like going forward into the 'new normal.'

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School led learning: Voices of parents of Māori and Pasifika students

New Zealand schools are facing a level of disruption and uncertainty not seen in recent times. As a result of Covid-19 and the government’s measures to control it, Term 2 began without students being physically present in schools. Instead, educators were tasked with providing resources and support to enable students to continue school learning in their own homes. A great deal of effort and resource has been put into managing this situation and the very real challenges facing both families and educators. Perhaps, the biggest of these challenges is finding ways to minimise the potential of the situation to exacerbate existing inequities in the education system.

This paper reports on a survey that sought the views of parents of Māori and Pasifika students on their experiences of the first week of school-led learning at home.

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Clarity in the Classroom

Clarity in the Classroom_1Clarity in the Classroom, written by our director Michael Absolum, is a key resource not only for our facilitators but for many in the New Zealand education community. Leaders and teachers find it useful for explaining clearly and simply, with examples, the principles and practices of formative assessment. They particularly appreciate the practical suggestions and strategies for establishing learning-focused relationships with students and developing effective classroom practice.

Clarity in the Classroom is published by Hodder Education 2006. A United Kingdom edition was published in 2009 and a North American edition in Canada in 2010.

You can order it from Education Resource Centres around the country. Some schools have purchased a copy for each of the teachers on their staff as an essential teaching resource.

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National Standards - not one test, not one day, not one classroom

by Brenda Weal and Selena Hinchco

This article discusses the use of evidence from student work in technology to inform Overall Teacher Judgments for National Standards, using the example of Jack, a Year six student. It describes how he uses reading,writing and mathematics in technology and outlines how evidence of his learning is used by his teacher when making an Overall Teacher Judgment. Download the article >

Student Engagement in the Middle Years of Schooling (Years 7-10):
A Literature Review

by Robyn Gibbs and Jenny Poskitt

Find out more about student engagement and the relationship between academic engagement and student achievement. What can teachers do to raise levels of student engagement within their classes and schools? This MoE-commissioned report focuses on years 7 to 10. Read more >