learner agency

Celebrating leaders who foster learner agency in the adults they lead

Schools are increasingly focused on placing their learners at the centre. And there is plenty of research that tell us this is a very good thing! Teams are reflecting on the roles of ‘teacher’ and ‘learner’ and inquiring into the ways they keep learners at the centre. They’re asking questions such as:...

The power of a conversation

Schools are busy places. Classrooms are even busier places; it is all too easy to get through a day without having an informal/non-subject-focused conversation with a student. Sure, we may talk to them (and don’t get me wrong most teachers I speak with say that they feel like they talk all day) but have we really stopped and had a...

Engaging the disengaged

As educators, we have all heard inspiring stories of the teacher or mentor who changed the direction of a disengaged student. For me, it is the story of Marcus Akuhata-Brown that remains and resonates in my head and heart. Marcus was born in a small town on the East Coast of the North Island. He became a school principal at 21 years old...

Home learning in the junior school - what do our littlest learners really need?

Over the last couple of months it seems there has been a tsunami of information, advice and resources available for teachers as they navigate a new way of schooling from a distance. New Zealand and overseas social media and educational websites have been full of the great and sometimes aspirational things happening for learners in their homes....

Insights from learners in lockdown

In our new world of virtual meetings, Zoom calls and other digital connections, our ability to share ideas still remains a constant. A few weeks back during a virtual morning tea, I heard from members of the Evaluation Associates’ marketing team that they were thinking of creating a short video of learners talking about their experiences...

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