active learning

Developing and encouraging active learners

"If we position our students to be successful, they will be successful." Pauline Gibbons  Active learners – learners who are able to take ownership of their own learning – are becoming successful lifelong learners. Active learners believe in themselves as learners and understand that they are able to exert...

Empowering learners: sharing the locus of control

“You don’t have to be frightened about learning. You just have to be prepared to ask lots of questions . . . to find out what you don’t know. I like helping the others too . . .” Derek - Year 6 ‘priority learner’  Confident, connected and actively involved life-long learners The New...

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...

Exciting Developments Across the Learning Support Sector

It is widely accepted that children with disabilities and additional learning needs could be and indeed should be, better supported in our schools. The Ministry of Education’s Learning Support Action Plan, 2019-2025, which builds on its Learning Support Delivery Model, outlines exciting new developments for priority learners in early...

5 Tips for Teachers in Innovative Learning Environments

Innovative learning environments (ILE) are popping up all around Christchurch. It is becoming increasingly rare for a teacher to work in a “single cell” classroom space with one group of students (Keehan and Forbes, 2020).  ILE require teams of teachers to work together with a larger group of students. Prior to joining...

Setting real boundaries in a virtual world

There's no denying that the ubiquitous nature of modern technology has opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to accessing information. Whether it be looking up the name of what you think might just have been a jellyfish that you accidentally stood on while taking a stroll on the beach, scanning through to find how many...

Three ways blended learning can enhance active reflection

As I am new to the Evaluation Associates team, I am drawn almost immediately to Michael Absolum's touchstone book 'Clarity in the Classroom' where the Archway of Teaching and Learning Capabilities is thoroughly explored.    While each capability in the archway is hugely significant in our mahi building the bridge...

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