learning focused relationships

Starting the year right – building learning-focused relationships

If we want students who are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners, how do we maximise the beginning of the school year to ensure this happens? We often use words such as ‘learning’ and ‘learner’ with our students, yet how often do we stop and check that they understand what these words...

Whānau matters - how you can create partnerships for learning

As a teacher who is also Māori, I place significant value on whanaungatanga – building and maintaining relationships. And, as an educator, I know how critical it is for schools to build learning-focused relationships with parents and whānau. At the beginning of the year it is important to consider ways you can effectively begin...

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...

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...

Nothing Compares 2 Ur Learning Focused Relationships

As I stood in front of my class, sweetly crooning “It's been seven hours and 15 days, since you took your love away...” I thought “How did I get here?” and “Where did it all go wrong?” and my mind drifted back to the day a week before when my Year 10 Social Studies class slumped dispiritedly into my room....

Lockdown learning – the new entrant virtual classroom experience

Ko Titirangi tōku maunga  Ko Uawa tōku awa  Ko Kerry ahau  Kia ora koutou. I'm Kerry Tetupu and I have very recently joined the team at Evaluation Associates. As the news was announced that we were going into Level 4 lockdown, my first thoughts went to all the...

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