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Richard Ellsworth, music teacher from Pinehurst School, guest blogs about the parallels between teaching and BBC broadcasting. One of the best things about the Assessment for Learning PLD is having your lesson videoed and then watching it back. You know how it feels to be trying to teach in a calm and purposeful way while...

12 top tips to make the most of the new PLD system

The world of Professional Learning and Development (PLD) is changing dramatically – signalling a really exciting opportunity for schools. The Ministry of Education will no longer contract providers to deliver set programmes and allocate schools to those programmes. Instead, each school or CoL will determine the areas they need to focus...

Now is the time to start planning for your 2022 professional learning needs

The current model for schools and Kāhui Ako to access professional learning support through MoE funding has been in place for sometime now and many schools are valuing the tailored support from their chosen PLD provider that the model provides. One of the issues that we’re hearing from schools is that it can be tricky to get the...

From classroom teacher to staff room teacher: the first day at school all over again

I began my career as a secondary English teacher in Nottingham in the UK in 1993. I was full of idealistic good intentions and saw teaching as a way of promoting social justice and equity. I began work in a school with plenty of opportunities for promoting social justice and equity as it was located in an inner city community that had,...

The Learning Progression Framework for Writing – a great starting place… But then what?

The Learning Progression Framework for Writing is a fantastic tool for describing and showing the significant stages a writer progresses through as they develop independence and control over how and what they write for different purposes. Through targeted and focused PLD, teachers and leaders see value in having writing across the curriculum...

Nau mai, haere mai Leading by Learning

We’re excited to launch Leading by Learning—a partnership between Evaluation Associates and Viviane Robinson Consulting.  We recognise in the current education system the long-standing issues with disparity of outcomes for the ākonga we serve. Many of us strive to improve learner engagement and outcomes, yet time...

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...

We know 1 + 1 = 2 but are there other ways to look at this equation?

If you are a mathematics fanatic, like me, you may also enjoy it for the logical and methodical way problems are solved. There are a clear set of rules and procedures to follow to get to the right answer. An example of this is 1 + 1 equals 2. There are no two ways about it! More complex addition examples can be questions such as 45 + 25...

PaCT in the post-National Standards world

PaCT, the Progress and Consistency Tool, was not readily accepted by the education sector during its early life, because of the link to National Standards. So, how is it faring now in this post National Standards world? The Learning Progressions Framework (LPF) and the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) are now grouped together as...

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