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Registrations open for Term 3 OTJ workshops

1/7/2015

Registrations are now open for the new series of OTJ workshops to be held around the country in Term 3.

The workshops are free of charge, funded by the Ministry of Education, and are being held across all regions.

The full-day workshops on reading and writing will support teachers using National Standards to use quality moderation practices and make valid and reliable OTJs of student progress and achievement.

Find details and registration links here.

NZ Maths: Rich learning activities

30/6/2015

NZ Maths now has rich learning activities at levels 3, 4, and 5. The activities are designed to provide engaging contexts and an opportunity to apply the maths learned in previous lessons. They can be accessed through the Teaching Material section of nzmaths.

High Expectations - NEW exploration of the high expectations principle

30/6/2015

This new section of NZC Online draws together research, digital resources, tools, and examples to support leaders and teachers as they consider the high expectations principle.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Study Award

23/6/2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Ministry of Education's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Study Award.

The purpose of this award is to support you to study Massey University's Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorder.

You must enrol in that diploma to be eligible for this award.

Applications for the 2016 study award will be open from 1 June to 16 September 2015.

Find out more from this page

Applications for the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards close on June 19, 2015

18/6/2015

The awards are open to secondary school students and undergraduates who are passionate and persuasive in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

With a top prize of $10,000, three runner-up prizes of $5,000 and a range of other scholarships at stake as well, there are a lot of reasons to enter.
To enter the awards, candidates submit a two page synopsis of a STEM-based idea which will deliver value economically or socially to New Zealand. The idea doesn’t need to be original but they must have a sound scientific understanding of the topic at hand. 

Entry forms available here

Entry criteria and judging criteria are also on the Eureka! website 

Primary and secondary resources to support Māori language teaching and learning

Primary and secondary resources to support Māori language teaching and learning

17/6/2015

This is a compilation of resources that support Māori language programmes in schools.

Primary

He Reo Tupu He Reo Ora
This online multimedia resource contains eight units of work with complementary reomations (animations in te reo Māori). It includes videos on marae protocol and suggestions for how the resource can be used. The primary audience is students in years 1–6.

Ka Mau te Wehi
This website, aimed at years 7 and 8 teachers and students learning te reo Māori, includes unit and lesson plans, videos, student worksheets, waiata, print resources, professional development resources, and explanations of tikanga or protocol.

Te reo Māori lesson plans 
A collection of teacher and student materials designed to support each of the eight levels of the Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki.

Te Whakaipurangi Rauemi
An extensive range of teacher resources for English-medium schools that support Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki.

Hei Waiata, Hei Whakakoakoa 
This audio resource contains a selection of waiata that can be downloaded. A songbook with the lyrics, song sheets, curriculum achievement objectives, and suggestions for student activities are included in the resource.

Reo Māori resources
An extensive list, which includes the above resources, grouped under the following categories:

  • Resources aligned to te reo Māori curriculum guidelines.
  • Other resources to support Māori language learning.
  • Resources about tikanga and kaupapa Māori.

Curriculum guidelines: Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki
Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1–13

School stories 
These success stories from the New Zealand Curriculum Online website provide examples of ideas and approaches for teaching and learning te reo and tikanga Māori that have proved helpful in raising Māori student achievement.

National Reo Māori Workshops: Video archives
This section of the Professional learning page on the Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools website contains video clips from workshops held in 2009. The aim of the workshops was to familiarise teachers, principals, and whānau with Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori: Kura Auraki, the guidelines for teaching Māori language in schools (years 1–13).

Secondary

Ako Panuku 
Browse a selection of current classroom resources or register to contribute and share your resources with other teachers. This website provides teachers of Māori in wharekura and English-medium secondary schools with access to useful educational information, resources, and professional development opportunities.

Resources for Te Reo Māori 
This section of the NZQA website provides links to all resources for NCEA Te Reo Māori. It includes unit and achievement standard documents, assessment matrices, standard reviews, moderators' newsletters, assessment specifications, exam papers, assessment schedules and judgements, circulars, and student exemplars as they are collected.

Te Reo Māori 
On this page you will find NZQA quality assured assessment resources to support internally assessed levels 1, 2, and 3 registered achievement standards for Te Reo Māori, aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (2007).

Te Reo Rangatira 
On this page you will find resources to support internally assessed achievement standards for Te Reo Rangatira.

Te reo Māori lesson plans
A collection of teacher and student materials designed to support each of the eight levels of the Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki.

Curriculum guidelines: Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki
Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1–13

School stories 
These success stories from the New Zealand Curriculum Online website provide examples of ideas and approaches for teaching and learning te reo and tikanga Māori that have proved helpful in raising Māori student achievement.

National Reo Māori Workshops: Video archives
This section of the Professional learning page on the Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools website contains video clips from workshops held in 2009. The aim of the workshops was to familiarise teachers, principals, and whānau with Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori: Kura Auraki, the guidelines for teaching Māori language in schools (years 1–13).

Other sites that may be of interest:

Print publications

Click here to view or order hard-copy Ministry of Education resources from the  online catalogue, Down the Back of the Chair.

Matariki

10/6/2015

Matariki is the Māori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster.

The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon. In 2015, Matariki will start on 18 June. 

New Zealand Curriculum Online has a collection of resources and ideas to help you celebrate Matariki with your schools and communites.

ERO School Evaluation Indicators 2015 (Trial)

4/6/2015

The Education Review Office (ERO) has released its new evaluation indicators document School Evaluation Indicators: Effective practice for improvement and learner success

This is a trial document supported by the Ministry that will be sent to all schools 

ERO would like to know what you think about the indicators  and has set up an online survey through which you can send comments. Alternatively, you can fill in the attached form and either post or scan it back to ERO at info@ero.govt.nz

Some schools will be invited to trial the indicators during their review. ERO is also available to come talk to schools, trustees, or parents about the indicators in detail. Please contact your local ERO office for more information.

Waitangi 175 Oral History Awards

4/6/2015

The Waitangi 175 Oral History Awards are a special award round established to mark this anniversary year. 

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is calling for audio-video projects that commemorate the partnership created by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and raise awareness about the Treaty and what it means in the twenty-first century.

Expressions of Interest for the Waitangi 175 Oral History Awards close at 5pm on Friday 26 June 2015.  The Awards decisions will be made on 31 July 2015.

Visit the Waitangi 175 Oral History Awards webpage for full details.

Love your rubbish - lollipop to landfill?

28/5/2015

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish? On this LEARNZ virtual field trip starting 9 June 2015  you will follow a piece of rubbish ... from lollipop to landfill.

You will see how simple decisions we make every day can reduce the amount of rubbish heading to landfills, and how a modern state-of-the-art landfill is managed to not only protect the environment but enhance it for future generations.

This trip is designed to inspire personal inquiry and trigger action at home, school, and play.

Find out how to enrol


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