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e-asTTle testing tips and tricks

6/11/2017

November is the busiest time of the year for e-asTTle, with lots of teachers and students using it for testing.

The system can sometimes slow down during busy periods when there are lots of users.

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you have the fastest and smoothest experience with e-asTTle.

Diwali - festival of lights

10/10/2017

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration, beginning this year on 30 October.

Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

 Millions of Hindus around the world, including those in New Zealand, celebrate Diwali with gifts, lights, fireworks, and special meals. Major public festivals, along with private and family celebrations, mark Diwali in New Zealand.

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas, activities, and resources to help you celebrate Diwali in your school.

Wellbeing@School student survey free of charge until December 2018

10/10/2017

The Wellbeing@School student survey is now free of charge until December 2018. 

The Wellbeing@school survey has been designed to help schools identify how different aspects of school life contribute to a safe and caring environment that deters bullying. 

Gathering data also provides a baseline for monitoring outcomes over time. 

You can sign up for the free Wellbeing@School student survey and find out more about the toolkit here. 

Supporting LGBTIQA+ students

27/9/2017

This online guide provides strategies and suggestions for supporting the inclusion and wellbeing of students who identify as sex, gender, or sexuality diverse (SGSD).

The strategies in this guide encompass a variety of initiatives, from school policies and guidelines, to learning experiences that acknowledge, value, and respect the diversity that exists within the school community.

NEW! Oral language resources

19/9/2017

The Ministry of Education has developed resources to support oral language awareness and learning for parents, schools, and early childhood centres.

The resources include two posters for schools and early childhood centres, and a pamphlet for parents.  
These resources form part of the Ministry’s response to the recent ERO Extending their language - Expanding their world. Children’s oral language (birth - 8 years) report

The resources are available on Literacy Online, and Te Whāriki under the Language and literacies in early childhood services section.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) resource: Te Ao Tūroa

30/8/2017

This recently released cross-curricular resource from MPI looks at how 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food – support our primary industries.

Learning experiences for levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems and link to the learning areas of health and physical education, science, social studies, and technology. 

ERO: Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua videos for schools

22/8/2017

Education Review Office (ERO) has released a series of online resources showcasing schools that are making a significant difference for their learners.  

This collection of videos and publications Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua shows aspects of practice that have been effective in improving learner outcomes in each school context, and is intended to support schools in their internal evaluation and improvement efforts.  

The videos capture the perspectives and voices of children and young people, parents, teachers and leaders, and bring to life ERO School Evaluation Indicators released last year.

Te Reo ā-Waha: He Aratohu mā te Pouako – Oral Literacy Teaching and Learning Materials

18/8/2016

He rauemi matihiko tēnei e taea ai e te kaiako te whakapakari i te reo ā-waha o te ākonga mā ngā ngohe reo ā-waha me ngā ngohe whakarongo. Mā ngā ākonga kei ngā taumata 1–4 o Te Marautanga o Aotearoa me ngā whakaakoranga rūmaki reo Māori taumata 1–2 tēnei rauemi. E toru ngā kōwae ako mā ngā taumata e toru: Tau 1–3, Tau 4–6, me te Tau 7–8. E rima ngā ngohe mā ia taumata.

This is an online, digital teachers’ resource that aims to help students develop their oral language. It includes activities that focus on developing speaking and listening skills. This resource is intended for students at levels 1–4 of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa who are engaged in level 1–2 Māori language immersion education settings. The resource includes unit plans for three levels: Years 1–3, Years 4–6 and Years 7–8. 


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