Based on work within schools and kura, we have developed a series of brief stories about our leaders and teachers as they increase positive outcomes for their students. Below is a selection of the stories from throughout 2015. The rest of our project update and infographics an be viewed under the Impact tab.
What happens when gifted and talented students, who also have learning difficulties, are acknowledged for their strengths and abilities? In this story, passionate secondary school teachers recognised the urgency to cater for twice-exceptional students in their school, and decided to focus on creative and productive giftedness in order to better meet their specific learning needs. READ MORE >>>
When the teachers at Putaruru Primary School started using 'spirals of inquiry' to reflect on their own practice, something truly exciting happened. They started to see real shifts and change for their students that they hadn't seen before - particularly in literacy. So what was the catalyst for change? READ MORE >>>
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Teachers at Napier Intermediate School, think nothing of diving into rigorous learning conversations to help drive shifts and changes in their school. This has resulted in some sustainable practices in literacy that has become an integral part of the professional learning culture at Napier Intermediate School. READ MORE >>>
In the broader scale of things, society can't do without maths. It's unavoidably everywhere and if our students leave school without the ability and confidence to use mathematical skills, they may well end up struggling with everyday scenarios, including problem solving and financial literacy skills. So what happens when maths in a future focused school becomes meaningful, authentic and real? READ MORE >>>
Imagine four glass jars with the labels: grow, save, spend, share. Money: what can we do with it and what exactly does it mean to be financially literate for the next generation? If financial literacy is ‘something new’ that needs to be embedded across the whole curriculum, then what could it look like in teaching and learning? READ MORE >>>
Take a pinch of strong leadership, add a dash of teacher buy-in, sprinkle with a sound vision for learning, where there's a greater focus on student needs driving the teaching and learning and you have a successful recipe for a school-owned curriculum. READ MORE >>>
From a Māori perspective Inquiry/Pakirehua has always been and is what we’ve always done, it's part of our DNA. Ancestors, tipuna show the way for us; their stories, experiences and knowledge are a natural part of understanding how we (as Māori) inquire, are curious and solve problems. Using this approach our Māori medium Assessment and Management and Tumuaki teams have been engaging kura in inquiry and then using deliberate acts of facilitation and teaching to improve student achievement. READ MORE >>>
Thinking like a scientist, sound tough? What about being curious? That’s where Te Toi Tupu science facilitators believe it all starts. Harnessing natural curiosity and applying it to life is the first step towards thinking like a scientist. READ MORE >>>
Have you ever felt like you just needed a listening ear; someone you could truly engage with, to help critically reflect on your teaching practice? Ever thought that if you had that mentor, you might be able to achieve those blue-sky dreams and nothing would hold you back professionally? Lucky for Heather Eccles, that's exactly what happened when she engaged in the Virtual Learning and Professional Development (VPLD) programme. READ MORE >>>
Whakawhanaungatanga is an important part of establishing and growing relationships. So when pāngarau facilitators encourage collaborative partnerships between facilitators and teachers, the positive flow-on effect to students can be clearly acknowledged and celebrated. One school now reports an astonishing increase of 14% increase in student achievement in pāngarau. READ MORE >>>
Te Toi Tupu consortium currently provides professional learning and development programmes for the Ministry of Education in the areas of Literacy, Leadership and Assessment, Learning with Digital Technologies, Gifted and Talented, New Zealand Curriculum, Maths, Pāngarau, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and te reo Māori. Te Toi Tupu consortium currently provides professional learning and development programmes for the Ministry of Education in the areas of Literacy, Leadership and Assessment, Learning with Digital Technologies, Gifted and Talented, New Zealand Curriculum, Maths, Pāngarau, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and te reo Māori.