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Experience Deep Learning

New Pedagogies of Deep Learning (NPDL) is a global collaboration of more than 1,400 schools in seven countries who are seeking ways to transform teaching and learning approaches that will facilitate deep learning. A key tenet of NPDL is that effective education is about building good humans and actively engaged members of society, as well

Five tips for connecting with your students through video

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the value of having alternative ways to connect with students in the absence of a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Additionally, with ongoing development in the area of innovative learning environments, recording yourself in video format is a practical way of reaching your students at any time and at any

Distance learning – thoughts on inclusive design.

We are in the transition period between “Learning at home” and returning to our education settings. It’s messy and we’re managing change across multiple contexts daily. One probable constant is that blended teaching approaches, combining distance and in-person learning will be the new normal for a while. This post: highlights some of the practices that
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So… you’re the teacher now? Tips and strategies for whānau navigating learning at home

By Janelle Riki-Waaka Last week my Facebook feed was inundated with whānau who have recently found themselves teaching from home. Lots of questions about what offences constitute giving out detentions, what’s the magic tonic to make my kids listen, and desperate pleas for Suzy Cato’s phone number. It’s given me lots of giggles, however I

Te Whāriki at home: strategies for supporting young children’s learning

By Kathryn O’Connell-Sutherland He whāriki hei whakamana i te mokopuna, hei kawe i ngā wawata A whāriki that empowers the child and carries our aspirations When Aotearoa went into lockdown I began thinking about our tamariki mokopuna and how we can support their learning in the home. I wondered what might already be available for

Thinking differently: distance learning in senior primary

A joint blog by Greg Carroll and Mark Maddren. This blog post offers some key considerations for setting up programmes in ways that will cater for senior primary rangatahi as they learn from home. We hope that applying them will help you to ensure that your ‘Learning at Home’ programme is successful. 1. Preserving and

Teens learning from home: What to consider

A joint blog by Karl Summerfield and Madeline Campbell Noho tawhiti, Tū kotahi Sit at a distance, stand as one. The wellbeing of secondary ākonga, kaiako and wider school whānau is an important focus of this post. We explore wellbeing from the perspectives of the secondary learner and kaiako. We also consider learning itself, and pose

Engaging junior learners and whānau from home

A joint blog by Anne Kenneally and Rachel McNamara Ko koe ki tēna, ko āhau, ki tēnei kiwai o te kete. You take that handle of the kete and I’ll take this one. Teaching and learning is all a bit of a puzzle right now; not a simple child’s one with only one place where

Learning at home: start with relationships

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka.  A choppy sea can be navigated. Firstly a huge mihi to all educators for everything you are doing for ākonga and communities as you prepare to teach in different ways. Ākonga and whānau will look to you for guidance and support as they adjust to thinking about

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