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March 2019

Nikki Ahern The CORE Education ILE matrix

March 25

CORE consultant Nikki Ahern describes the work CORE Education has done in planning and updating a matrix for ILE spaces that can help schools to transition to this type of learning environment. She discusses ILE spaces and delves into the way schools are using the concepts and thinking around ILE. Nikki stresses that there is not a single definition for an ILE and that sometimes schools repurpose existing spaces while there are also spaces that are being designed specifically for…

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Learner agency spotlight

March 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Use our third spotlight to explore learner agency and find strategies to help you build greater agency in your own classrooms. This spotlight includes short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. What is ‘agency’? Students have a sense of ‘agency’ when they feel in control of things that happen around them; when they feel that they can influence events. This is an important sense for learners to develop. They need to be active participants in their learning.

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April 2019

Pasi Sahlberg The Finnish Education System

April 1

In this EDtalk Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor, talks about some of the distinguishing characteristics of the Finnish education system. He also highlights the large number of young people leaving school who have not recognised what it is they are good at. Pasi believes that if we really want to solve the problems of the planet such as global warming, inequality and poverty we need more people who are doing things passionately.

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Growth mindset spotlight

April 4

Use our fourth spotlight to explore growth mindset and find strategies to help you build a culture of growth mindset in your own classrooms. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. Introducing growth mindset: A growth mindset is the understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed.

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Universal Design for Learning spotlight

April 11

Use our fifth spotlight to explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning. UDL is an approach to teaching that helps educators plan and deliver programmes with all students in mind from the outset. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) In pairs Discuss the following questions: What does UDL mean to you? What do you know now? What more would you like to know?

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Future focus spotlight

April 18

Our sixth spotlight looks at the future focus principle, helping you design a curriculum around significant future-focused issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. Future focus In pairs Discuss the following question: What does ‘future focus’ mean to you?

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Digital technologies spotlight

April 25

Our seventh spotlight explores the revised digital technologies curriculum, helping you understand the changes and support available. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. “We live in exciting times, with digital technologies advancing at an incredible rate and playing an ever increasing role in all aspects of our lives … Our curriculum needs to keep pace with this fast-changing world. The new curriculum content sets out what students need to learn to become not just fluent users…

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May 2019

Key competencies

May 2

This spotlight explores the key competencies, supporting you to help students develop capabilities for living and lifelong learning. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. As a group What are key competencies? In small groups, write one sentence to describe what key competencies are to someone from outside of education.

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Learning to learn spotlight

May 3

Our eighth spotlight explores the learning to learn principle, supporting you to help students reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection. ‘Learning to learn’ is one of the eight principles in The New Zealand Curriculum. “The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn.” New Zealand Curriculum

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Transitions spotlight

May 16

Our tenth spotlight focuses on transitions, an important component of the coherence principle. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you ensure positive transitions for your students and their families. The coherence principle, one of eight principles in The New Zealand Curriculum, highlights transitions as a key component: “The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further…

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Student wellbeing spotlight

May 23

This spotlight focuses on student wellbeing, supporting you to explore and implement effective wellbeing practices for your students. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you grow a culture of wellbeing at your school. Personal reflection Take time to consider the following questions and record your ideas on Post-It notes or in a journal: What is wellbeing? What words capture the essence of wellbeing for you?

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