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Coleman, Claire; Davies, Kelly – Teachers and Curriculum, 2018
Conducted within a Masters in Teaching and Learning, this article details an inquiry which sought to offer meaningful purpose to learning within a fictional frame to engage students in level two mathematics. After considering various ideas for a suitable theme we settled on a pirate adventure. Enticing students with a mysterious treasure map and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Perger, Pamela; Major, Karen; Trinick, Robyn – Teachers and Curriculum, 2018
This article explores the curriculum integration of two learning areas: mathematics and music. We review the literature around effective integration and describe what integration might look like within a primary classroom. Integrating learning areas provide students with the opportunity to encounter key ideas/concepts in a variety of contexts.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Music Education, Music Activities, Mathematics Activities
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Thrupp, Martin – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
Most New Zealand primary teachers are well aware of the National Standards assessment system that has followed during the last three terms of government in New Zealand and the controversies surrounding it. Teachers draw on a range of quantitative and qualitative evidence to make "Overall Teacher Judgements" (OTJs) about primary school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Standards, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Cosgriff, Marg – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
Embarking on and sustaining professional change is often a challenging process for educators. This is particularly so within a broader context of rapid (r)evolution in curriculum, pedagogical and assessment-related developments in the compulsory school sector in Aotearoa New Zealand over the past decade. Teachers' and school leaders' accounts of…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Teaching Experience, Elementary School Teachers, Professional Education
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Rae, Genevieve; Dabner, Nicki; Mackey, Julie – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
The practice of students bringing their own mobile devices (BYOD) to school is increasingly being used to leverage digital learning opportunities in New Zealand schools. This paper presents a summary of the findings from a case study that explored the experiences of three primary school teachers as they introduced BYOD into their classrooms for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Ownership
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Willacy, Helen; West, Amie; Murphy, Carol; Calder, Nigel – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
Personalised learning is generally understood to be of benefit to students' learning. In addition, the flexible nature of mobile technologies (MTs) and the variety of available apps are seen to respond to the needs of individual students, and hence have the potential to support personalised learning. This paper reports on an aspect of a larger…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Oriented Programs
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Aguayo, Claudio; Eames, Chris – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
This article presents the case for using mobile technologies to facilitate the integration of classroom and outside-of-classroom learning experiences designed to enhance the ecological literacy of primary school students and their parents. There is growing evidence supporting the transformative potential of mobile learning technologies and tools…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Allen, Piata – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
Maori-medium pangarau classrooms occupy a unique space within the mathematics education landscape. The language of instruction is an endangered minority language and many teachers and learners in Maori-medium pangarau classrooms are second language (L2) learners of te reo Maori. Mobile technology could be used in Maori-medium pangarau classrooms…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Jowsey, Susan; Aguayo, Claudio – Teachers and Curriculum, 2017
Mixed Reality learning environments can provide opportunities to educationally enhance previously isolated scientific concepts by using art and technology as mediums for understanding the world. Participatory experiences provide a kinetic means of comprehending often-abstract knowledge, creating the conditions for sensory learning that is…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Sensory Experience, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Blaauw, Janet – Teachers and Curriculum, 2016
Children in mainstream schools who struggle academically and disengage in regular schooling may be helped when teachers change their practice to include what the students themselves have reported makes a difference. Student voices need to be listened to, not as a token gesture, but as a way of making a positive difference in their lives at school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Dent, Wendy; McChesney, Jane – Teachers and Curriculum, 2016
This paper describes a period of substantial changes in the mathematics curriculum of one primary school in Christchurch. Using retrospective analysis, we identified two important conceptual themes: equity of mathematical learning and opportunities for all students to learn to be a mathematician. Access to research about these themes prompted two…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction
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Armistead, Stuart – Teachers and Curriculum, 2016
The interest and uptake in utilising digital technologies in education appears to be exponential. With the rollout of ultrafast broadband and the development of the Network for Learning in New Zealand, school leaders face the challenges and opportunity of deciding when, what and how they go about implementing digital technologies in their schools.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Ormandy, Sally – Teachers and Curriculum, 2014
This is the post-earthquake story of how we as the staff and community of Opawa Primary School have lived with the tremors (literally and metaphorically) and trauma of this national tragedy, whilst endeavouring to maximise student learning and enhance the wellbeing of all the members of our school community. This is not founded on research but is…
Descriptors: Well Being, Natural Disasters, Elementary School Students, Trauma
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Carlyon, Tracey – Teachers and Curriculum, 2013
Teachers changing class levels is common practice in many New Zealand primary schools; however, it is not always seen as a platform for shaping pedagogies. In order to manage the change to a new class level teachers are compelled to reflect on many of their established practices. Engaging in this reflection can help teachers to see their practice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Innovation, Reflection, Transformative Learning
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Young-Loveridge, Jenny; Bicknell, Brenda; Lelieveld, Jo – Teachers and Curriculum, 2013
This paper shares research from a pilot study in which young children were introduced to multiplication and division problems in their first year of school. The focus was on building children's conceptual understanding of the idea of "repeated groups" as a fundamental aspect of multiplication and its relation to division. The particular…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Multiplication, Arithmetic, Young Children
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