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Learning at School

In this topic, discuss how learning happens at school.


smile We would love to hear your suggestions on what you think:

  • what would be a cool place to learn in? 
  • what would help your learning?


What would this look like?

What would you like to support you in your learning?

What would support your child with their learning?


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Renaye Ambler


The children in my Year 2 classroom loved to learn outside of the classroom - even if it was just out in the playground or in someone else's classroom. They loved hands on activities where they could make their own learning and ask their own questions. As soon as children knew where and how to access information, they would enthusiastically and independently go off in search of answers. They also loved to share their learning with other children so they became the experts.



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 Collection of comments when discussing innovative learning environments at Network meetings. 

  • Air of excitement
  • Can’t find the teacher – teacher not obvious in the learning environment
  • Collaboration – teacher being the learner, Children – more opportunities for being the teacher
  • More places to learn – literacy, technology, space available
  • Seeing the learner’s work in the environment – ‘them, their’ place
  • Physical space variety (furniture) high/low/rolling
  • Actual chn’s work – not window dressing? Evidence of chn’s thinking in an environment of learning
  • Chn & teachers valuing student’s work – chn to be able to share their learning with others / parents.
  • Not just teachers in the classroom ‘other experts’ as well.
  • Teachers make the difference and the importance of relationships
  • Co-construction and collaboration by teachers
  • Teachers with more time
  • Concept or thematic focus to learning


-- Edited by cathrunga on Sunday 20th of October 2013 08:41:30 PM

Te Awamutu


Pilot' lateral Learning Across schools @ Rural and Roses - Te Awamutu

On 23rd September our cluster ran a 'pilot' lateral Learning Across schools sharing with just the 'town' schools comprising of Te Awamutu Primary, Kihikihi School and St Patrick's. Four groups gathered - students, parents (all mums!), teachers and leaders - shared their thoughts over a yummy lunch, just for an our or so.
All groups reflected on :
1.  Sharing the students learning maps.
2.  Identifying what's the same and different about our perceptions about learning.
3.  What could be some priorities for change regarding learning
4.  What could help with this and how could learning environments impact on this.

Below are some resources and photos from the day






Pokuru School - Hollie wrote:


  The teachers and our classmates help us to learn new things and encourage us.  Experience outside the classroom, like camps and trips give us real life experiences so we learn new things.  These prepare us for our life ahead.  Classmates can ask us questions to help us understand what we are learning about.  Even on the mat when we are in a big group its not just the teacher, teaching us but its ideas put together by our classmates that help us to learn.


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