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NZ e-Learning pedagogy: What does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond look like?

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 08 Sep 2014 10:50am () Replies (5)

This is the second in a series of 3 discussions focusing on a New Zealand e-Learning pedagogy.

  1. What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like? (please continue to contribute to this discussion)

  2. What does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond need to look like?

  3. Can we develop an e-Learning pedagogy or a list of teaching practices that are specific to teaching in New Zealand’s multi-cultural, ever-changing society in 2014 and beyond?

This second discussion is focused on the teacher.

Our first discussion asked What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like?

From this discussion we could see that one size does not fit all:

  • We have a very diverse, multi-cultural society. Janet McQueen highlighted that “One in every four New Zealanders (25.2 per cent) on Census day was born overseas.” This brings about challenges including a growing number of students who do not speak English.

  • Children develop and learn at different rates. MeganCroll1 suggested that the parent-child relationship may have an impact on self-direction in learning.

  • LEAST highlight that students can appoint champions amongst themselves to which they can go and get help.

Knowing what a New Zealand student in 2014 looks like, but does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond need to look like?

  • What do they need to be able to do?

  • What skills do they need?

  • What would make them successful as a teacher?

Here are a couple of videos to help your thinking.

A fun one:

And a slightly more serious one:

There are also a range of resources about pedagogy and future-focused learning available on the Enabling e-Learning website.


  • Janet McQueen (View all users posts) 09 Sep 2014 3:32pm ()

    Agree with everything Rebecca has said. There are so many skills a good teacher requires. I think top of my list is that they need to develop quality relationships with each child and connect with their families. They adopt an inquiry approach into their teaching as 'the how' is always changing and we need to continue to grow but emsure that what we are doing is effective. Someone who knows how to motivate every student.  A teacher who is digitally confident and willing to try new things. 

    I would like all teachers to know how to support English  language learning whilst differentiaing lessons and scaffolding students to success. With the increasing use of technology this is becoming easier and many lessons are almost individualised. 

    Good teachers have positve student relationships, are motivational, are focused on learning for all students, set high expectations, monitor student progress and adjust their teaching as required, get real positive shifts in student achievement. They continue to grow professionally, are connected to other teachers from around the world, innovate with purpose and are not content to remain static in their teaching. They strive to do better but still know how to laugh and enjoy the moment. However this is really only scratching the surface. 

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