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Weekly update: NCEA review and upcoming eventts

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

 Last week saw the final NZQA Roadshow in Auckland. There was a great turnout and it was a real joy to meet so many old and new colleagues from both the North and South Islands.


A key idea from the workshop includes how to access professional support from NZQA.  Best practice workshops are no longer arranged on a national schedule but you can make a request for a facilitator to attend a regional or national meeting to speak on a topic associated with internal assessment. This could include such topics as particular standards or making assessor judgements. These sessions can be delivered face-to-face or online and can be a half or full day or a speaking slot at an organised event.


Last week Marianna van den Bergh  reminded us of the correct spelling of the South American country  Colombia which is often misspelt as Columbia. Thanks for the heads up Marianna. Are there any other common mistakes you’d like to share?


NCEA review

There was an interesting post on English Online in regards to the NCEA Review. Is your TESOLANZ branch or PLD cluster discussing this issue and how it affects your learners?


What input would you like to have into the discussion?

Upcoming events


Earth Day, 22 April 2018

This Earth Day events page has resources, stories, units, and links to texts in the Instructional Series to help your students learn about the future focus issue of sustainability.

ANZAC Day, 25 April 2018

The Anzac Day events page includes classroom activities, resources, school stories, and links to texts in the Instructional Series to help your students develop understandings around this important national day.

Coming up in May:


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online discussed recycling key concepts/ words in different ways and co-constructing success criteria  


In this post I particularly enjoyed reading about Massey High School’s approach to differentiation


and the Assessment Online article Clarity about the learning gives students confidence and NCEA success. Some thing that struck home for me was the teachers comment

“Although students would see the learning intentions on the board, they did not understand what they meant or why they were important to them.”


Secondary Literacy Online also discussed Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding - some great easy to manage ideas in this post. Do you use these or other ideas? Why not share them with us.


Primary ESOL Online shared a poem “Home” by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire.


and discussed activating prior knowledge and building background knowledge. What struck me with the suggestions is that, as with so much of good ESOL practice, these are strategies that would benefit all students.


Have a great week everyone.




Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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