9 April 2009
On 6-7 April, 88 specialist subject teachers and School Support Services advisors gathered in Wellington for two days at a forum to develop the resources that will be used at the PPTA Curriculum Support Days. These resources will cover nearly 40 subjects, 5 special interest areas (Special Ed/Learning Support, Leadership of the Curriculum Across the School, ESOL, Careers Education and Guidance Counsellors), plus a support package for local facilitators.
Rosemary Hipkins, Chief Researcher at NZCER, led the forum through the process of developing the resources. Her initial presentation provoked thinking about the why, how and what of developing and implementing the new curriculum. The resources demonstrate a range of ways of thinking about how the 'front end' of the curriculum (the Vision, Principles, Values, Effective Pedagogies, Key Competencies and Learning Area Statements) can be woven into how we teach.
The subject resources do not represent 'finished products' that teachers could just download and use and then claim to be 'teaching to the new curriculum'. They have been designed to help teachers think about what they might change about the way they currently teach subject content, or even to help them to identify and highlight for themselves and for their students the ways in which they are already meeting the requirements of the curriculum.
Resources developed at the forum will be published to this webpage Curriculum support resources as they are finalised and will be available in hard copy at the Curriculum Support Days.