20 April 2009
These resources should be viewed as ‘work-in- progress’, not as finished units to download and use. They demonstrate a range of ways of thinking about how you might build the ‘front end’ of the NZ Curriculum (the Vision, Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Effective Pedagogies and Learning Area Statements) into your existing units of work, by re-focusing how you teach rather than changing what you teach.
The questions and comments recorded in the body of each resource are at least as important as the unit itself. If for some reason your software does not display such questions and comments, it is likely that you need to make some technical adjustment to how you are viewing the resource. In the few cases where a resource does not carry comment boxes, there will be a note to that effect at the top.
While you will no doubt gain some insights by downloading these resources and studying them on your own, PPTA believes that it is faciliated discussion in groups of colleagues at the local Support Days that will be of most benefit to teachers.
There will eventually be resources here for almost every subject, however even if there are plenty of resources here for your subject(s), you may still find that resources for other subjects give you useful ideas for your own process of building the 'front end' of the revised curriculum into your work. If you can find the time, it would be worth looking at resources for a range of subjects.
References in senior units to achievement or unit standards are to current standards, and generally do not take into account possible revisions of these standards to take effect from 2011.
All Curriculum Support Days resources reflect the work of subject and special interest group specialists during a two-day forum in early April. They worked with the guidance of Rosemary Hipkins of NZ Council for Educational Research, re-developing existing favourite teaching units to meet the requirements of the revised curriculum, or, in the case of the special interest group specialists, preparing resources to stimulate discussion at the Support Day SIGs. PPTA is enormously grateful to the people who freely gave us two days of their precious time and worked with passion and commitment to produce these resources for teachers.
The Curriculum support days resource library can be accessed from the menu on the left or here: http://www.ppta.org.nz/index.php/resources/curriculum-support/curric-resources