Building a Deep Understanding of Word Meanings.

This needs to be modelled first by the teacher and then it can be done as a small group activity prior to reading a text where the word is used.The example below reminds us that there are many words in...

Teaching science through literacy

With most of the professional development focus in primary and intermediate teaching going on literacy and numeracy in recent years, other “rich subject areas” have perhaps been a bit neglected,...

Have some fun with a diagnostic pseudoword spelling test.

  Use this test to find out:who might be dyslexicwho has trouble writing long vowels correctlywho has trouble with Latinate endingswho does not understand when to double letters to keep vowels...

Poverty Impacts on Leaning Symposium 24 May

We at Accent Learning were delighted with the response and participation at the Poverty Impacts on Learning symposium we hosted recently.To all the friends and colleagues who couldn't make it, as well...

Schools taking action

Accent Learning’s Poverty Impacts on Learning symposium in May included truly inspiring presentations from four school principals: Kiri Smith Natone Park, Eddie Uluilelata Rangikura, John...
Prof Jonathan Boston

Tackling child poverty to improve educational performance

Rates of child poverty in New Zealand are well above those of the best performing OECD countries and this has been the case for more than two decades. Attachment:...

School Principal Reflects on the Impact of Professional Development

 Once all of our data had been analysed for the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013, writing was identified as a major area of weakness. We endeavoured to get in as much PD as possible so that we...

Workshop Series for PCTs Really Hits the Mark

Beginning teachers need access to quality professional development. The first two years of registration are crucial in shaping a successful career in teaching and we see it as essential that PCTs get...

It Doesn't Happen Overnight!

It doesn’t happen overnight! It takes a leader of a committed, collegial and cohesive team to make even a good school great.School development is often driven by a disappointing ERO report. One school’...
Taitoko School Planning Session

A Strategic Approach to Professional Learning Development Has Results

Taitoko School is a school on the up and up. However, it hasn't always been easy and there have been many challenges. In particular, this decile 1 school in Levin has a history of low student...