Teaching & Learning in the New Zealand Curriculum
For schools and teachers new learning possibilities are being encouraged. Research tells us that students learn best when teachers: create a supportive learning environment; encourage reflective thought and action; enhance the relevance of new learning; facilitate shared learning; make connections to prior learning and experience; provide sufficient opportunities to learn; make teaching as inquiry.
The New Zealand Curriculum recommends the model of teacher as facilitator, as learning coach, no longer the traditional style of lecturer, pouring content and knowledge into young people. This means that the college will engage in more student group work, student research/inquiry, individual learning programmes with experts from beyond the classroom and many different resources and topics.