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Sustainability in Early Childhood

Everyday sustainability in early childhood education

The early years curriculum requires us to incorporate sustainability into early childhood education. Authors Sally Sneddon and Anne Pettit show how this role is a natural and valuable fit in early childhood settings, with benefits all round.

inclusive learning environment

Creating an inclusive learning environment

Early childhood learning environments in New Zealand should reflect the diverse abilities of our children. Let’s explore the considerations for creating an inclusive learning environment.

teaching media literacy

Four fun activities for teaching media literacy

To be connected and active citizens requires our students to be media literate. Giving our students opportunities to access, analyse and evaluate media today prepares them for tomorrow. Try our activities for teaching media literacy to support their learning.

Unpacking peer mentoring programs

Unpacking peer mentoring programs

Peer mentoring programs can be incredibly meaningful in ways that extend beyond secondary school. Read our blog to explore the value of peer mentoring.

A to Z of Essential Resources

The A to Z of Essential Resources

To celebrate 2023, here is the A to Z of Essential Resources. We’re highlighting our top new releases, some long-time favourites, and the unique service we provide. Enjoy!

SOLO Taxonomy

How to use SOLO Taxonomy in the classroom

It may be baby steps at first, but soon it will be strides. First Steps with SOLO Taxonomy shows primary and secondary school teachers how to implement this powerful model of learning.

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories resources from Essential Resources

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories primary resources

Aotearoa New Zealand and You and Discovering Aotearoa New Zealand – two series of engaging Aotearoa New Zealand Histories resources that align with the refreshed curriculum and create meaningful learning.

Narrative Writing

Inspiring ideas to help students with narrative writing

Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of picture books and educational texts. Her background is primary school teaching, with a special interest in writing and reading processes. She offers an insider’s guide to narrative writing.

Explicit Teaching works

Explicit teaching works

Dr Helen Walls, The Writing Teacher, explains why we should move away from constructivism and towards explicit teaching.

Music resources in Primary school

How to teach music using music resources in primary schools

Including music as a meaningful part of the curriculum can be challenging, particularly for those teachers unfamiliar with the subject. We draw on our primary school music resources to bring you easy and engaging activities to incorporate music into your classroom.

Integrating EYLF and NQS with Susie Rosback

How to integrate the EYLF and NQS into your program

Putting the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS) into action is something educators grapple with daily. Read on to gain insights from Susie Rosback into how you can program with the EYLF and NQS.

Start at sentence level for writing success

Start at sentence level for writing success

Sentence structure is a key component of teaching writing at primary school. Following the release of How to Teach Writing, Spelling and Grammar, author Christine Braid explains how to build sentence knowledge clause by clause.

Building oral language skills in the early years

Building oral language skills in the early years

Building oral language skills is a crucial part of learning in the early years. Yet the traditional ‘adult-led’ talk sessions can stifle opportunities for children to develop their language skills. So, what are some ideas for teaching oral language?

early literacy activities

Three ideas for teaching early literacy skills

There are countless ways to teach early literacy skills. Today we will outline just three. These activities create enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences for developing early literacy experiences.

Five ways to help students struggling with essay writing

Five ways to help students struggling with essay writing

“As cognitively demanding as chess”. Essay writing in secondary school English is a challenge. Particularly so for students struggling with literacy skills. This blog outlines five ways to support struggling students with essay writing.

How to build confidence in struggling readers

How to build confidence in struggling readers

Few skills are more important in today’s world than reading. Yet, even though it is crucial, reading literacy has tracked downwards in New Zealand in the last 20 years. So how can we support struggling readers and build reading confidence?

Assessment as Learning

Assessment as learning

Author Bridie Raban discusses how assessment as learning can help to identify where children are in their learning, development and wellbeing and how they can move forward.

The Top 22 Teacher Resources of 2022

The Top 22 Teacher Resources of 2022

The end of the year is upon us and what a year it has been. We wanted to say thank you for all your support and share with you the highlights of our year and the top 22 teacher resources of 2022, as decided by you!

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How to Teach Writing, Spelling and Grammar

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Building Social and Emotional Skills and Wellbeing

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Cultural and Social Inclusion

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Foundations of Communication, Language and Literacy