Teaching as Inquiry ( NZC, p.35)

"Often in our classrooms we get so busy planning for and managing the lessons we do with our students that we don’t allow ourselves time to reflect. Charles Handy makes the following observation: "In order to find some answers, people have to draw back from life occasionally, to concentrate on the things that really matter. When people are very busy they lose themselves in their busy-ness and are unaware of anything, apart from the little bit of the world they are occupying. This is when it is necessary to use the arts of different sorts to help us step back and recover our perspective." Taking the time to reflect critically on the things we are doing in our classrooms is perhaps the most effective thing we can do to ensure that what we are doing is having the desired outcomes, and is changing our practice in the ways we want it to." (Wenmoth, 2007)
Download article


Effective pedagogy - Teacher actions promoting student learning

e-Learning and pedagogy
Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the above section. Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning.

e-Learning: Teaching as Inquiry

View and download a copy of e-Learning-Teaching as Inquiry and explore Teaching as Inquiry snapshots and reflections.

Click here

For instance, e-learning may:
Examples you may want to explore or consider:
Assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
Virtual Field trips - Learnz
Free, fully supported, interactive student experiences PLUS the largest collection of New Zealand, contemporary digital resources for education. More.
New Zealand teachers and students are using online environments to support their learning for a variety of purposes. Browse through this list of wikis and select one to take some time to explore. Consider key ideas from the NZC2007.
nzedublogs classes and students using wikis
Reflection from Karen at Tamaki College on their use of online spaces to support learning.
Facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom
Blogs and wikis:
Tamaki College - Sharing student learning online with the wider community
Bucklands Beach Intermediate Collaborative Writing
KatiKati College A blog for English students at Katikati College
Wellington College - Girven Library Blog.
Milford School - ESOL students blog
NZedublogs list- More examples of how NZ teachers and students are using online spacers to share their learning
Assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
DigiStore - This is the New Zealand gateway to the collection of quality digital content (learning objects and digital resources)
Forgot Password? Email Fiona or Sophie
Ministry for Culture and Heritage - Online resources to help make New Zealand culture visible and accessible.

Software for Learning: How students have used digital storytelling in learning languages. This wiki includes a number of stories from teachers who are integrating e-learning.
Enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.
Social Bookmarking Fiona's online bookmarks here
Examples of how teachers have used social bookmarking to support organise and access learning objects:
Read article Sharing our Stories here and access exmaples
Datprojector - used with many of the examples above a dataprojector can provide students and teachers with opportunities to both collaborate and demonstrate learning experiences.

Video - TED Talks a huge range of "inspired talks by the world's leading thinkers and doers" that can be used to challenge, promote dialogue, compare and contrast, stretch thinking etc in with your students.

Real-time collaboration. EtherPad lets multiple people work on the same text simultaneously.

Web 2.0 Tools - There are a varirty of Web 2.0 tools that can be utilised to support specific learning outcomes. Once you have identified your inquiry focus the PLC can support you to identify a specific tool and strategy. To search for recommended software and see examples of use to support teaching and learning visit:

Software for Learning Ministry of Education
Educational Software and Web 2. by Suzi Vesper ( Includes a handy search field)
CoolToolsForSchools by Lenva Shearing
Educational Origami by Andrew Churches
Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day A daily item of e-learning interest selected by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner from College@Home
Further resources and links can be accessed from individual association websites and wikis:
Technology TechLink
Maths Auckland Maths wiki