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Our School Pedagogy
What do we believe about teaching & learning! 

By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn”.

Hattie’s research shows that what we do as teachers in the classroom has the greatest impact on student achievement compared to other factors such as the student’s home life, class size, resources, ethnicity, decile of the school, or friends etc.  

30% of student success is the effective teaching in the classroom.  What we do each day determines whether or not the students will be prepared for their future.

At Tamatea Intermediate we strive to provide high quality teaching and learning programmes. We will use a range of effective strategies and approaches which deliver quality learning and teaching to ensure that students in our classrooms leave our school as successful learners.  This requires us to have a clear understanding of what students current learning needs are and plan and deliver programmes to meet these needs.  Our role as educators is to enthuse, engage and enrich our student’s learning.

We will plan deliberate acts of teaching to ensure that students are aware of the teaching and learning process.  This will enable our students to understand the learning intentions and success criteria.  It will empower our students to reflect upon their learning and assist teachers identify specific learning needs. 

There are three key inter-related areas that we are continuing to focus on which all fall under the vision of fostering a ‘quality teaching and learning environment that successfully supports and engages students.

  1. Student Engagement with their learning
    Personalisation of learning (learning approaches and learning environments) 
    Digital learning
  2. Raising Achievement in Maths and Literacy
  3. Fostering positive learning relationships

Increasingly we are expanding a learning approach called:

‘Learning My Way’.

The thought process behind ‘Learning My Way’ - personalised learning in an increasingly digital environment’ is a focus on the Key Competency - Managing Self. Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable and resilient.  They establish personal goals, make plans, manage project and set high expectation.  By empowering students in their own learning they become actively engaged in their learning.  Tailoring or Personalising the learning environment helps create this opportunity.  Digital learning can be a catalyst and motivational tool for helping create this change.

The overall assumption is that this approach will lead to an increase in student achievement. 

Essentially this is an example of ‘Teaching as Inquiry’ where the teachers review, refine and critique their own teaching approaches in a continuous development cycle.

Our goal is that all students will leave our school with the following attributes:

Willingly engage in their learning.

  • Be literate and numerate.

  • Be confident speakers and communicators.

  • Be competitive, able to set high standards and have high expectations.

  • Able to work individually and in a team.


ERO Report 2014

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