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Effective pedagogy in English

The focus of any effective pedagogy is the students; all effective pedagogy begins with high expectations for every student:

Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tauhu koe me he maunga teitei.

Seek the pinnacle of your endeavour and, if you have to bow down, let it be to a lofty mountain.

When we have high expectations of them, our students are encouraged to make the pursuit of excellence a personal value, as envisaged by The New Zealand Curriculum (excellence involves “aiming high and … persevering in the face of difficulties”).

And it is by having high expectations of them that we encourage our students to become independent learners who are secure in their own identity, doing well academically, and succeeding as culturally located young people.

What will I find in this section?

The following sections of this guide discuss where the focus of effective pedagogy lies, introduce seven teacher actions known to promote student learning, and how assessment is used to further learning.

Last updated August 20, 2019