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How to read an exemplar

Layout of an exemplar page, part 1

The learner, along with how and what they are learning, is the focus
– at the heart of teaching and learning.

Each exemplar is put together like a story: it has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

  • The beginning is the overview page which includes the connections to New Zealand Curriculum online (exemplar wheel), the student’s background information, learning environment and the number of learning stories.
Layout of an exemplar page, part 2
  • The middle consists of the individual learning stories Each learning story includes analysis, links to key competencies and learning areas ending with Where to next? suggestions for future teaching and learning.
Reflection page from Caleb makes friends
  • The end provides a summary and a reflection on what the story or stories demonstrate - includes commentary connecting the teacher practice in the learning stories to effective pedagogy in  New Zealand Curriculum online

Each learning story is unique and will look different from one setting to another.

For example, some learning stories make use of explicit and detailed descriptions of key competencies while others express the competencies more broadly.