Kei Tua o te Pae

Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars is a best-practice guide that will help teachers continue to improve the quality of their teaching.

The exemplars are a series of books that will help teachers to understand and strengthen children's learning. It also shows how children, parents and whānau can contribute to this assessment and ongoing learning.

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Reflective questions – He pātai hei whakaaro iho

  • What do we understand by "assessment for learning"?
  • In what way do the metaphors for learning in Hirini Melbourne's E Tipu e Rea relate to the assessment practice in our setting?
  • In what way might assessment for learning in early childhood settings support Mason Durie’s broad goals of education for Māori?
  • How does the description of assessment for learning as "noticing, recognising, and responding" compare with our understanding of it?
  • To what extent are our assessment practices designed to be “for learning”? How do we use assessment to enrich the children’s learning?
  • How is the sharing of undocumented noticing, recognising, and responding supported in our early childhood setting?
  • How do our assessment practices help the children to see themselves as competent and confident learners?
  • In what ways do our assessment practices highlight the learning going on in the everyday events and activities that children experience?
  • How do we acknowledge that children's multiple learning pathways are frequently uncharted and unpredictable?
  • How do we reflect the complexity of the children’s learning in our assessment practices?