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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Belonging situated within rules, rights, and responsibilities

  • The meeting
    • 12 May

      This morning Isaac came to me and said, “We need to have a meeting for boys only. We want to plan something only for boys.”

      “Sounds like a good idea,” I said. “When would you like to have the meeting?”

      “Today,” responded Isaac. “What time?” I asked. “Nine o’clock,” said Karl.

      “Well, we have already had nine o’clock, today,” I said. “How about twelve-thirty this morning? After we’ve tidied up?”

      “Yes. That will be okay,” said Isaac.

      “You’ll need a notice so that all the boys know about the meeting,” I said.

      Isaac found a piece of A3 paper and a felt-tip pen.

      “Do you want me to write it or do you want to write it yourself?” I asked.

      “You write it on a piece of paper, and I’ll copy it,” he said.

      Isaac wrote on the paper and then stuck it to the front door.

      I discovered later that Ben had copied it as well.

      A bit later, Douglas told Sue, “I’m going to join the girls’ club because the boys’ group is going to do things that my mum will not be pleased about.”

      Sue asked, “What are they going to do?”

      Douglas said, “Hit each other, so I will join the girls’ club.”

      Child's written note

  • Fergus and William take their folders outside
    • 21 October

      Today I was sitting at the puzzle table and several children were looking through their folders. Fergus was watching the other children and then asked me to help him look for his folder.

      “Where’s my folder? I’ve got two folders now, cause Mum paid for another one,” he said.

      He found both folders and got out his new one first. “Where’s my other one?” he asked. “Cause this one’s only got one page and I want to look through my other one.”

      Fergus found his folder, and then he and William went and sat at the table together. I observed the boys from the puzzle table, and they were both busily looking back and forth through their folders.

      I then went to join them and listened to their conversation.

      “You’ve got one of those Māori ones, William. No, not there, but back there – turn the pages.”

      “Hey, yeah! Look, there you are, Fergus, on the stage.”

      “That’s when we went to the museum,” replied Fergus.

      Both boys glanced at the two photos, which were very similar.

      “But they’re not the same, that’s the one when we were in the spaceship,” said Fergus, pointing to the photo in William’s folder.

      Both boys then closed their folders and tucked them under their arms. Fergus asked, “Is it all right if we take them outside?”

      “Well, if it was my nice book, I wouldn’t take it outside,” replied Anne.

      “Well, Shelley does sometimes – takes books outside,” replied Fergus.

      “Well, it’s your book, so it’s your decision,” replied Anne.

      Both boys ran off with their books tucked under their arms.