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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Book 13: The strands of Te Whāriki: Exploration – Ngā taumata whakahirahira ki Te Whāriki: Mana Aotūroa

Introduction - He kupu whakataki

"Teaching children as young as kindergarten age to question relentlessly and learn from their failures is the key to producing world-class scientists … We must stimulate the asking of questions by young people so they grow up in an environment that encourages scientific questioning … The education system must also help young people develop resilience in the face of repeated failure … It is so important to keep trying and trying." 1

This book collects together early childhood exemplars that illustrate the assessment of learning that is valued within the curriculum strand of Exploration/Mana Aotūroa, keeping in mind that:

"Exemplars are examples of assessments that make visible learning that is valued so that the learning community (children, families, whānau, teachers, and beyond) can foster ongoing and diverse learning pathways." 2

Although these exemplars are viewed through an Exploration/Mana Aotūroa lens, in many cases the lens of another strand could have been used. The principle of Holistic Development or Kotahitanga set out in Te Whāriki is a reminder that the curriculum “strands” are a construction, and in any episode of a child’s learning, these areas are inextricably intertwined and interconnected.

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