Teach Better… the NZCALNE (Voc) Qualification


So even as the name of this qualification gets longer, my goal is to make it feel like the whole package just got more straightforward.

With that in mind, I’m looking at a couple of things. Here’s the first. I can’t change the long-winded qualification name, but I can rename and rebrand the course work.

I might change my mind, but for now, I’m calling this course by the following name:

  • You Can Teach Better

I’ll probably just abbreviate this to Teach Better. It’s still a focus on embedding literacy and numeracy. It’s still supportive of the same infrastructure. Still all the same good stuff from ALEC and lots of new content as well.

Try it out:

Have you signed up to Teach Better this year?

You should really register to Teach Better on Pathways Awarua?

Enrol with ALEC to Teach Better in 2017

It’s still the NZCALNE (Voc) which replaces the current NCALNE (Voc) – that replaced the original NCALE (Voc).

I just wanted a better way to talk about it since the trend is towards longer and longer acronyms. IRHA (I Really Hate Acronyms).

This change means three syllables instead of about 18 + syllables. Count them out. You know you want to (I don’t know whether to count the syllables when I say “bracket” or “slash” out loud). Happy to stand corrected…

The other thing is a simplified structure for course delivery and assessment tasks. Here’s the beta version.

  1. Context
  2. Approaches
  3. Demands
  4. Strategies
  5. Before
  6. Teaching
  7. After

I’m not saying there ain’t some complexity wrapped up in there somewhere. But I’m committed to a simplified approach this year for my learners – the tutors.

Let me know what you think. I’ll be posting a breakdown of these seven areas to follow shortly plus new Assessment tasks. After that

I’ll be posting a breakdown of these seven areas to follow shortly plus new Assessment tasks. After that, I’ll be working on all new content.

Feel free to chime in at any time and tell me what I should or shouldn’t be working on. This is a collaborative venture and I’d love you to be involved.


Author: Graeme Smith

Education, technology, design. Also making cool stuff...

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