Looking at the big picture: Identifying key literacy and numeracy demands

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Getting started the right way

So far, what we’ve covered is the basics of what you need to know about your context and approaches. There’s still plenty more to learn and know, but from here the focus is more on things you need to do.

We like to start this part of the training with the following Whakatauki or proverb

Ma te mahi ka mohio,
ma te mohio ka marama,
ma te marama ka matatau

Do you know what this means? Do you recognise any of the words?

Here’s one translation in English:

Through practice comes knowledge,
through knowledge comes understanding,
through understanding comes expertise.

Another way of thinking about this is that you need to do the work before you can really understand and apply something. In this next section, you’ll learn more about a framework we use for embedding literacy and numeracy called the Learning Progressions.

While it’s possible to have an academic understanding of this framework by reading about it, we think a better approach is just to have a play with it and figure out how to use it. It’s this kind of learning by doing that we want to encourage for both you and for your learners.

Author: Graeme Smith

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

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