Our Pedagogical Practice


Our school embraces Innovative learning pedagogy which incorporates responsive teaching practice, ākonga ownership of learning, high levels of engagement, authentic contexts, the development of learner capabilities and the strategic use of digital technologies to connect, create and share learning.

Innovative pedagogy is an improved approach to teaching and learning and is part of a New Zealand and worldwide change in education based on research. It builds on the things we already do well while continuing direct teaching in reading, writing and mathematics.

At Kohimarama we embed the following innovative teaching and learning practices.

  • Integrated curriculum
  • Co constructed curriculum 
  • Agentic learning
  • Student Initiated Learning 
  • Authenticity of learning through the following pathway

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  • Blended approach of technology and traditional  coupled with digital literacy
  • Collaborative Inquiry 
  • Problem Based Learning 
  • Flexible grouping and Individualised Learning

What does this mean for Ākonga:

  • More say in what, when and where they learn
  • More opportunities to collaborate with each other 
  • Greater engagement in learning 
  • Independence in working 
  • Development of self management, problem solving and self regulation skills
  • Greater choice in how they share their learning 
  • Improved self awareness of own learning and what they still need to learn

What does this mean for Kaiako 

  • Knowledge of their student’s strengths, needs and interests
  • Careful planning and assessment 
  • Targeted teaching 
  • Assessment for Learning practices - close monitoring of student progress and achievement