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Ministry of Education.

Focusing inquiry: Know your goals

Learning about my students' needs

What is important (and therefore worth spending time on), given where my students are at? This focusing inquiry establishes a baseline and a direction. The teacher uses all available information to determine what their students have already learned and what they need to learn next.

Key questions

  • What school goals, targets, or priorities do we need to consider?
  • What about our own department goals, targets, or priorities?
  • What moderation processes do we need to plan for?

Why are these questions important?

Planning needs to align with and be informed by school and department goals and targets (for example, the targets to achieve success for Māori as listed in Ka Hikitia — Ka Hāpaitia). Also consider what priorities may have been set (for example, to focus on inquiry as a way of learning).

Useful resources

Your school’s:

  • strategic plan and goals
  • annual operational plan
  • professional learning plan
  • appraisal processes and goals
  • moderation processes

Published on: 13 Oct 2015