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4 ways to school kit

1. You get a kit.

For lots of School Kit members the first time they encounter School Kit is by registering for one of our free School Kits. Our kits come with a teacher guide and a pack of free items that you use to teach a concept from the curriculum.

Our kits are always free but they do come with certain conditions.  Most often you'll be asked to return an image, a flipgrid, a sample of student work or a professional response regarding your learning experience within a certain timeframe. Conditions are clearly outlined at the point of registration and you'll need to use your own judgement in regards to whether the kit suits you.


2. We meet.

We visit your school, your classroom, run a planning session or catch up with you at a conference with one of our famous green envelopes (we visit 800 schools a year).

Our green envelope is like a sampler pack of our current opportunities – watch your inbox though because you’ll also receive a follow up set of resource samples and links.


3. You DIY.

Perhaps you're shy but most probably you're an educational professional, you know what you want and you don't need to talk to us. Select the Resources tab and you'll see all our resources available as free downloads and sent to your inbox with one click.  Treat it like you would an online store but with nothing to pay at checkout.  Customise your resource pack to your heart's content and return as many times as you wish - our resources will always be free. 

We have had so many requests asking for our Fact Sheets as hard copy documents that we have finally relented.  All School Kit Fact Sheets are now available for purchase.  We'll send you beautiful copies of our Fact Sheets in A2 or A3 ready for you to use in your classroom.  We print on demand which means we don't have to cut down any more trees than we need to.   


4. YOU ASK

Tell us what you’re teaching (next week, next term or next year) and we’ll put together a customised selection of resources, opportunities, freebies, fact sheets and connections that suit your requirements. As well as matching our resources and connections to your programme, we'll also use our contacts to find industry experts and real life experiences that we think could also add value. 

And because we know what you like to teach and how you like to teach it, if something really cool comes up that we think your students might love, we'll make sure you get first dibs.

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Resources

Collections of beautiful content, links, readings and apps in easy to read one page documents. Here's the skinny on what we mean when we say Teacher Guide and Fact Sheet

 
 
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Fact Sheets

Call it compelling content, call it great design, call it essential NZ information... just please don't call it a poster.  Our Fact Sheets are beautiful summaries of core facts you as a teacher need to get to grips with a concept.  Sometimes they are a PhD melted down to student level; sometimes they're a series of statistics that are difficult to gather together.  Teachers use them myriad different ways from digitally as thing-links to hand outs as fact checks.  Essentially they are timesavers - we've done the research for you and put it together in one, easy to read, infographic style, comprehensive, evidence based Fact Sheet. Fact Sheets are now available in hard copy should you choose to use them for a classroom makeover.

 
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Teacher Guides

One page. No mucking around. Hyperlinked. Action driven. For the teacher not for the student. Curriculum Linked. Cross Curricular. Suggested student levels.  No worksheets; No workbooks; No word-finds and No Design a Poster. Plain English. Outside the box ideas. Associated Pinterest Board. Our Find, Apply, Produce Pedagogy. Not A to B teaching. Suggested Apps and Platforms. Utilises Bloom's teaching verbs. SAMR Model consistent. Key Words and Concepts. Te Marautanga o Aotearoa consistent. Every underline links to a resource. NZ Curriculum Principles and Values. Curated content. ZEPA Model focussed. Unconventional mix of learning areas. Assumes teachers are professionals.

 
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Pinterest Boards

Every resource we produce has a Pinterest Board attached to it. At School Kit HQ we use Pinterest to discover new ideas and find inspiration for our next resource kit.  Each pin is an idea that helps us get creative or try something new. Pins are saved to boards, keeping our ideas organised and easy to find.  Each Resource Kit we produce has a corresponding Pinterest Board which contains a whole heap of extra ideas, content, research and starter ideas to take your teaching even further. Basically we've done the research for you and collated it together in one easy to see visual summary. Check them out - they're worth a peruse.

Our pedagogy

Every School Kit teacher resource is divided into three parts - Find, Apply, Produce.  We developed our model in an effort to provide teachers with innovative teaching ideas that were robustly integrated with opportunities for authentic use of online sources for learning.

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Find

For us this phase is all about gather the content, up-skilling yourself and your students on the content knowledge and the background of your theme or concept. This often includes a essay or short video/documentary on the concept for your own professional learning for you as the teacher.  The Find section will always include suggestions of unconventional ways to gather, research, fact check, share and summarise information on your underlying theme or concept.

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Apply

This phase of our pedagogy is about investigating your theme or concept via an aspect of the curriculum. We aim for an unconventional mix of learning areas and investigation of a curriculum area that allows for multiple outcomes and iterations.  Remember every underline is a hyperlink and so expect to be given multiple options for tangents your students' learning journey could travel.

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Produce

These aren't A to B teaching resources. We consider teachers to be professionals who don't need step by step guidance.  The Produce phase of our pedagogy is a series of ideas about how you could evidence this learning by way of your students producing something entirely new.  No design a poster or writing an essay here. Our Produce section is all about students having the autonomy to imagine a project that evidences the skills or knowledge gained from the Apply section.