Pakuranga College use a co-constructivist model to teach and learn. This means students are able to work at a level which challenges them. Differentiation in the programmes of learning means that teachers and students are engaged in planning what subject activities will challenge the student. Enrichment and acceleration are available to students who are identified as needing these challenges to ensure that they reach their potential.
Optimal Learning Centre
Gifted and Talented Education is a strand of the Optimal Learning Centre, which had its inception in 2005.The Learning Centre, is responsible for quality learning programmes for students with special abilities. Working in conjunction with Heads of Departments, teachers and deans students are identified and an appropriate programme is put in place.
The process of identification involves testing, referral by teachers, parents, the students themselves and subject results. Both performance and potential are taken into consideration.
Programmes that are available to students are time management, how to be a successful learner, lateral thinking, using multiple intelligences, graphic organisers and successful study skills.
There is a committee which works together to shape the Gifted and Talented Education focus in the College. As this is an ever evolving area there is a professional development aspect included.
The coordinator of the Optimal Learning Centre is Adriel Chrisp. She can be contacted at 534 7159 ext 981.