Created for teachers, by teachers

November 2017

 

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A4Plus might sound like a strange size for a school exercise book – but not to Kiwi teachers or their students. 

Teachers involved in the design of the Warwick ‘My Learning’ range of school exercise books suggested that while teachers want an ‘oversized book’ into which they can glue A4 sheets, the current product that was available in the market was too large to fit in a standard Kiwi school bag, let alone a tote tray or storage unit. And so the A4Plus size was chosen.

Similarly, teachers spoke up about the time wasted spent dotting every second line manually so that early literacy level students knew to skip a line to give space for corrections and rework. As a result, two of the new Warwick literacy books are second line dotted.

It was this level of detail and insider knowledge that informed the specifications for the
‘My Learning’ range. In designing the range, Croxley Stationery enlisted the expertise of educational consultancy partnership Tools4Teachers, which specialise in the development of classroom resources. Together they engaged two teams of teachers from various year levels and school deciles. Across multiple focus groups, both teams were tasked with reviewing products currently available in the market, with the intention of creating a brief for their perfect literacy, maths and multipurpose exercise books.

The result is a series of robust literacy and maths books that suit the needs of New Zealand educators and students.

For a start, they’re up to surviving the daily ‘in and out of the book bag’ routine, thanks to four-staple binding and a durable gloss-laminated front and back cover with paper that’s up to 65 per cent thicker than an average exercise book.

The reference material included in each book is relevant and simple; teacher focus groups suggested that bold, overpowering illustration and text might distract students. For example,
My Everyday Exercise Book has a prefix and suffix chart, map of New Zealand and a list of academic words. Similarly, My Literacy Book 1 has beginner learning goals, beginner word cards, days of the week (in English and Māori) and an illustrated alphabet chart, while My Maths Book 1 has beginner addition, doubles, fractions, shapes and even a ‘write and wipe’ digital/analogue clock face.

Judging from the initial feedback, it sounds like Kiwi teachers are fans already.

“These would be a super-dooper handy tool for kids; great layout and easy to use. I love the fact that they cover so many essential tools for a wide range of learners. Central School New Plymouth would rock these! Being Warwick brand too, they would be very durable!” says Jo Ross, commenting on Facebook.

Vanita Narsai from Otahuhu Primary likes the way the books say ‘My’ in their titles. “It makes the students have ownership over their books,” she shares.

The range also gets the environmental tick, carrying FSC certification.


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