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13 March 2020

posted 12 Mar 2020, 13:50 by Carolyn Brett
Mā te rongo, ka mōhio 
Mā te mōhio, ka mārama 
Mā te mārama, ka mātau 
Mā te mātau, ka ora

Through perception comes awareness 
Through awareness comes understanding
Through understanding comes knowledge
Through knowledge comes wellbeing

There are not many professions where you would be expected to be responsible day and night  in 24 hour shifts for others. This is why Camp is a big ask of staff and why not everyone offers or is able to commit to providing children with this experience. It's an experience we continue to embrace as we have witnessed first hand the delight of a child having a first time success, of getting over fear, of leading in an area they may not have before, of forming new relationships, of increasing their independence, of building rapport with teachers and parents in a different setting, of having a cool environment to explore...... the list goes on. All children bring something different away from a Camp experience with them, all grow in richness, all have a story to share. Some may appreciate home comforts that little bit more!

Once children get to overnight in Years 5 and 6, it is just a hop, skip and jump until intermediate and secondary school. A few more blinks and school life is over.  So, an overnight at this age is an important step - a rite of passage almost on their way forward.

Sitting behind all of this is a pile of risk management, safety plans, behavioural plans (for teachers!), health documents...... piles of information. It's a big exercise in itself, many hours of thought and preparation. Not every child will get the cabin they want, not every child will complete the activity they want, not every child will sail through the 3 days smoothly. This, after all, is good preparation for life! It's what we do when things don't work out that is a major factor in how we navigate. We do a lot of teaching about Optimism, Hope, Perseverance - GRIT. 

An expert on this topic, Angela Duckworth, has done a pile of research into GRIT and its connection with achievement. GRIT is what we want for our tamariki - so, as parents and educators, we need to watch them get things wrong, make mistakes, poor choices and bumble the odd friendship or two. It can be hard to watch but we must guide from the side for them to learn and grow........... and achieve.

Angela's Research:
"My research focuses on two traits that predict achievement: grit and self-control. Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals (Duckworth et al., 2007). Self-control is the voluntary regulation of impulses in the presence of momentarily gratifying temptations (Duckworth & Seligman, 2005; Duckworth & Steinberg, 2015). On average, individuals who are gritty are more self-controlled, but the correlation between these two traits is not perfect: Some individuals are paragons of grit but not self-control, and some exceptionally well-regulated individuals are not especially gritty (Duckworth & Gross, 2014)."

You may like to try the GRIT test for yourself?

Here's to thinking about grit and self-control this weekend!
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