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28 July 2017

posted 27 Jul 2017, 15:34 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 27 Jul 2017, 19:02 ]
Nau mai, Haere mai - Welcome back!

We are certainly looking forward to a great 10 weeks of opportunity! 

I came across a wonderful clip from 1950 during the break - all about how education was changing, becoming more focussed on developing curiosity and independence of thought... fast forward to 2017! Interesting! I'd suggest a viewing, we wouldn't consider some of these practices to be hygienic or that 'politically correct' these days, but the sentiments are very similar! 

What is considered good teaching practice has gone through many changes in the 30 years I've been involved in the business. As we continue to know more, as new research comes to light the emphasis on where to put the energy can change. What hasn't changed is the relationships teachers need with children and the necessity to 'know the learner'. 

For this to work, it's the relationships teachers also have with the learners' parents that are going to make a big difference. You know them best! 

In the first term we had the Goal Setting Meetings, last term we had the Progress Meetings, this term we have small group Student Led Conferences and next term the final Reporting on Progress Meeting for the year and another written report. (Schedules are a bit different in Autahi.) As well as these 4 formal times, we have a host of other opportunities to get to learn more..... some of these can also occur from the comfort of your own home or workplace via technology - Seesaw or Blogs, weekly Newsletters and website.

So, whilst some things seem similar to the archived film from 1950, the emphasis on parent involvement in children's education has most definitely moved forward.

We look forward to connecting in a whole smorgasbord of ways again this term and in the words of Milton Berle, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door", in other words - if you need to chat, make an appointment to see your child's base group teacher - please don't wait!