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29 July 2016

posted 28 Jul 2016, 15:45 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 28 Jul 2016, 15:46 ]
Nau mai Haere mai to the second half of the school year!

Many of you are familiar with our 'local' WBS curriculum, which sits underneath the wider NZ Curriculum Framework. It's a document that we are all very proud of and I had great joy sharing it with colleagues in Australia recently. Please see:

https://drive.google.com/a/worserbay.school.nz/file/d/0B08HkJ7c_LC7ZlFrTGFyT0ZzVllYMnozNVJ3dkxISkg3QVJF/view

I also had the school's vision of:
  • the whole child
  • knowledge building and inquiry
  • embracing collaborative learning
ringing loudly and vibrantly in my head when I was listening to the interview with Professor Yong Zhao on National Radio last week. Yong Zhao has long been a bit of a favourite, I find him motivating. 

Yong Zhao is not a fan of National Standards. He always makes that very clear! Our belief has always been they are here...... it's legislation, so let's go with it and make sure our curriculum isn't narrowed because of them. Sometimes this is more difficult to do in reality, however. I'm hoping we don't view them as a ceiling (see below).

Some key points from the interview:
Are we counting what matters? Are we focussed on letting children do what they are good at? Why are the 'basics' the ceiling and not the floor? 
Yong Zhao goes on to chat about the need to focus on personal growth of individual children as learning is not linear and their pace is different. Basically we are all so different and something doesn't grow by assessing it all the time........ we are stifling children's growth. He talks about standards describing the past, how strengths need to be tapped into, uniqueness valued and the focus on what an individual can do rather than what they cannot do.

Back to our vision - Yong Zhao talked of collaboration being key. He talked about the 'Global Competence' required to live in an interconnected and interdependent world. We need to provide opportunities for our children to work with, for and from others......... not just in the same geographical location.

We are well on the way!

You may like to listen to the full interview here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201808957/reframing-education-outcomes

Here's to a full and engaging term of learning.
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