Parent information evenings - cooking up a storm.
We have had two parent information evenings this week. The first one was about was about our school camps that are coming up in term 4 and the second was was around our play-based learning programme that we run in our year 0-2 learning hub.
Whilst the camp info evening was largely about the details the conversation drifted into the classroom pedagogy that we have in our two year 6-8 team taught classrooms. The conversation started because the camps that we are attending are catered so the children don't get to prepare food like they would have when their parents went to camp.
This was the perfect opportunity for our teachers to talk about the wonderful learning that they are doing in their classrooms with their Pop-Up Kitchen. Thanks to School Kit.
The learning through play info evening was also a huge success. Again I was extremely proud of our teachers who a truly passionate about the job that they do and the children that they work with. During our debrief we spoke about how we need to hold these kinds of evenings more often. Although they are time consuming and that they take valuable time away from our lovely families we couldnt help but notice how much time that they save. By this, I mean that our whanau can see that our practise is extremely well thought out and considered. That we are not teaching on a whim, and that everything that we do is in order to benefit our children's learning. By investing in this time our whanau begin to see that we are teaching and learning experts and, as a result, they trust us with their most precious taonga.
Thursday, 1 June 2017
In the term break I went to the University of Canterbury to do some learning about the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum. ...