I want kids to grow knowing that they are creators of awesome, that their voice is important and that they can put a ding in the universe. (Steve Jobs)
I want them to dream things never dreamt before and create lollipop moments along the way.
Albert Einstein famously said "...one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. "
We can teach children to think of others, see the bigger picture and become effective global collaborators.
We can do this through the development of a classroom culture of empathy, tolerance and sharing. We can do this through emphasising creative outcomes. We can do this by concentrating our efforts as teachers, on the important skills of initiative, connection and challenge.
Our NZ curriculum holds the power in the form of Key Competencies.
- take an active role in decisions about the content, process, and assessment of learning
- take an active role in learning
- wait less, and learn more
- be interested in their learning
- feel empowered to make suggestions
- ask questions of themselves, the teacher, and others
During 2013 I aim to explore all possibilities of students becoming effective partners in their learning process, with a stronger personal voice, that raises learning achievement outcomes.
Students will document and share their learning process and reflect on goals and achievements to be able to identify their next learning steps.