Ngā Matapakinga | Discussion

    Tessa Gray
    Developing a home learning plan with a deep sense of humanity
    6 April
    Public discussion Created by Tessa Gray

    First of all, we hope your team, your loved ones, and you are all healthy. COVID-19 has certainly made waves all over the world, impacting many of our day-to-day lives in a very serious way. As we head into Week 3 of lockdown, the good thing about this online community, is that we can continue to support one another virtually, and now, more than ever, share knowledge and best practices so that we can quickly adapt to ever-changing circumstances. Kia kaha Aotearoa, we've got this!

    Interesting to see Perry Rush (President of New Zealand Principals’ Federation) implore us to consider a new way of working that is far from business as usual and reminds us that,

    We are experiencing an international health crisis of a magnitude unheralded in our lifetimes. It has the potential to change the way we live forever. Focusing on keeping teaching and learning going as it always has, is the wrong approach. To do so would be to miss understanding the emotional and psychological impact of this crisis on people…

    ...It is a time for you to metaphorically wrap your arms around the young people in your care and embrace their families too. https://nzpf.schoolzineplus.com/news?nid=48

    Perry Rush also reminds us, Our job at this time is to infuse any home learning plan with a deep sense of humanity and asks us to keep things simple and not to overcomplicate them. For more wellbeing support, please feel free to join, Mental wellness first aid group set up to support us all during this time. 

    Once school does start back, how do you plan to keep your families/whānau in mind, as well as yourself? What’s #1 nice way to help you/them manage this different way of working from home?

    Home office

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    Thanks Perry and Tessa.  I really hope that a significant number of teachers make the most of this opportunity to reflect on our practice and revisit our original reason for becoming teachers.  Was it really to get NCEA passes to make our school look good?  Putting students back at the centre of everything we do must be our goal.  We can each make a change, we don't need to wait for our school or our colleagues.  Simply putting stuff online to keep them busy isn't helpful.  If it wasn't appropriate for f2f it is most likely less appropriate for remote learning.

    - By BernieW
      • BernieW
        By BernieW
        Apr 6

        Thanks Perry and Tessa.  I really hope that a significant number of teachers make the most of this opportunity to reflect on our practice and revisit our original reason for becoming teachers.  Was it really to get NCEA passes to make our school look good?  Putting students back at the centre of everything we do must be our goal.  We can each make a change, we don't need to wait for our school or our colleagues.  Simply putting stuff online to keep them busy isn't helpful.  If it wasn't appropriate for f2f it is most likely less appropriate for remote learning.

        • Anne-Louise Robertson
          By Anne-Louise Robertson
          Apr 6

          It is a beautiful and heartwarming message and reaches right to the heart of  "He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata". 

          In our home we are trying to make time to spend with each other just chatting, walking, playing. It has been great to see our 20 year old, who has been practising 'self-isolation' for at least two years now,  emerge from his room to come for walks with us (we take a football with us!) rather than just to raid the fridge and go to work!

          What's hard - actually taking a break from work and moving around during the day and not letting work time bleed into evening time... so easy to just keep working when we should actually stop!

           

          • Phebs
            By Phebs
            Apr 6

            Ngā tino mihi kia Perry Rush mō ana whakaaro rangatira.

            I am so pleased and heartened to wake this morning to read these words and whakaaro from a true leader in todays COVID19 climate.

            This is truly our way forward with the schools, kaiako and whānau we engage with in navigating our way forward today and into our new future.

            Kia ū, kia maia, kia manawanui

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