After a short week due to Queen’s Birthday and the Teacher Only day, it was almost surprising when Friday arrived! The teacher only day was outstanding with a focus on the rapidly changing world we live in, massively interrupted by the incredible rate of development that technology is bringing about.
Changing trends in education are fed by many factors including technology, global warming and we are not always conscious of the changes as we are living through them, but in the years ahead as we reflect with hindsight, we will see how massive this time has been. Technology is creating a context for the future workforce that will see many jobs that currently contribute to our workforce becoming obsolete.
This raises some questions and considerations for us as teachers…
- What knowledge and skills are going to be useful in 20 years time?
- Routined jobs are becoming increasingly automated
- The world doesn’t care what you know but more what can you do with what you know
How do we educate kids to participate in a future job market that may require less human input due to automation? The job market will become increasingly competitive, less jobs for more workers! What are the jobs that are emerging?
Due to technology we are coming to a time when we may no longer be needed for our manual or mental labour…scary!
Another interesting discussion was about diversity. I did not know that Auckland is currently more diverse than London and categorised as one of the most diverse cities in the world. (Super diversity Stocktake – Mai Chen). Diversity enriches our community and when understood enables businesses to be more successful. We need to embrace diversity as an education system and understand what it means to be inclusive.
The old way of one teacher’s one way one class is becoming increasingly redundant. There is no one who has the ability to do this on their own, no matter how capable they are as a teacher.
Inclusive Learning Environments
We also talked about inclusive learning environments referring to the work of Todd Rose: one of the pioneers of universal design for learning – he talks about the “myth of average”. This means not planning at the “middle” but designing for diversity and variability.
When it comes to the brain, variability is the rule not the exception. If we liken it to foot size and designing an average shoe size for sprinters, this would be considered ridiculous. The sprinters that would be successful would be the ones with a foot the size of the average shoe. This is obvious because we could see the shoe, however, just because how someone learns is not obvious, it doesn’t mean that the same rule does not apply.
When we can see the variability, we design for it, and when we design for it we allow for the capacity to reach potential. What are the different elements of learning that we can’t see? What are the elements that we know are successful? Such as memory, language, knowledge, curiosity, vocabulary, interest, cognitive, etc.
This was a fantastic professional learning opportunity for our staff and was shared with three other schools. We invest in our own learning as teachers so that we can continue to challenge our thinking in order to provide learning opportunities for our children that allow them to “fly” in their futures.
Thank you to all the whanau for the donations of kai for our hangi last week. We had plenty of food to go around.
A special thank you to the parents who turned up to help with preparing the kai.
The biggest mihi of all goes out to ‘Matua Maurice’ and his whanau for coming to the rescue and transporting our kai to the marae when it was too wet to cook at school. He even took time to prepare the fire, cook the kai and deliver it back to us ready to serve for lunch. Nga mihi nui ki a koe mo to tautoko. Tu meke!
The tamariki enjoyed having a warm hangi to eat on a cold day. This was a nice way to celebrate Matariki. Check out the photos 🙂
WHOLE SCHOOL DISCO – Thursday 23 June 2016
Full details are out including flyers and permission slips. It is extremely important that the permission slips are returned to school. Children will not be able to attend the Disco without parent consent and a commitment to pick your child up at the end of the Disco. No child is allowed to leave the hall, walk home, or even out to meet their parent at a car. All children must be collected from the hall after the Disco is over. This is about their safety and we appreciate your understanding.
New Website and newsletter format
Remember to share with everyone you know about the newsletter format, we had a 50% open rate last week from 149 families and it would be great to grow this each week. Remember you can access the newsletter via an email link or directly through our website via the “Our school information” drop down menu.
Have a great week.
Nik House – Principal