The teachers are all undertaking coaching professional development at the moment. Each teacher has a personal inquiry / action research project which they formulate in order to help them become more effective in some aspect of their teaching. We use a model of teachers acting as coaches for other teachers throughout the year as they work on their inquiries so it was timely to have external facilitators come in and lead development around coaching.
Just as we differentiate learning for our children, the coaching professional development was aligned with the needs of our teachers. There was a group of teachers who had never undertaken coaching professional development, then a group who did a coaching course in 2017 but wanted a refresher and then there was a group who are more experienced at coaching, but wanted our skills honed. It was a great day. We are having our second session early in term 3.
One little gem that stood out from a coach’s perspective was the word ‘try’. As part of the coaching conversation, we were urged to look out for our coachee using the word ‘try’ as in, ‘I’ll try to have that done by the end of the week’.
When the word ‘try’ is used in conjunction with an action, it immediately gives the person an out. “Well, I tried, but I was just too busy to fit it in’. It is the perfect excuse. I tried but…… you can add any action you like to that statement. I tried but I got sick. I tried but I ran out of time. I tried but I couldn’t get my laptop working. I tried but Mum asked me to set the table so I didn’t have time to finish it.
As a coach, we are questioning, and through this, once the person being coached has identified an action they could take in order to get improvement, we need them to commit to the action fully by adding in a time frame. It is not enough to commit to ‘trying’ to get it completed in that time frame, but they ‘will’ get it completed.
If we want our children to take complete ownership of an action, we need for them to understand that ‘try’ isn’t an option. It needs to be replaced with ‘I will….’ When children are setting goals, teachers look very carefully at the language used. Actually, it is the same in all aspects of our life – ‘will’ is a commitment, ‘try’ allows for wriggle room!
Union Meeting Wednesday 27 June
Parents are urged to collect their children at 12.30 as the teachers will be attending a union meeting that afternoon. There are not enough teachers remaining at school to be able to supervise any children not collected. I understand that Bizzybods will be opening at 12.30.
Student – Parent – Teacher Interviews
These are scheduled for Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July. Please log on to book a time. Remember:
- Children must attend as they are leading the interview
- You will not get reports as you’ve known them in the past, you’ll get a statement of progress against NZ Curriculum level expectations
- The child is at the centre of their learning, so you will hear about progress, next steps, goals etc from your child at the interview
The PTS funds raised from the bake sale this year are being put towards a beautiful mural to go along the fence in the driveway coming from Victoria Avenue into dragon drive. This is already underway and will be finished and erected early next term. It is so great to have these funds go towards something to make our school look more beautiful. Thank you everyone for supporting the bake sale.
You will have seen that the lavender and rosemary hedge beside the courts has been pulled out. This is in preparation for the new playground being installed late July. We can’t wait!