It was great to see so many of you come along to listen and participate with your child as they outlined their learning and achievements this year. I know that for many of you, having your child share their learning rather than you and the teacher chatting about your child’s learning, is a new concept.
When we conducted a survey earlier this year following the mid-year student led conference (or triadic), it was clear that the vast majority of you valued the opportunity to hear your child talk about their learning. There was also feedback that parents would also like the opportunity to speak with the teacher without their child being present.
We have listened to you and next year, we intend continuing with the current reporting to parents cycle but will build in an opportunity for some parent – teacher time.
The reason we now have children leading the conversations about their learning is about student agency. Student agency, or learner agency as it is now called is defined in the NZ Curriculum as: Learner agency is embedded in The New Zealand Curriculum key competencies as “the capabilities that young people need for growing, working, and participating in their communities.”
Agency is defined as: Students have a sense of agency when they feel in control of things that happen around them; when they feel that they can influence events. This is an important sense for learners to develop. They need to be active participants in their learning.
If you think about an adult work context, successful people need to know how to be in control of their work, influence and make decisions, plan for next steps in achieving the collective goal, articulate progress and identify barriers. This is what we are preparing our children to do. ERO define this practice as “Students are given explicit instruction in learning strategies (such as goal setting, self-monitoring and deliberate practice) that enable them to take control of their learning, develop meta-cognitive skills, self-regulate, and develop self-efficacy and agency.” ERO School Evaluation Indicators
We know that most of the children confidently shared their learning and that there were a few who were very nervous but they did it! Learning takes many forms these days, it is not just about reading, writing and maths. Even at this young age they are learning how to be active participants, learning the soft skills, the competencies that will make them successful adults in the work force.
Tomorrow is the last day to let us know if there is any information you would like us to take into consideration as we form classes. It may be a request to separate your child from another child. Please note that we do not accept any requests for specific teachers. Please email your thoughts by tomorrow. Unfortunately requests sent in after this date will not be actioned. It is also almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2020, so please email me early.
Carol Service at the Cathedral 10 December
Thanks to all of you who emailed me suggesting that I nominate a level of koha which would help pay for hire of the cathedral.
It would help us immensely if you made your koha $5 per person. Parents will be standing at the entrance on the night with lovely velvet receptacles and we would appreciate it if you popped your koha in the bags as you go in. I’m sure you want to continue this tradition, so we would really appreciate your cash contribution on the night. Oh dear, commercialism hits all aspects of our lives!
The carol service falls on my daughter’s birthday, and as it is with all of you, family is very important. I will therefore be racing off straight after the carol service to go and celebrate with them. So please don’t misconstrue my fast get away!