Teachers learn from kids
The tables have turned for Mt Roskill teachers as they take lessons from their pupils about the best ways to learn.
Kirsty Edniston and Paula Won, both former Mt Roskill Grammar School students, shot and edited a DVD for 250 teachers from Mt Roskill primary, intermediate and grammar schools who attended their first cross-campus conference last term.
The 18-year-olds filmed three students from each of the three schools explaining what helped them learn.
Mt Roskill Intermediate School principal Mike O’Reilly says initially a film company was quoted to shoot the DVD but because they were so expensive organisers looked closer to home.
The conference is a new initiative that plans to open campus boundaries for seamless education between the Mt Roskill schools.
Mr O’Reilly says it is the first time the three schools have worked so closely and the DVD offered compelling advice.
“We want to help maximise and improve the academic success rate of pupils across all the campuses and this was a very powerful film to watch,” he says.
“Sometimes as teachers we underestimate what kids are capable of.
“Watching these nine kids talk to these two young wom- en certainly proved that.”
Kirsty and Paula are studying at Auckland University and although they’re not sure if they will pursue careers in film, they say they enjoyed all aspects of the experience.
“We’re glad they’re pleased with it. The students got to say some really insightful things,” says Kirsty.
“It showed teachers that they do make a difference and that they do count,” adds Paula.
Student voice: Kirsty Edniston, left, and Paula Won have created a novel learning resource for Mt Roskill teachers.