Teach­ers learn from kids

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Stu­dent voice: Kirsty Ed­nis­ton, left, and Paula Won have cre­ated a novel learn­ing re­source for Mt Roskill teach­ers.

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