New project aims to help and sup­port teach­ers

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

For­est View High School has adopted Te Ko­tahi­tanga this year which is a project de­signed to help pro­vide teach­ers with sup­port and coach­ing to re­flect on their per­for­mance in the class­room.

Prin­ci­pal Richard Craw­ford said the school ap­plied to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion last year to be apart of the project which in­cludes only 49 other schools around New Zealand.

‘‘The rea­son we have cho­sen to do this is be­cause we be­lieve the re­search shows that this pro­gramme makes a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s all about help­ing teach­ers to in­crease their ca­pac­ity to en­gage their stu­dents in learn­ing. The pro­gramme sup­ports teach­ers to be more ev­i­dence driven and sup­ports them with strate­gies that will en­able them to teach more ef­fec­tively and to en­gage stu­dents more in learn­ing.’’

‘‘It is a fo­cus to im­prove Maori achieve­ment but all stu­dents re­gard­less of whether they are Maori, Pa­cific Is­lan­der or Pakeha will get to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits.’’

Af­ter 30 teach­ers were in­tro­duced to the project, a lead­er­ship team was formed to ob­serve teach­ing in class­rooms.

The lead­ers in­clude as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Chris Stokes, Head of Math­e­mat­ics San­dra Umaki and Re­source Teacher of Learn­ing and Be­hav­iour Sandy Taipeti who hold co-con­struc­tion meet­ings with teach­ers to dis­cuss learn­ing and also con­sider ev­i­dence about the im­prove­ment of stu­dent l earn­ing and achieve­ment.

A con­fer­ence will be held at For­est View High School on Septem­ber 23 f rom 6-7.30pm f or par­ents to learn more about the Te Ko­tahi­tanga project and also to con­sult par­ents about other strate­gies to im­prove learn­ing.

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