Teaching for forward thinkers
If you went down to Tokoroa’s Tainui Fully Primary School today you’re sure of a big surprise.
No you won’t find a teddy bears’ picnic but you will find a forward thinking approach to learning.
In 2013 the school surveyed the community asking what it saw as the school’s strengths and what needed improving.
Students were also surveyed and asked what made a great learner.
This term the school unveiled its new approach.
The concept includes five pou (pillars) depicting the school’s key learning qualities of being a friend, communicator, collaborator, thinker, and self manager based on the Tokoroa Talking Poles.
The qualities are similar to Careers New Zealand’s top ten employable skills and the idea is that each pou interlinks.
The pou also represent the school’s Maori, Pasifika, and European cultures and have been named accordingly and each
‘‘Gone are the days of a one size fits all’’
student has been taught the sign language.
Principal Tania Morrison said education has changed dramatically over the years and ‘‘gone are the days of a one size fits all where a teacher stands at the front of a class dictating lessons’’.
She said due to technological advances school was now more about teaching process rather than knowledge and promotion of certain qualities and competencies that students will need in the future where jobs will differ from what we now know plays a big part.
‘‘Education is no longer just about good reading, writing, and maths, it is also about preparing our children for a world that is changing and some of the jobs that they are going to be going into which are not even invented yet,’’ she said.
‘‘The kids need to know these skills to be able to adapt. They are transferable because technology is rapidly moving. Google [for example] is creating driverless trucks so our children need to be prepared for that,’’ she said.
Morrison said it was now common for students to seek answers and engage in learning through technology.
‘‘This is the world they know and they are better engaged and owning their own learning paths which you have to do as an adult anyway. It is not about preparing our kids for high school, it is about preparing them for life.’’
Feedback has been positive had been positve so far.
"We want it to resonate with our kids.’’