Many years ago I was part of a group of Taranaki teachers who developed activity based programmes emphasizing quality student work, displays to motivate studies and room environments that valued and celebrated student work.
|It is a short walk to nearby native bush|
Of late , after observing classrooms shown during the lead up to the recent strike, and from what people have told me displays., I began to think that such environments based on study topics had been replaced by an emphasis on literacy and numeracy
With these thoughts in mind I visited my nearby school ( of which I had been a principal in the 90s ) to see if I could have a walk around. The school has a creative principal so I was hoping for the best. I left totally impressed with what I saw , and with their permission, I share some of the photographs I took.
I am sure there are many other local schools, and schools throughout NZ that follow a similar teaching approach - an approach that with the removal of National Standards will encourage teachers to be more creative and to implement the all but sidelined New Zealand Curriculum
I took so many photographs that I will write two blogs - one featuring the junior school the other the senior classes.
This blog features the senior school. The school is on two sites but it is clear that a very clear philosophy unifies all classes.
|The teacher in this room is the only remaining teacher from my time!|
|Classes had visited Maunga Taranaki and local bush|
|A lot of 'evidence'; of science studies|
|Focused observation throughout the school|
|Plenty of 'evidence' of the Maori dimension|
|Clear class organisations - and impressive art work in all classes|
Continue to walk around the junior school