Kia ora tatou
Our teachers have worked to make significant improvements to Distance Learning version 2. This is an ongoing process. It is relatively new to all of us. After feedback from parents on the Board of Trustees at the meeting last night, teachers will now send an email to parents at the end of each day to outline the next day’s programme. This will help parents plan their own days to enable them to be available to their children at critical times.
It is essential that all of our students are engaged in our distance learning programmes. Teachers are following up on any children who are not yet engaged. You are invited to email your classroom teacher if your child is not motivated. We can work together on this.
Now that we are several days into learning from home it may be useful to check the advice given by experts. The suggestions that follow are provided by the Ministry of Education.
Having a routine or schedule that works for all of you is important so that everybody knows what to expect. Learning happens all the time, and can be woven in to your family routine.
- Talk to your child and listen to their ideas about how they would like to learn.
- Consider sharing responsibilities with other members of your whānau or bubble.
- Plan out with your child and whānau what your day or week will look like.
- Build in regular times for breaks, fun and to connect as a whānau.
- More independent students may need a separate quiet space and there may be learning opportunities for younger children through everyday activities.
- If you have limited learning devices, consider how everyone will share them.
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant tamariki across Aotearoa are adapting to learning from home. How this happens will be different for everyone, and we hope you’ll find these ideas and examples useful in supporting learning from your home. You can see the video here https://vimeo.com/409610410
- Relationships come first. Be guided by your family’s values, and remember that relationships are more important than ever; within your family, or with teachers, other parents and friends.
- Make some time to talk to your child, listen to their ideas about how they would like to learn and address any sense of anxiety where you can.
- Routines are important; they enable students to know what is coming next and how they should be spending their time. Discuss with all your family what will work best for everyone.
- Be sure to have times in the day for work and play, and create a space where your tamariki can learn.
- Sometimes this will need to be a quiet space; sometimes messy; it might mean working with you or others face to face, and sometimes your tamariki will be using a device and working online.
- Communication with your school and teachers is more important than ever. Ensure you have ways to communicate and connect with your children’s teachers by using email and the school website.
- People come first so look out for your child’s health and wellbeing. If they are stressed or unhappy they’re not going to find learning easy. Try to keep things in perspective and look after your own work/life balance too.
- Learning should be meaningful, manageable and fun. If it’s turning into a battleground then step back and talk about what isn’t working with your child and their teacher.
- Try to agree on who will work where and when. Decide who can support your children’s learning. Try to have clear expectations. But remain flexible as things will always change.
- If you feel any of your tamariki are being given too much school work then talk with them and raise your concerns with their teacher.
- Technology is just one aspect of learning from home. Kids don’t need to be on devices all the time. Remember, learning happens everywhere. Your home and local neighbourhood are a great learning environment and learning happens best when it is creative, collaborative and fun.
- Don’t try and make your home a school classroom, but do provide the opportunities for learning to happen. This can be through a range of activities.
- Think about the skills and knowledge you can share with your tamariki. You could teach something to somebody else, create something using food, fabric, cardboard, or digital technologies, take on a new skill or project like gardening, or laying the table.
- Make a difference in your community. Share your activities with others.
- Life is different for everyone right now. We can get through it by looking after each other, staying connected, and nurturing relationships so our children can continue learning and thriving
Kia haumaru te noho – Stay Safe,
Ministry of Education
Bruce Warren, Principal