Notice, Recognise, Respond – Our Culture of Teaching and Learning
At our kura we aim to notice the exceptional talents, skills, interests and urges all of our tamariki bring with them. We provide opportunities for our tamariki to explore through the learning environments with freedom to create with the range of tools around them. Teachers take the time to observe our tamariki in these moments, noticing what makes them tick and then begin to recognise the learning that is happening.
Recognising the connections to the curriculum is where our teachers take the observations they made during our creative times and make links to the key learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum. One creative action of building a tall car park tower with a group of friends can have many links to key learning areas, such as Measurement, Number Knowledge and Key Competency areas such as Participating and Contributing, Relating to Others and Thinking. Learning can happen in many ways and at any time!
The next step is to see how we as a teaching team can Respond to the Noticing and Recognising we have done. What further resources can we provide to our tamariki to continue their project idea? What skills could we workshop as a class or small group to build upon the key learning areas? Who could we connect our tamariki with to give them a real world context to their ideas? Responding is where we help launch the next steps and develop a learning plan to help grow those engaged and exceptional learners.