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Big Idea Day 3

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Ideas from Day 3 of: Taking Stock - Moving Forward

Ideas from Day 3 of: Taking Stock - Moving Forward

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  • 1. The Big Idea Table 1 Reclaiming the Culture We need to be clear on what our shared culture is and should be. We need to determine where our line in the sand is and stand strong behind it with our union, colleagues, communities and whanau.
  • 2. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Be clear about the values that underpin our work and be able to articulate this clearly. Check your actions against your values and act accordingly. Table 4
  • 3. The Big Idea Table 5 Reclaiming the Culture Celebrate! Share our successes with each other, parents, and between schools. There are lots of exciting things happening in our schools and parents are our greatest advocates. Encourage more researchers to work . alongside practitioners to share successes. Teachers can act as researchers. . .
  • 4. The Big Idea Table 5 Reclaiming the Culture Ensure our curriculum is fully utilised to avoid the narrowing of focus to numeracy and literacy. Encourage creativity, fun and inquiry.
  • 5. The Big Idea Table 6 Reclaiming the Culture We need to retain the culture of inclusion and respect for diversity through a broad, rich curriculum based on children’s needs.
  • 6. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture STAND – COVER – HOLD. Table 7
  • 7. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Teach to the strengths, needs and aspirations of the children in front of you. Table 8
  • 8. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Teachers must ensure their discourse holds fast to what we value and avoid being sucked into the competitive neoliberal, market force, testing debacle. Table 9
  • 9. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Focus on: • communication and relationships • that we are moving forward collectively with all teachers and communities through confident counter-conversations. Table 11
  • 10. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Highlighting and showcasing our local curriculum to our community as evidence children’s learning. Table 12
  • 11. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture There is no crisis, we have a quality education system. Celebrate it, share it, showcase it. Build up the stories, tell parents about how schools are “strengths based”. Keep it positive. Table 13
  • 12. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Public education needs to be in the hands of the public and is not for sale. Table 13
  • 13. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture The greatest influences on students’ learning comes from the power of things outside of the schools: poverty, inequality, inequity Table 14
  • 14. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Be true to yourself as a professional and support one another. Support our union and act when the directive comes. Table 15
  • 15. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Know what we do well, and do what we do well. Implement the NZC and appropriate tools to support it. The professional voice needs to be heard alongside the union voice. Table 16
  • 16. The Big Idea Table 17 Reclaiming the Culture We are drawing a line in the sand – hold on tightly to what we believe. Maintain our collegiality – don’t lose the power of teacher voice. Become more politically active – align ourselves with other groups who are fighting for the same cause.
  • 17. The Big Idea Table 18 Reclaiming the Culture We need to champion our leaders – support them (recognise and empower) as an alternative to the political spin. Speak with child centred learning at the middle. Protect the autonomy to allow for experiences outside the standardised testing philosophy.
  • 18. The Big Idea Table 18 Reclaiming the Culture Be brave to make time for things that empower students (the positive impact). Be able to articulate the learning taking place.
  • 19. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Keep the lines of communication open with everyone. Table 19
  • 20. The Big Idea Table 20 Reclaiming the Culture Maintain our professional voice: Collectively say no when policy-makers step over the line. Have lots of conversations.
  • 21. The Big Idea Table 21 Reclaiming the Culture Share/spread information about the changes that are happening
  • 22. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture To reclaim the culture we have a collective and individual responsibility to be involved, aware, active, build coalitions and promote the value of public education and work both collegially and collaboratively. Table 22
  • 23. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture We must retain our professional integrity and our amazing culturally aware and sensitive education. Table 23
  • 24. The Big Idea Table 24 Reclaiming the Culture We need to explicitly expose these Government policies for what they are, so that our colleagues and the community really understand.
  • 25. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Protect our teachers, tamariki, whānau, and Aotearoa. Table 25
  • 26. The Big Idea Table 26 Reclaiming the Culture Take action, talk, communicate and advocate. Pose challenging questions. Don’t get complacent. Think about the bigger picture of how we support students. Show evidence of what we are achieving
  • 27. The Big Idea Table 27 Reclaiming the Culture Our schools are part of the community. Schools have children with different needs. Spend money on getting teachers in front of these children.
  • 28. The Big Idea Table 29 Reclaiming the Culture We resolve to have lots of conversations with parents, families, the public. Spread the work and never give up! Keep children at the heart of the matter.
  • 29. The Big Idea Table 30 Reclaiming the Culture Hold onto the human aspect of our system (our culture). The main focus needs to be on our children/tamariki. Quality relationships are vital.
  • 30. The Big Idea Table 30 Reclaiming the Culture Hold onto and use our curriculum. Know that we are doing a fantastic job in our classrooms/centres/schools.
  • 31. The Big Idea Table 31 Reclaiming the Culture Hold on to what we have got in education: • Uniqueness • Te Reo Maori • Values • Creativity • Support systems • What you believe in • Whanaungatanga • Fun (relationships with • diversity whanau, hapu, iwi, communities)
  • 32. The Big Idea Table 32 Reclaiming the Culture Focus back on the holistic NZ Curriculum. Stay United and Stand Tall to keep knowing and doing what teachers know is right. Use local and current research e.g. RAINS to tell the public/community about this. …
  • 33. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture The GERM will prevail if good teachers do nothing. Table 32
  • 34. The Big Idea Reclaiming the Culture Relationships – trusting/quality relationships (with children, whanau, BoT’s and professionals) will assist us to push back at a micro- and macro- level. Table 33
  • 35. The Big Idea Table 34 Reclaiming the Culture Reclaim teaching as a profession Be deliberatively, assertively professional • • • • • • • Staunch collegiality Meaningful action research/inquiry Professional conversations Engagement with research Child focussed Community engaged Politically active