It’s been a while since I last posted. So here we are… in the midst of Covid-19 that has sent so many of us around the world to our homes with the possibility that this might go on for longer than originally thought. As an educator my role has become more important than ever in maintaining the connections with my tamariki (children) and their whanau (family) as we all navigate through this. As we all know, relationships are the glue that keep society together and offer a sense of normalcy and must be maintained..
As an educator now is the time for me and my colleagues in this field to be flexible and open to learning a bunch of new skills to provide learning opportunities for our tamariki. We need to provide ways to engage them in learning that will allow our students to connect into something other than thinking about the current situation 24/7.
Over the past few days I’ve been mulling over what this will mean for my immediate whanau at my school and the wonderful group of educators that are currently designing appropriate learning opportunities that meet the needs of the different levels across the school.
Learning is not just of an academic nature, it should be holistic where the whole child is developed. In New Zealand we have nine curriculum areas across the Primary Sector (Mathematics, Writing, Reading, Te Ao Māori (language & Tikanga), Science, Social Studies, The Arts (Drama, Dance, Music & Visual Arts), Technology (includes Digital – Computational Thinking & Designing, Developing Digital Outcomes), Health & Physical Education.
As you can imagine filling a child’s kete (basket) is a process over time, and right now we need to take care of their emotional well-being first. Learning online is not about putting activity after activity in front of a child to keep them busy. We must consider the needs and levels of our communities. Going in light and gentle for those starting this journey is important. In doing so we will reduce stress levels for all involved in this process. Learning should be interactive and interesting, not a chore for a family to be burdened with.
As I work through options and approaches I will do my best to share these with you. If I can be of support to others out there on the same journey, I am here and will help where I can.
So from my bubble to yours, kia kaha (be strong) my friends, draw your loved ones close and keep in your bubble.