About Thinks

Sometimes good thinks happen and sometimes bad thinks happen. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the two.

Some thinks need immediate action and some thinks may remain as thinks forever. Thinks can be angry and heated. Thinks can be joyful. Thinks should never be cold.

These thinks are linked to many other wonderful thinks and I like to attribute these.

These thinks do not necessary reflect those thinks of my employer.

Think long, think on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A slice of Otarian Paradise

On Saturday the BMPS community came together to share months of preparation for the school's 50th jubilee.

Despite the windy coldness the kids put on an amazing show. My own little Palagi children felt the generosity of the Otara community as they were rewarded with money (a PI custom) for their dancing.

Where does this spirit, talent and authentic learning get recognized in our NZ education system?

National Standards aim to lift achievement in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing, and mathematics) by being clear about what students should achieve and by when. This will help students; their teachers and parents, families and whānau better understand what they are aiming for and what they need to do next. Source: MOE website

I'm often met with surprise when I reveal that my children are schooled in a Decile 1 environment. My children have been blessed. Thanks to our rich education from Otara we, as a whanau, have a better understanding what we are aiming for and what we need to do next, and it certainly was not gained from a numeracy or literacy exemplar.

The above 15 minute video is a perfect example of why ePortfolios can be such powerful tools in our NZ schools. Video is a powerful reflection tool that enables us to see the whole child. This form of assessment needs to (at the very least) accompany our standardised tests and arbitrary writing samples.

1 comment:

  1. I love the video - what amazing diversity and talent you have at BMPS.