A ‘must read’ research article for all you Discovery Time explorers. (Keryn Davis, 2015. New Entrant classrooms in the re-making)
It validates all the things you have been experimenting with and shows that our ‘gut instincts’ combined our knowledge of teaching and learning theory, are absolutely what children need.
These are the ideas that informally guided the re-making of Mairehau school’s New-entrant / year-1 classes.
- prioritising children’s sense of well being and belonging, and their relationship with each other, the teacher, the environment, and routines
- Positioning play as worthwhile, meaningful, motivating, and necessary for children
- trusting children to bring, find, and create interests, with and alongside, others
- placing greater emphasis on creativity, and accepting that creative learning is often messy and can, at times, be loud
- focusing on children’s engagement rather than compliance
- emphasising the development of key competencies as powerful influences on learning in all curriculum areas (Keryn Davis, 2015)
Using a collaborative approach teachers started by wondering how they might provide a better transition for children coming from early childhood centres into school. From these ‘wonderings’ they have made significant changes that keep the creativity, enthusiasm and joy of learning alive.
Well done Mairehau school and Core Education for an excellent piece of research!