We hope that you’re all well and settling into this new, quite strange version of ‘normal’.
We have had our last meetings today, prior to kicking off next weeks programming. As I have mentioned in previous communications, learning must fit around your household and what your reality is. We have attached some broad team timetables for next week so that you can have a look and make some plans for your learners. If this all seems too much, remember you are in the driver’s seat and ultimately, you make decisions about what best suits your situation. There is absolutely no pressure from us.
Thanks to those people who filled in the survey I sent out earlier in the week. I have uploaded this information to the Ministry of Education and await their response. We also have devices stockpiled at one of our teacher’s houses, but we don’t yet have permission to distribute these. We will keep you in the loop if you have indicated that you need one.
We have a number of teachers who are in the position of working and supervising young children just like many of you. We will be doing our absolute best, but things are going to look quite different for this period of time ahead. I can say that there are nerves aplenty as we launch into the unknown. I am thankful I work alongside such a hardworking and creative team who will give it their absolute best shot. The first week (Wednesday 15/4 – Friday 17/4) is a great time to see what works and what doesn’t. Thanks for your understanding in advance!
If your child is in Rito or Māhuri Team, ‘Zoom’ will be used as a platform to connect and teach from alongside self-directed learning. Teachers will share specific planning with you through SeeSaw and Hero on Monday so that you can have a look and see if you are able to plan for your child/ren to attend specific workshops that they will be tagged into. Zoom invitations will be sent to your child’s school email, so please ask them to get into the habit of checking their emails daily. All Rito and Māhuri teachers will kick the day off with a class zoom to connect and chat about learning for the day. We have siblings across these teams, and so needed to stagger the start of the day to account for device use and also internet capacity. Rito will kick their morning meetups off at 9 am and Māhuri will begin at 9.30 am. Again, there is no pressure for your child to be present for these check-in sessions.
If your child is in Kākano or Pakiaka, all content will be loaded onto SeeSaw in the mornings. These teams are not using Zoom but will be creating videos that you can use to support learning at home. For example, the teachers will be reading big books and leading maths and other learning that can be continued at home. These videos will be able to be accessed at any time, and you are free to pick and choose what works best for you.
At the end of the day, we are heading into unchartered territory with remote teaching and learning so no doubt things will arise next week that may mean we need to adapt accordingly. However, looking ahead to next week we do have a general overview of how each team will be facilitating their home learning and what students can expect on a daily basis from next Wednesday 15th April. Please see the attached document.