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What do we learn and how do we learn? Read on!
These are the four guiding principles that determine our curriculum, what and how we teach.
We use the word ‘journey’ here because we’re still not at our destination, if you could even say that one exists in the educational sphere!
This is an exciting, challenging and thought provoking time to be in education. Norms are being challenged, there is a paradigm shift in the educational sphere. There are shifts in the ways in which knowledge is created and acquired and this changing landscape requires different skills from our learners; we must change what skills we value as educators and society as a whole. We are striving to build these skills in our learners so that they are enabled to think with agency, collaborate effectively and be curious about their passions and the world around them. By building differentiated curriculum opportunities for ākonga, our students, we are giving them the greatest gift; to take ownership of their own learning journeys.
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As a school, we are committed to providing learning experiences which help to instil our graduate learner dispositions in our students. These dispositions are integrated into all teaching and learning at Kaurilands.
We recognise that digital technology has opened up radically new opportunities for learning. It has also rapidly changed the world that our tamariki are living in.
As such, we see it as hugely important that students have the skills and knowledge to be a digital citizen; a person who knows how to navigate digital waters and use digital technology to their advantage. Our digital curriculum helps foster digital citizenship in our tamariki.
Digital citizenship is a powerful enabler of inclusion in social, cultural and civil society. We believe that becoming a digital citizen is ‘part of who we all are’ in school; it should be planned for and addressed, through multiple contexts including structured activities and wherever there is a meaningful opportunity to talk and learn about it.
As citizenship is one of our Graduate Learner Dispositions, digital citizenship sits nicely with using and sharing our school values in an online world. We celebrate akonga who demonstrate exemplary citizenship with our Graduate Learner Certficates at our whole school assemblies twice a term.