Kia Ora and welcome to Week 4 of Term 4.
Are you a part of a team? Not necessarily a sporting one, perhaps family? Friends? School? Work? How about the Body of Christ?
I firmly believe that team work is an essential skill to teach and to learn. One of the major differences between the traditional single cell type classrooms, and the collaborative open learning environment, is the importance placed on getting on with one another. The collaboration between the teachers, the students, and the teachers AND students are key elements of a successful ILE (Innovative Learning Environment).
Teacher and Teacher.
As teachers we’ve completed team building activities throughout the year, as well as doing the Gallop Strength Finders assessment and training to equip us with the skills to a) recognise our strengths and b) use our strengths to best benefit RCS and bring glory to God.
Student and Student.
Students in both hubs do weekly circle time, which is a tool that teaches children how to best get along with each other. The Middle Hub have also completed two different learning styles assessments to find out how they learn best. Over the course of a day you can expect to see children working individually, in various small groups and as a whole class.
Teacher and Student.
With the opportunity to work collaboratively with at least three teachers plus a Whanau Group Teacher, children at RCS learn from different teachers in varying situations. Students and teachers all know one another and get the chance to interact regularly.
By fostering and developing these team work skills we are preparing children to thrive in the world we live in.
As you may already know I’m a sports enthusiast. I was interested to learn recently that in Ice Hockey the average time on the ice (also called a shift) is 45sec per player. The game lasts for 60min but due to the physicality, tactics and coach, each player averages approximately 45 seconds on the ice before being replaced by a fresh team mate to fill their place before going back on again later.
God is the coach and we are His players.
God calls us to work together as the Body of Christ and this was displayed recently by the mammoth effort of spreading the bark around the playground and making over 8,000 cheese rolls. I think that it’s important to point out here that we are all expected to get into the game and to help out our team, but also that we all have different abilities and strengths. It is up to us as Christians to make sure that when God calls on us we give Him our all for however long He wants us to be in the game.
So like the All Blacks did on Sunday morning, go out there and whatever you are doing – give it your all and do it to glorify God!