Message from Staff – Amos Pilgrim
Hi parents, caregivers, and supporters of Rolleston Christian School,
Welcome to week four of term 3!
“The best way to be a good teacher is to learn. The best way to be a good learner is to teach.” Source unknown.
The above quote resonates with me on both a personal and professional level. I believe that it’s so important for me to be learning new skills and knowledge so that I can better understand learners and their needs. Likewise, an important indicator of mastery to be able to teach the concept to someone else.
Recently I’ve been learning how to use kettlebells safely and effectively. To do this I’ve been absorbing best practise (visual and verbal) and modelling my technique on professionals. Learning off those who are more advanced than I am affirms what I’m doing but also challenges me to get better.
Last week the leadership team went to a variety of different settings around Canterbury on Educational Tours. The purpose of these trips was to observe Modern Learning Environments (MLE) and Modern Learning Practice (MLP). I visited Pegasus Bay School and came away feeling both affirmed and challenged. I focused my trip on finding answers to my questions of “What are the learners doing and how is this achieved?” “What are the teachers doing to ensure students are set up to learn?” and “How is the space utilised?”
I chose to visit Pegasus Bay because it’s like our school in that it’s an open learning environment and has been operational for only a short time. Similarities I saw were learners developing their own timetable and adhering to this, teachers and students working in different spaces and the environment be fluid depending on the needs of the learners.
As a school we have already developed and achieved so much in such a short space of time. Our challenge as a school, a community and as individuals is to celebrate our successes and continue to strive for improvement.