What is happening? Through our previous center project we wanted to adopt a peer support pedagogy and encourage children’s developing tuakana-teina relationships. We brainstormed roles and responsibilities together and reflected on how working together benefits everyone involved. To motivate and encourage children further, we launched our ‘Leadership Programme’ where every week we carefully observe the children to see who could be our ‘Leader of the Week’. We would often assign children a “special task” such as helping others to wash their hands or supporting a new child to feel welcome. We could see the confidence within each child grow as they became competent in their chosen tasks and their achievements were recognised and praised in front of the other children.
The Leader in Us
From this, we were inspired to launch ‘The Leader in Us’ project in which: Leadership instills confidence, helps children solve problems creatively, work in a team and work collaboratively with others. It also strengthens their emotional IQ, builds resilience and emotional regulation. Leadership is about:-Purpose and identity (it starts from within); Influence and responsibility and is therefore potentially open to everyone; Qualities and values rather than position. There is not just one way to enact leadership – it is complex, dynamic and varies from situation to situation and from culture to culture. The best leaders surround themselves with great people because they know they can’t do it alone. Teamwork helps children learn to get along with others, to work and cooperate across differences. Our center philosophy also states that “We believe that the TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) works as a sole entity to gain the trust and partnership of families”. When tuakana-teina relationships are fostered and encouraged among learners, the balance of power in the classroom shifts away from the educators and onto the learners. This allows the learners to take responsibility for their learning, and often some of the teaching too.
We are so excited to see where this project will take us and the learning journeys we will embark on!
22nd February 2019 : Centre trip to Butterfly Creek
4th March 2019: NZ Sea Week
6th March 2019: Jack ‘n’ Jill Portraits
18th March 2019: St Patrick’s Day