As we complete another week of Semester Two and I sit down to write this, the thought that strikes me is “I don’t know”: not “I don’t know what to write”, but “I don’t know how to put across everything that we fit into a week”.
From EC to D2 each week is so full of magic, amazing activities, learning and WOW! This week we have had the P4/5 Forces and Motion Science Showcase with the students demonstrating their learning through amazing experiments and demonstrations; sharetime this week was full with entertainment, with P1, P2 and P6 all sharing their learning and talents on stage. These very public demonstrations are amazing and represent only a small part of the fantastic learning around the school: as I visit classrooms I see phenomenal work being done every day.
This all demonstrates how education has changed: we are no longer in a system where teachers are givers of knowledge; teachers are now tasked with teaching students how to find answers. It is ok to say “I don’t know” and our role is to cultivate an excitement in not knowing, so that students develop the skills to work individually or together to find solutions. In this way we can be secure in the knowledge that the next generation can move out into the world and solve the issues and problems they will encounter. To highlight this, M1 will set off next week on their own journey of discovery and problem solving with their Interdisciplinary Unit (IDU) trip to Lake Eyasi (Wednesday to Friday). We wish them well and hope the “I don’t know” moments turn into “ah ha” moments.
I wish you all a great weekend and remember to embrace every “I don’t know” moment with questions and, hopefully, successful solutions,