Saturday, September 12, 2015

Inviting Whānau in to share the learning


Through our classroom Moturoa blog I have always encouraged feedback and participation with others from outside the classroom.

The blog is soon to be ten years old and has moved between schools as I have moved.

In that time it has clocked up over 126,000 views. I particularly appreciate the comments that it attracts that encourage us to keep on posting - knowing that we have an authentic audience.

Here are some recent examples, via email and blog comments.

So what?
  • It has taken time to build up these interactions. We post regularly to the blog so that there is new material happening there all the time. There is always something new to look at.
  • I send home newsletters to whānau sharing the blog address and inviting interaction.
  • If I child does something published to the blog they take the URL home to remind family and friends to share in it.
  • I make sure that the children take a moment to read the comments and know that people outside the classroom are watching and sharing in their progress.
  • I invite friends and workmates to comment to be exemplars of commenting so people get the idea.

Now what?

  • We celebrate commenting and encourage more of them. It would be lovely if we could have some actual community visits but the blog comments are much appreciated.

These interactions shows that we are succeeding in PTC1
  1. Engage in ethical, respectful, positive and collaborative professional relationships with: ākonga, whānau and other carers of ākonga

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