Acknowledging that none of us come into our classroom as a blank slate or an empty vessel we first explored who we are using the title I am..... we are a modest lot and it took our classmates to help us at times to celebrate our talents.
our class has many skills to share, we are good at running, jumping, swimming and caring for our earth. We are kind, caring, calm and excited to name just a few.
School should support and nurture our greatest talents and we had some fantastic discussions about where we might be if we weren't here, or where we see our lives heading. I will..... be a zookeeper, sell my own paintings to rise money to save birds all around the world, go on holiday and come back when I am ready, be a gamer where some of our aspirations.
By talking about these two ideas along with identifying with one of the values held by the manu within our school we created a strong sense of understanding about what we needed, what was important for us and therefore could talk about learning goals in Reading, Writing and Maths with a sense of purpose and expectation.
We shared our learning wheels with our families who completed the last spoke in the wheel by sharing their aspirations for us. Knowing that we are supported and encouraged to work towards our goals gives us confidence to push boundaries.