Every 2 weeks one of our school values is chosen based on observations, need or suggestion and as a school we incorporate learning around areas of that value into the things that we do. The start of a school year can bring different classmates, possibly a new teacher and different expectations. These things can cause challenges. Thinking about this we have chosen our school value focus for the first two weeks of term to be Working Together, the value is held by Kakapo.
The New Zealand Curriculum talks about working together as important factors in the Key competencies Relating to others, managing self and participating and contributing.
In Room 2 we got back to the fun stuff, building with play dough, the first job though was finding someone to work with. We had to find our play dough buddy, someone with the exact same play dough colour combination as them! Some people chose to ask other people about their play dough, some chose to show theirs and hope that their buddy found them, while others waited until there was no-one left, making them their buddy.
The job of finding a buddy taught us that even though we do things differently we can all get the same result.
Some ways are quicker than others but that doesn't make them wrong.
Next we began to create an animal together. Agreeing on the same animal was difficult for some people and we learnt that the way that we ask someone can change whether they agree or not. Being nice usually helps!
We learnt that everyone has a different picture in their head of the same animal. We wondered whether that was the same for the way to do things or for what was right and wrong.
We talked about explaining ourselves by adding lots of detail to what we were saying. This is where some people just gave up and started working by themselves. We agreed that there were good and bad things about working together.
"Working together can let you do something that you couldn't do by yourself." Lilly