Today our discovery day Key competency focus was Participating and Contributing. During the last few weeks students have noticed that group work can be tricky, that people are more interested in doing their own thing than helping each other. Our aim was to create something together that we could be proud of while helping each other and giving others opportunities to influence our work.
This is one of the final pieces, it is huge, happy, colourful and I just love it!
Each of us then had just one colour and had to make sure that our colour was evenly distributed throughout the three pieces. For some people this was difficult, they didn't want to give up control of their 'perfect' area.
As the work came together everyone's confidence grew and the chatter came back. They started to offer each other suggestions about where their colour was needed.
Participating and contributingThis competency is about being actively involved in communities. Communities include family, whānau, and school and those based, for example, on a common interest or culture. They may be drawn together for purposes such as learning, work, celebration, or recreation. They may be local, national, or global. This competency includes a capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group.
Students who participate and contribute in communities have a sense of belonging and the confidence to participate within new contexts. They understand the importance of balancing rights, roles, and responsibilities and of contributing to the quality and sustainability of social, cultural, physical, and economic environments.