Stephen Eames shares how teachers are supported to collaborate at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School. By being given encouragement and opportunities to try new things teachers can grow understanding.
Title slide: Professional development at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School
Filmed at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School
Stephen Eames, Deputy Principal|
We've got a wonderful bunch of teachers and we're continually encouraging them to have autonomy in their work, to be creative, and to try new things.
|Stephen with three teachers meeting around table.|
|A lot of the classroom teachers are also implementing digital technologies.||Stephen speaking to the camera.|
|It's just about teachers understanding, where it fits into that curriculum.|| |
Teacher with students in classroom.
Two students working at laptop computer.
|So if we've got teachers who are embracing the technology as a whole in their programs, they're already well down the track of integrating that curriculum.|| |
Student working at laptop. Student with board game.
Stephen speaking to the camera.
|We do have the specialist program that provides opportunities for them to release, to collaborate, to work with us.||Stephen with three teachers meeting around table.|
|Our learning leaders, we provide them with quite a lot of release to make sure that they're connecting, and observing, and helping, and supporting their teachers.||Stephen speaking to the camera.|
|And then we’ll free up a lot of time for teachers to actually just connect, and to collaborate.||Stephen with three teachers meeting around table.|
|Actually if you look at the exemplars and the progress outcomes, some of the skills that are developing surpasses that.||Screenshot from Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum website.|
|So it's not a just trial and error type of thing. It's very carefully constructed programs based on that research.||Stephen with three teachers meeting around table.|
|Lots and lots of talk, lots and lots of collaboration, and lots lots of support to provide the resources for them to do that.||Stephen speaking to the camera.|