I believe in a safe environment where students are able to reach their full potential without any fear or doubt. I want students to be able to come into my classroom and know that their opinions and beliefs are completely valued by myself and their peers. It will sound like confidence and laughter, as well determined hard work inside the four walls. I hold very dearly to my heart that students' names should be pronounced correctly straight away, and how important it is that I understand them as learners and humans.
I believe that learning should be collaborative and reciprocal. That I can learn from the students as much as they can learn from me. Co-constructing success criteria and classroom expectations I think, is essential for students, as they feel a sense of ownership and that they are at school to really co-exist and not just listen. Students will have the opportunities to work together, sit together, talk together and share their understandings with each other and me.
I believe in respectful relationships between whanau and I. Gaining the respect from parents and whanau, allows positive, honest relationships to be built, ultimately accelerating their child's learning. However, I also have a strong sense of social justice, and if a student is unable to get support from home, I will make sure that child receives the best learning opportunities they can in the classroom.
I believe in collaboration with my colleagues. Sharing ideas, resources and having additional support is vital as a teacher. I want to be able to learn from others, and also be able to contribute to team discussion. I wish to gain respect from my colleagues and be able to work alongside them in all aspects of the school.