Talofa lava to our teachers! We farewelled our children yesterday afternoon hastily due to the late but important announcement that we were moving very quickly into level 3 then 4 mode to stop Covid-19 from spreading.
During our final korero, I shared with the children that they were heading home no for a normal holiday but rather to go home AND actually STAY in their homes. The idea of hanging out with neighbours...picking up a mate to go bike riding, hang at the beach, for a feed of fish'n chips etc was not going to happen. The Prime Minister has instructed us 4 weeks of isolation in our whare's!
We had prepared our children with a few changes made to our team learning site which followed the Kawa of care for the learner from Manaiakalani of 'Limiting the Links'. So all connections for students were from our front page to their ONE page that hosted daily/weekly learning. Thankful too that team leader of our year 5 and 6 students - Matt Goodwin let me sit in and observe a google meet with students last Friday along with limit the links site set up. All helped us arrive at today!
I'm stoked to share here that while some children did not attend the days we shared this new set up - they got online still - Day 1 of distance learning and got to the 2 hangouts - meets we set up across our team of 6 classes.
I must say seeing them pop up to join meet and then hearing student voices across the block of classes was a choice moment! So good! A style of learning children are accustomed to BUT this time no teacher body with to them - instead live on screen woo hoo!
DFI - cohort 1 of Auckland, I got to put into practice our learning around google meets, even turned the captions on AND fortunately had Dorothy Burt walk through to give me 1-1 guidance on some things I needed at that very moment! Yes - bit mā...things Dorothy and Gerard had already told us lol - hand on face emoji right here eek!
Hows that?? 3 weeks of DFI then immediately into distance learning putting into practice what we've just learned - phewww!
Looking forward to connecting with my learners today. 9am with our literacy groups then 12.30pm with our maths groups.