Learning at Poroutawhao

Based on Ministry of Education research and lots of professional development, Poroutawhao School is embarking on a journey of change.  We are moving away from the traditional 1 teacher 1 classroom model and moving towards multiple teachers sharing space and students.

We are giving our tamariki more input into their daily and weekly schedules.  They can choose when and what they do, within a defined framework.  Our students are learning to manage their time and their learning while being closely monitored by teachers and peers.

Technology has really helped to enable some of the changes within our school.  We run almost the entire school from the cloud on the Google platform.  Our students can easily access their learning wherever they are, whenever they want.  Students are able progress their class work from home and continue to collaborate with their peers and teachers even when they aren't in the classroom.  Parents and whanau can easily view student work and even participate in commenting and reviewing work online.  We are using the Google platform to support our teaching staff with real-time collaboration and dashboards that assist with overall student monitoring.

We have clear policies for computer use at the school and this, combined with appropriate technology, help to keep our students safe on the internet.

 To support these changes in teaching and learning we are modernising our learning spaces.  Our senior classes no longer have desks, instead they have couches, benches, tables, and bean bags.  These provide flexible options for the students to use the various spaces to support their learning.

The main school block is due for completion by 2018.  We have taken the time to consider how we can provide a more modern learning environment within this block, with learning spaces available for breakout groups.  This has been a big project which we are really excited about.

Sounds a bit radical? Not quite how it was when you went to school? Want to know more? Book a time to come and see us in action. We'd love to show you around.

Some interesting background reading relating to our changes include;