Learning journey day

Wednesday was Learning Journey day for us – they organised it slightly differently this year, so that not all the parents were there at once. We started with Sebastian. Sebastian has definitely taken to creative writing this year in a big way and it was fun to read all his stories. He is still doing well with his maths and other things.

Here is his group project work on rivers of the world.

The worst part was that we played a word square game with Sebastian and he made more words than either James or me! I’m not sure that is OK.

After school it was onto Jude’s classroom. Jude noted that he worked “creatively” and that he was most proud of the improvement in his handwriting this year. He has been working hard on that and is (slowly) getting better. We also got his NAPLAN test – he scored off the chart in reading and was above the curve on persuasive writing to our delight. He just needs to work on his spelling and grammar – but, as he says, Jude is more creative than ordered!

Here he is reading aloud to us.

We then finished off with Zac. It is always amazing to see how far they progress in kindy – from essentially no writing at all, to having a go and coming up wth their own spelling but sometimes actually getting it right. Zacky certainly seems to have completely settled in to school and loves it and his teacher. Most of all, he loves improving.

The most disappointing, or possibly disturbing, thing was that in all three of the boys’ books I found words corrected – with incorrect spelling.These are good teachers who work hard and who have expanded our boys’ knowledge greatly, but clearly they still need some spelling help. It is an interesting public policy issues – how do you ensure that the basics are there for teachers, especially primary school teachers? Clearly a university degree doesn’t guarantee this. Perhaps, though, it would help by valuing teachers more and recognising the importance of what they do. People who teach in primary school leave a lasting impression on children and their learning. I see how much jude loves having the teacher who is interested in science and whose enthusiasm has transferred to his students. Valuing teachers more, and probably actually paying them better, and giving them time to improve their own skills, could be a good start.

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