Sunday, February 8, 2015

Finding inspiration in the NZ Curriculum

I had never before noticed the inspiring quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes at the front of the curriculum.
“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

The nautilus shell which adorns the curriculum is described as a metaphor for growth.  I see that growth as recognising the unlimited potential of all our learners.

I am reminded of the beautiful whakatauki
Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere.
Ko te manu e kai ana te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest.
The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge, has access to the world.

Each curriculum area has a whakatauki associated with it.  The above whakatauki is used in the Māori section of the curriculum but it applies to all learners.

The following whakatauki has been selected to represent science;

Mā te whakāaro nui e hanga te whare:
mā te mātauranga e whakaū

Big ideas create the house;
Knowledge maintains it.

As I read through the curriculum I am inspired by the thought that lies beneath it.  It is a document that promotes high aspirations for our tamariki and for ourselves as teachers.  
E whakawhetai ana ahau ki nga kaituhi o tenei tuhinga.

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