Not Just Academics

I love the above clip by My Little Pony, it popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday and I had to share it with you.

It made me think about my nieces first school, she attended an IB School (International Baccalaureate). The school had normal parent teacher interviews and report cards but they also had one day a year in the middle of Term Three where all primary students lead their own “Three Way Conference.” In simple, you booked in a time to see each specialty subject and then extra time with their teacher. The student leads the conversations and shows the parents/others what they were learning and had learned. In their classroom, they showed you their goals and work samples and the teacher was there for support if needed. The IB system is about students taking control of their learning from a young age.

I love students being empowered to take control of their own learning and also learning to respect others as they learn to and grow together. Learning is also not just about academics but its social, emotional, gross motor and fine motor, manners, using their imaginations, learning empathy, and to stand up for what they believe and for others….What is important for you, as a teacher or parent, that your children learns? Looking forward to reading your comments below.

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6 thoughts on “Not Just Academics

  1. Hi Cassie!
    I just watched that beautiful You Tube video you posted! it literally gave me goosebumps! It was so sweet and special. It reminds me of what true friendship is and how important and special friendship is and can be for someone. Thanks for sharing it really warmed my heart. I love the idea of this video! I’m not a parent myself but I could tell what a wonderful thing it would be to hear that your child is someone special to another person and that you have moulded them and that your influence on them has shone through and made an impact. That is another great aspect of ICTs, having beautiful, motivational and inspirational videos that can change peoples opinions and views on certain aspects of the world.

    Hope all is well 🙂

    Regards,
    Claire

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  2. Hi Cassie
    Thanks for sharing a really heart warming video! I am a parent and knowing that your children is able to make and maintain wonderful friendships just like the children in the video is an extremely important part of their education. It is an ongoing life long lesson; that can begin in early education and continues beyond. Being a big fan of middle years and junior secondary stages of education, being able to build positive relationships with peers during adolescence is an integral factor to academic success and mental wellbeing.
    Nat

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  3. How truly amazing and heart warming this clip was too watch. My daughter (12) struggles at school with friends as they seem to be catty and bitchy all the time and this would be something id wish for her to have at least one best friend growing up that would say such wonderful things about her.
    I work in a Kindy room as the ECT and i’d love to do something like this for end of year and let it play for the parents to see at graduation. Wouldn’t be a dry eye left in the house i recon.

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    1. Re-reading your comment reminded me that I want to try and do a video like it for our Christmas Concert for the parents to see 🙂 Hopefully I don’t forget again….I might have to set a reminder on my phone.

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