With the learner at the centre of what I do, I really do hope that I inspire my students to take risks and try new things. I model that by trying new things with them. Sometimes I fail. Modelling failure, I feel, is important. If we want children to have certain learning dispositions then we need to have those learning dispositions too. Maybe risk= innovation?
My aspirations for my students come from a place of manaaki and aroha. I really want them to shine at what they do. I acknowledge their strengths and their interests and aim to nurture them. I also want this to filter out to students that are not in my class. I have done several things this year that allow other students to also experience opportunities that develop dispositions. I have started a code club at school and I use whānau days (year 0-8 groups) to set up activities that are new experiences for most.
One of my biggest achievements in this area of being "visionary" is that I have grown our kapa haka roopu. Originally this was open to year 5-8 students. We now have from year 0-8. Our newest member started school and kapa haka in the same week. That was pretty special. The aim of kapa haka for me is to practice whakawhānaungatanga. I have watched the relationships grow within the school. Tuakana-teina is evident. Students have a sense of belonging (mana whenua) Even today I saw a Year 5 boy playing with Year 2 girls at lunchtime. They all know each other from kapa haka. They have shared experiences together including a noho marae. They are family. They are whānau.
That was my vision... and I'm glad I achieved that.