Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Learning Rules-Carlyn Ryklief

Few things excite me as much as learning. How wonderful then to be in an environment that celebrates it on a daily basis.  Te Karaka Area School.

Three staff members currently study through Massey University and the University of Canterbury.  The course load is enormous.  The road is steep. It’s uphill. The route is complex. 

It demands 25 hours of study a week using technological and navigational skills -time, I swear, not factored into.  Yes, 5 hours of study, 5 days a week. Full time students spend less time in class.

Teachers are allocated 1 day a week for study.  I’ve been told RTLB students of the Ministry of Special Education are allocated more than twice as much time.

And still learning excites me.  Such is the power of knowledge. Such is the power of wisdom – applied knowledge.  It’s not just about mental gymnastics.  It’s there to serve us and allow us to serve others.  It must improve the quality of our own lives, as well as the lives of all we come into contact with.

Knowledge is also light.  As such, it can be used to build, free, empower, include.  How wonderful that we all have this spark of curiosity.

Driven by an unquenchable thirst and a yearning we are steered beyond obstacles like time constraints.

Exposure to the new and unfamiliar methods and course material has already served to help us empathize more with students who face these challenges on a daily basis. 

Staff and students of Te Karaka Area School are united on this learning journey. This is a school where learning rules.

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