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Wairarapa Professional Development Workshop – March 3rd 2016

Year 7-13 Educators – Citizenship through inquiry and action

After attending the first NZTA professional development workshop in Trentham in early 2015, I was not a teacher, but I was convinced of the importance to highlighting road safety education within our school networks in Wairarapa.

Now to present day, March 3rd 2016, a similar workshop was held in Wairarapa at the Copthorne, Solway Park with 50 educational brains under one roof. This time, we were able to witness a shift in thinking towards road safety as a culture and the impact that our roading network has on our choices in day-to-day living.

“We’ve been talking [since the workshop] with our senior students about the speed at which the traffic goes past our school gate and the dangers around this. The students are already excited by possible ideas they are sharing…”

“…There are some great ideas [and lesson plans] on teaching road safety that tie in with all curriculum areas. As Pam Hook said 'we are all road users in one-way or another’…”

~ Peter Hull (Acting Principal, South Featherston School)

“One of my favourite speakers was Rachel Bolstad, her presentation on Key Competencies stood out for me as it reminded me of the importance of lifelong learning”. 

~ Polu Luatua (Senior teacher, Lakeview School)

“There may be some barriers mostly around the fact that we are a country school. I did however get some contacts from the workshop that can help me with implementing ideas specific to our school”.

~ Peter Hull (Acting Principal, South Featherston School

“This professional development was very useful. I enjoyed the sessions on solo taxonomy and the notion of the roads a common ground needing shared responsibility. We will be looking at some of the material provided through links to share with our students.”

~ Prue Smith (Manager, Wairarapa Teen Parenting Unit)

Having a vast collection of teachers that educate students in rural, urban and mixed zone environments tested each subject’s adaptability.  In all cases, the overall day didn’t just teach us how to implement road safety education into school curriculum and create lifelong learning examples to embed in students, but it helped us learn about our own citizenship through inquiry and action.

Written by Holly McGeorge


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