At Avendale International Kindergarten you will often hear us say that we believe that our students are co-constructors of their learning. This is an important philosophical understanding that we integrate into all parts of our school programme.
Students become co-constructors of their learning when a school develops an environment that encourages positive relationships, celebrates true respect of each individual learner and their interests, and values learning in teams and collaboration. When students become co-constructors of their learning, all members of the learning community collaboratively negotiate a mutual knowledge that helps learners make sense of the world around them. This deep and rich learning enables children to feel safe, take risks and to flourish. Students will also be more willing to share prior knowledge and individual understandings about concepts, skills and interests. Teachers use this information to guide their students and empower them to reach their true potential. Positive relationships between students, teachers and parents also encourages students to collaborate with each other, which then facilitates the creation of projects, investigations and deeper learning based on a shared understanding and the interests of the students. All our teachers in Playgroups, Creative Play and Kindergarten consistently look for opportunities to facilitate this understanding.
Parents can also help this process at home by listening and responding to the interests and understandings of their children. Home learning then truly becomes a powerful tool as children not only learn and have fun but also develop a real and deep connection with the content and the family member with whom they are sharing the moment with.
The ability to be a co-constructor is a vital skill that all students will need to develop for their future lives. There is no better time to work on and develop this skill than in early childhood where the seeds of collaboration and teamwork begin.