Of course, kaiako can still bring themselves, and their personalities to the table, but ultimately what leads to success for all will be when we have consistent knowledge and practice. When we match our instruction to what the science says about how the brain learns to read, we will enable literacy success for ALL ākonga.
We can gamify it, make it social and storify it while teaching in a consistent way to ensure an evidence-based educational pathway is in place. We have the privilege of working with schools to implement evidence-based Structured Literacy.
We’re observing that with consistency of knowledge and practice, kaiako are using common language in the classroom (and the staff room), and expectations are clearly communicated and regularly discussed. In these schools ākonga move from class to class, from kaiako to kaiako, from year to year, and know what is going to happen when it comes to Structured Literacy, they know what to expect.
Building an evidence-based educational pathway that is consistent and aligned with an evidence-based approach removes barriers so our vulnerable learners can feel safe to engage. They do not feel excluded, and can move at their own pace. Progress is measurable and evident to all stakeholders.
Kaiako feel empowered, they have direction, and take systematic and cumulative steps to implement a structured approach through a scope (content for teaching) and sequence (order to teach).
Whānau are engaged, and grateful for the progress measures shared. The steps make sense, and they too feel they have access to being able to support their tamariki.