At Pakuranga College we have undertaken significant consultation with our community, staff and especially with our students to ascertain their beliefs about learning. We have also evaluated research undertaken in New Zealand, and around the world, which helped us with our philisophy for learning.
We believe that new concepts of knowledge are best supported by a philosophy of learning called "co-construction" which guides teaching and learning at Pakuranga College. Our Learning Charter sets out our vision for co-constructive learning.
The role of our teachers in co-construction is to develop high quality relationships with students, families and whanau that will create supportive environments for regular and frequent feedback, where diversity and multiple perspectives are shared and acknowledged. Teachers challenge students to think, to evaluate and reflect on their own progress.
In planning tasks, a co-constructive teacher acknowledges students' strengths, interests and needs, while ensuring that tasks are challenging, real and fun.
The role of students in a co-constructive environment is to be the best that they can be. They are expected to take responsibility for their learning and to respect the rights of others. They learn critical and evaluative thinking skills when setting goals, and when receiving feedback and reflecting on their learning.