Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru in Rotorua Schools and Kura

Blog - "Connecting the Dots"

“Connecting the Dots” is the title of a series of 12 weekly NPeW Panui. Through this weekly writing, we are looking backward as we move forward approaching the 3rd anniversary (June 2018) of Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru (NPeW). We are “looking in the mirror”. In particular we are reflecting on our involvement across and alongside 40 Rotorua schools and kura (June 2015 - 2018). We are endeavouring to “connect the dots” on the 3 years to date, of our focus on schools and kura in “Rotorua A Great Place to Learn”.

“...You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

From a prepared text of the Commencement address at Stanford University, delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June, 2005.

Panui Tuatahi:

Introducing our Term One, 2018 Weekly Panui Series about “NPeW in Schools and Kura”-

In composing each Panui, we will focus on one key aspect of our work. We will be guided by the following framework of questions that we will ask ourselves and each other:

Reflecting on our intended purpose of a particular course of action or approach that we have used...

What was the particular context?

What did we do? Why? What was our intended impact of that course of action?

How did we expect to know the impact of that course of action?

Then looking backward on what actually happened...

How did it actually go? How did we know? What were the surprises? Did we achieve the intended outcome and impact? So what did we decide to do differently moving forward, as a result of this outcome?

Finally each week, endeavouring to “connect the dots”...

How does this particular experience or phase of work connect with other actions, outcomes and impacts that we had experienced in this project? What does it mean? What sense can we make of it? How does it contribute to the evolving story?

Our motivation for writing this series of Panui is

  1. To cause ourselves to stop, look back and “connect the dots” on how our involvement and impact with 40 schools/kura has evolved thus far.
  2. To contribute to the developing story of Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru Education Trust
  3. To share the “NPeW in schools and kura” story with an audience in and beyond the schools.
  4. To share our experiences and learning for it’s potential benefit to other education projects and initiatives.

Thank you in anticipation, for reading our series of Panui and for following our trail of connected dots. In each Panui we do intend to provide the opportunity for you to comment or pose questions about what we have written. Do feel free!

Next in the "Connecting the Dots" Series: Engagement with 40 Schools and Kura

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