Our Language of Learning

Our Language of Learning

The Sunnyhills GEMS are being trialled this term as a foundation for teaching, learning and behaviour at Sunnyhills. The GEMS recognise and empower the front section of the New Zealand Curriculum and Tataiako as they are designed to introduce, support, develop, celebrate and explicitly explore the concepts of the Key Competencies and the Cultural Competencies in a way that makes sense to our students, our staff and the wider school community. This diagram how we see the Key Competencies and the Cultural Competencies weaving together and underpinning our GEMS

We believe that in order to achieve Growth as learners, and as people, the other three GEMS must be understood and developed to support our learners and our learning community holistically. In class, our learners will be using their Learning Powers ​(dispositions/competencies) that enable them to be better learners. The Learning Powers “I statements” are drawn directly from our Sunnyhills Vision.

In association with our Learning Powers we use the Learning Pit ​as a tool to support and guide students in the development of critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinking. You can see the Learning Pit has our GEMS embedded in the mountain, so learners can dig deep within themselves and apply the GEMS (Learning Powers) to help them move forward. The Learning Pit can help learners identify it is okay to have a learning dip (challenge) and use this poster (below) as a visual strategy to help them get out of the pit, to be resilient, and don’t give up. The Learning Pit encourages learners to willingly step outside their comfort zone. As the Learning Pit is designed to help students think and talk about their learning. It can help develop a growth mindset (Dweck, 2006). At Sunnyhills, we have already introduced the concept of developing a growth mindset and each part of our GEMS requires a mindset that encourages learners to be their very best in all settings.