One of the key learning attributes that Team Tahi selected as being important in our classroom this year was Perseverance. We have looked at the learning pit, and discussed having a growth mindset for learning. Perseverance is key to all of this – not giving up and having the attitude that ‘I may not be able to do it YET, but I will get there.’
This week, I want to hear some of your perseverance stories. When have you had to keep trying? Did you succeed in the end? How did you feel? Do you feel you are a person that perseveres? Do you see the importance of it? How are you going to persevere in your learning this year?
A lot of my favourite childhood memories revolve around my cousins and horses. I got my first pony when I was 8, her name was Judy and she was a welsh mountain pony. She arrived on Christmas morning and I was so excited. I had been begging my mum and dad for a pony for a few years. Judy taught me a lot because she was really NAUGHTY! She used to take off on me in the paddock and race to the gate, slam on her brakes and try and toss me over the gate. Riding Judy gave me really strong legs.
My next horse was called Spice and he was old and lovely. My cousins and I used to ride him bareback all over the farm. He was so kind and would just patiently put up with us jumping on and off him.
Two of my cousins lived at the back of our farm – their farm and our farm joined up together, and we would spend hours together making huts in the hay barns, riding horses, playing cops and robbers on my mum’s old scooter. We had so much fun.
I am really looking forward to reading about your favourite childhood memory.
Well, a lot has changed in my life so far this year. One of the most exciting changes has been starting a new job at Duntroon Primary School, and I am LOVING it! Here is my awesome class – minus one student who is away at the moment. They are a fantastic group of students who know how to do the mahi! I can’t wait to see what they can achieve this year.