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Karen expresses reservations at the beginning in her journal

Part of Karen's journal and thoughts at the beginning of the project:

The decision to participate in such a huge project with so many facets was daunting to say the least.

I said 'Yes, we can do this. We can do this!'

These thoughts were to take on a different meaning as we became involved in the business of day-to-day school life. Teaching, programming, supervising students on practicum, assessing, evaluating polices and various ongoing programs. Then sports carnivals, Small Schools Arts Festival, CAPERS, excursions, fundraising for charities... sound familiar??

'What's involved?' I asked.

  • Oh, we'll be looking at community involvement, and the process of getting community curriculum development.
  • Write a 9-week program/unit of work and produce worksamples.

Yes I can do that, we'll link it to the tree planting/environmental studies.

  • Video/photograph the process.

Yes we can do that.

I began by informing staff and community at every opportunity to promote the positive effect it would have on the community.

  • The first introduction to the community was a delicious luncheon with approximately 30 parents and community members attending. They were all very positive, but unsure as to how they could be involved, feeling that they didn't know much about Maths.
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Karen expresses reservations at the beginning in her journal