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Friday 25 September 2016

posted 24 Sep 2015, 19:40 by Stephanie Williams
Continuous improvement means continuous change. Lately I have been growing my understanding of the concept of Kaizen change. 

Kaizen change was introduced to Japan after WWII when they needed to rebuild...... slowly bit by bit..... eventually becoming one of the most powerful economies in the world less than 10 years later.
  • Kai - gradual and orderly change 
  • Zen - for the better 
The concept of Kaizen is useful for goal setting as some of our senior children have discovered. You can find out more about this on their blog:

I was thrilled to see an educator all the way from Missouri commenting so positively about this on the blog! Tino pai rawa!

We can use the concept of Kaizen change for individual goal setting and also for more school-wide change. You will see a good example of this when you attend the next Data Meeting in Weeks 6 and 7 of the term. We felt that two of our three key principles were not well reflected in the written report itself - these being The Whole Child and Collaboration. The written reports now have a comment box focussing on the whole child up front, number 1, the prime spot! The other incremental change is the goal setting piece at the end of the report. If it's all about collaboration then the child and yourselves need to have a bigger role in this goal setting. This time around the child's voice will be better represented and your thoughts in collaboration with the teacher's thoughts around next steps will be handwritten onto the report at the actual meeting.

Looking ahead to 2016 you can expect further Kaizen change in this whole area of reporting......... the foot needs to be positioned securely on the accelerator, while being careful not to exceed the speed limit!

So, to our teachers and support staff, I wish you a great break and the space to recharge for what we all know will be a full and exciting Term 4! Thank you.

Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends. (Brian Tracy)