What Made UNOW Unique For The Teachers_Victory Chase_CLIP
From Matilda Luk
“And as far as I recall, it was a very happy place. The children were always happy. We all, there was some, I think there was some effort at least in the first semester shall we say, the fall and the spring, when the youngest children, the B Class came out, that they had some time by themselves. You know, because then the older kids wanted more running around and stuff like that. So there was that sensibility that we tried to .. at least at first that we tried to stagger. And it was also a question of equipment. We didn't have a lot of playground equipment. So, um, in order to use the equipment most effectively, you know, you had to stagger it a bit. But we never had organized games outside, even for the older children. And the oldest ones, they were, the very oldest ones, you know, they were great kids but they were just bigger and stronger, girls as well as boys, bigger and stronger and more active. But I remember this being, for the children, a very happy place. As far as I recall, all the adults were getting along, um. And we sort of, you know, we felt ourselves mostly we called ourselves pioneers, but or even that we were doing something new, but that we were setting up something new. So we had that was, there wasn't anything like it in Princeton. So we were conscious of everything we did as being possibly you know, norm-setting, so we tried to as things happened and we saw what succeeded and what didn't particularly among the adults, the teachers, and tried  codify it, but tried to establish it. You know, whether you have a little team-teaching meetings. How could all three teachers get together and it tended to be at nap-time because you know, you could have a teacher ... you could have, we had to agree that another teacher would come in to take their nap-time, because we only needed one teacher at nap-time, and it was the teacher's lunch-time, so in a room at nap-time, so one teacher would come in and take nap-time so the three teachers could go up into the staff lounge, or go sit outside and talk with each other. And we didn't keep written records about things unless there was a particular project going on and you wanted to make sure there was continuity. So I think, a sense of conversation and mutual development among the staff was something that started early, because we were all in it together.