However, the challenges are maintaining these connections and a balanced work-home life. I find that meetings need to happen before or after school and I already have 2x staff meetings each week as well as planning (planning is slightly more intense for me this year as I am still getting my head around maintaining a high level of work in a digital classroom). After squeezing in meetings with external agencies I end up going home to continue working. I have also found another challenge is when one area breaks down. For example, all agencies could be lined up and ready to work with a family (maintaining that rich connection with the communities), but the family declines. This sets back all parties involved.
Throughout this process I have realised that there are many more connections to be strengthened. For example, I have just realised that I have not noted 'local churches' on my connections list. I have minimal contact with one of our local churches, but I can see positive impacts coming from connecting with other churches and further reinforcing community relationships.
This reflective post also calls to mind the Registered Teachers Criteria 1: "Establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of ākonga". It is my job to establish and maintain these professional connections.
ReferencesRegistered Teacher Criteria. (n.d.). Retrieved June 14, 2015, from https://www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz/rtc