#04 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 12 o Poutūterangi

Public consultation

Me mātai whakamuri, kia anga whakamua

To shape New Zealand’s future, let’s start with the past

Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories are being incorporated into the national curriculum to ensure that all ākonga in all schools and kura learn how our histories have shaped our lives. Public engagement on the draft Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content is now underway. The public consultation will run from 3 February to 31 May 2021: Link to full details here

Free Webinar

Collaboration is one of the most desired skills in the 21st century workforce, and school should reflect that. But leading a collaborative classroom isn’t always easy. Whether you teach young children or college seniors, this webinar is for you. There will be sharing ideas, tools, and resources. If you can’t make it live, you can register anyway and get access to the replay right after the event.

Engaging our reluctant readers and writers

Have you ever used comics to engage those reluctant students? Comics provide authentic language learning opportunities for all students. The dramatically reduced text of many comics make them manageable and provide a scaffolding so that students experience success in their reading and writing.

Key benefits of using comics in education

  • A great visual Representation of Knowledge
  • Presents what is essential
  • Easier to remember a visual graphic containing key information
  • Engaging through thinking, creating and writing.
  • Perfect avenue for writing dialogue
  • Incites students with low interest in writing
  • Helps organization through storytelling and storyboarding
  • Using visual images convey meaning to a story or topic
  • Develops creative and higher level thought processes
  • Develops composition techniques through visual-verbal connections
  • Enriches reading, writing, and thinking
  • Serves as and assessment and evaluation tool
  • Sequencing promotes understanding

Click on the image below to see a range of fabulous resources. There are some fabulous ideas here utilising digital tools available for teachers and students. Please make a copy of the google doc before sharing or using.

Click on the image for the link

Warm up ideas for writing

Warming up for writing means getting your mind ready to write. Here are a few quick and easy warm up routines that some of your students might find helpful. Follow the link here.

Sentence types

Revision for students and when we use these sentences. Click on the image to the youtube clip. The link to the website ‘Next Level Writing’ is here. You will find instructional videos that focus on ways to improve writing and best reach your audience. Some videos and worksheets are available, others you will need to ask for access.

Kupu o te Wiki – Mai/Atu

This week we have chosen kupu hou that can be used in a classroom setting mai (my) and atu (ar-too).

Many of us are familiar with “Haere mai” – (Hi-rdeh my) come/move here/towards me. The word/kupu mai (my) means towards me.

The great thing about this is that we can make a simple change to ask someone to leave. Again we use haere for move but use atu (ar-two) for away from me so you’re basically sending people away generally or towards a location.

In te reo Māori, tone is everything so the expression/tone you use will let the students know exactly what you mean.

Haere atu – (Hi-rde ar-two) Head over there/Off you go/Go away!

Haere mai – (Hi-rdeh my) Come to me/Head this way/Come here!


You can use mai and atu with other kupu too e.g.

Kōrero mai – (Core-rde-rdor may) Talk to me

Kōrero atu – (Core-rde-rdor ar-two)Talk to them

Awhina mai – (Ar-fee-nar my) Help me/us

Awhina atu – (Ar-fee-nar atu) (Help them

Getting through together – Whāia E Tātou Te Pae Tawhiti is a national mental health and wellbeing campaign brought to you by the team at All Right? – Community and Public Health and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. This campaign will help New Zealanders get through the COVID-19 disruptions– together. Link here

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