#14 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 4 o Pipiri 2021

Map of Aotearoa i te reo Māori

Here’s a nice resource for the wall of your classroom. It has all of the key cities across Aotearoa that can be used to both teach the Māori names of each city but also a great way to practice pronunciation and Māori vowels. Link to download.

Kupu o te Wiki

Here’s a kupu that could be easily included in your daily classroom life and helpful when pointing something out.

Irā E-rdar – Look at that! Link to recording

This could be a great way to introduce the tikanga around not pointing with an extended finger, especially at another person. In te ao Māori, when pointing, it is appropriate to either point with a bent index finger, so that in a way you are pointing back at yourself, or to use an item such as a rolled up piece of paper. 

The origin of the tikanga will not be appropriate for younger students but according to a local kaumatua it goes back to the time when a commonly held belief was that if a tohunga or Māori priest pointed at you, you would literally drop dead. 

21st Century Learning

What are the emerging principles for 21st Century Learning? 

Personalised learning is about moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ model of learning to a system that is fitted around the students rather than students fitting into the system. Personalised learning is founded on the ‘Core 4’ .

In your classroom Personalised Learning could be…

  • Inquiry-based learning was made for personalization. That’s because it actively involves students in the discovery phase of learning by placing responsibility for learning directly into their hands.
  • Giving Students some choice  – One example would be providing an activities list for the day and allowing students to choose the order in which the tasks are completed.
  • Formative Assessment  – Formative assessment is an assessment as learning, which can be offered to students throughout the entire learning process in many different ways. 
  • Use Technology – Personal technology offers our learners the chance to connect to instruction through the tools and networks they find familiar and reassuring. Technology can also provide teachers with fast and effective ways to tailor instructional content and delivery methods for a wide range of learners. 
  • Self Reflection and Goal Setting – Click here to view video on Self Reflection

Hauora/Learner Support

Dyslexia is more common than we may think.  It is important that parents, teachers and other carers are on the same page when it comes to expectation, inspiration, dreams and aspirations. We all need to see and celebrate each of the child’s strengths, adapt to help them learn at their potential and encourage them to strive for their dreams.  Misconceptions can hold us all back.

The truth is…. Inspirational, positive, engaging, exciting….

The BEST resource you have access to is the parent(s) who know their child best.

This app wheel is a wonderful resource to show “go to” apps for assisting students with reading and/or writing difficulties or challenges.

Future Read/Digital Curriculum

Integration of digital technologies curriculum is a key focus for schools this year and TKI has come a long way in offering both resources and case studies to support teachers. Below is a case study from Otago’s Grant’s Braes School in the South Island who linked a marae visit to the designing and developing digital outcomes for years 4-5 students. The presentations aimed to help the students understand what the different parts of the marae were called, the tikanga (protocols/customs) on the marae and how to behave correctly. The planned visit provided an authentic context for the students.

TKI – Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes for a marae visit.

Engagement in technology through authentic learning opportunities

Also available is a blog post from Deidre Senior (Principal, Waitaki Valley Primary School) and Cheryl Pym (Accredited Professional Learning and Development Facilitator, Otago University) where they talk about the work they have been doing together with classroom teachers developing integrated programmes of learning using local curriculum that aligns with the technology learning area.  

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

Friday/Rāmere 4 June/Pipiri 

2.00pm – Orewa Kahui Ako Relaunch @ Orewa College OAEC

Thursday/Rāpare 17 June/Pipiri  

3.45pm – All Leaders Meeting @ Wainui School

Te 19 Pipiri/June ki te 11 Hōngongoi/July Matariki 

Thursday/Rāpare 1 July/Hōngongoi 

3.45pm – All Leaders Meeting @ Dairy Flat School

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