#17 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 25 o Pipiri 2021

21st Century Learning

Another theme of 21st Century Learning we can explore is that of new kinds of relationships and partnerships.

Learning for the 21st century should support students to engage in knowledge-generating activities in authentic contexts. Students must learn to recognise and navigate authentic problems and challenges in ways that they are likely to encounter in future learning situations. 

This implies…

  • that learning will require additional resources/support/expertise/input from a much wider range of people.
  • That learning needs to be more connected with the community.
  • Teachers still need strong pedagogical knowledge, but they also need to be able to collaborate with other people who can provide specific kinds of expertise, knowledge or access to learning opportunities in community contexts.

The Key Takeaway from this theme is…Collaboration, not silos. 

Collaboration not Silos 

How to break down silos in education

Kupu o te Wiki

Matariki is upon us and it’s important to be able to greet others in a way that recognises this. The best way to do this is with the saying, Mānawatia a Matariki”.

Mānawatia a MatarikiHonour/celebrate Matariki

Mah-nah-wah-chia a Mah-tah-rde-key

In the video below, Hemi Kelly the author of A Māori Phrase a Day, explains the reasoning behind using the phrase.

Te Reo Posters

Here’s a collection of some free to use posters that may help you to use more te reo Māori in your classrooms. 

Poster:  Body Parts in te reo Māori 

This poster was developed by our very own Linda Rubens and can be used to teach parts of the human body.

Poster: Kei te pēhea koe?

Another poster from our in-school leader, Linda Rubens to help teach the phrase, “Kei te pēhea koe?” How are you?.

Poster: Ko te aha tēnei rā? What day is it?

A handy poster for teaching the days of the week along with the phrase, “Ko te aha tēnei rā?” What day is this?

Poster: Ko te aha tēnei marama? What month is this?

Again, similar to the poster above but for the months of the year. Great for teaching the phrase “Ko te aha tēnei marama?” What month is this?

Credit: http://classroomclipart.blogspot.com/

Hauora/Learner Support – Eye opening Statistics!

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in New Zealand Children: Summary of Findings Ministry of Health NZ.

The 2018 summary presents the prevalence of New Zealand children aged 3-14 years who are at high risk of experiencing social, emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Key findingsThe majority of New Zealand children aged 3–14 years are developing well, without major social, emotional and/or behavioural problems. However, based on the SDQ about 8 percent of children experience significant difficulties (an estimated 57,000 children). The prevalence and nature of difficulties differs across subgroups.An estimated 57,000 New Zealand children between the ages of three and 14 years had a total difficulties score indicating concern, which is about 8%. A further estimated 50,000 children (7.0%) had a ‘borderline’ total difficulties score.The percentage of children with a ‘concerning’ total difficulties score was higher for boys (9.5%) compared with girls (6.6%). In terms of age groups, children aged 5–9 years had the lowest rate (6.9%), with higher rates for those aged 3–4 years (10.2%) and 10–14 years (8.4%).How much more or less likely the group of interest is to experience difficulties.Boys were 1.5 times more likely than girls to have a total difficulties score indicating concern.10-14 year olds 1.3 times more likely than 5-9 year oldsMaori 1.8 times more likely than non-maoriPacific 1.3 times more likely than non-pacificMost deprived 3 times more likely than least deprived

These estimated statistics based on survey and summary, are notable.  They are certainly food for thought.  There are a number of sub groups that children may fall into which, although seem specific, could appear anywhere across New Zealand.  We should consider that in our classes and our kura, there are a number of students who are at high risk of experiencing social, emotional or behavioral difficulties. It is a reality. 

To access the full summary document: https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/social-emotional-behavioural-difficulties-nz-children-summary-findings-jun18-v2.doc

Future Read/Digital Curriculum

The Wonder Project

The Wonder Project is a series of hands-on programmes that link into the NZ curriculum. They are designed to spark wonder in young Kiwis from Year 5-13 and get them exct a future STEM career.

The programme pairs teachers with STEM professionals across NZ to build confidence in students so they can achieve remarkable things at school, in their communities and in their future careers.

The Wonder project aims to take young Kiwis on a creative, dynamic and fun STEM journey. 

The Process: link for teachers

Coding in the Classroom

If you are looking for a first step into coding in the classroom, take a look at CS Unplugged. A great website, where you do not need robots or devices to begin coding in your classroom. This easy to follow lesson on writing a computer program involves planning what you’re going to do, ‘coding’ the instructions, testing them, tracking down any bugs and changing the program so that it works correctly. Check out the unit plan Kidbots to start coding in your classroom!

Women in STEM – Curious Minds

Curious Minds is a website offering a range of stories from innovative New Zealand women of all ages and backgrounds who work with science, technology, engineering, maths and mātauranga Māori.

Read about these leaders, their everyday lives and how they are changing our world with their passions and perspectives.

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

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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