#27 Newsletter, 2021

Rāmere, te 24 o Mahuru 2021

21st Century Learning/Ako Ināianei Tonu

What is heutagogy?

Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching. The use of different strategies used in different combinations, in the classroom and in the online environment, benefit students with a variety of learning styles improving the achievement of the learning outcomes.

Heutagogy, otherwise known as self-determined learning, is a student-centered instructional strategy that emphasizes the development of autonomy, capacity, and capability.

Here is a really simple comparison chart

Here are some examples of how we can create a Heutagogical classroom.

  • Problem based learning
  • Inquiry Cycle of learning
  • Double Loop learning
  • Design Thinking models of learning
  • Universal Design for Learning

The heutagogical approach recognizes the need to be flexible in the learning where the educator provides resources but the learner designs the curriculum by negotiating the learning. With this methodology, the learner has to go through a process of analysis, critical thinking and questioning to determine what is of interest and relevance to them.

The purpose of this process is for the learner to be equipped with the knowledge to negotiate further reading, learning materials and assessment tasks.

Further reading What is Heutagogy    The Principles of Heutagogy

Hauora/Learner Support

Next Week is Mental Health Awareness Week.  This year’s slogan is “Take time to Kōrero”.  Be there for each other and ask for time to Kōrero.

MHAW comes at an appropriate time as our ‘Surge Capacity’, (our short term mental survival pot in stressful / big change times) runs out, we hit our virtual wall with lockdown and we work through the last week of Term 3.  Here are some helpful links to support, activities and resources.  A great way to end the term for ourselves as adults, careers and teachers, and for our students to celebrate their own wellbeing.

Click on the picture below to access the link

Have a well-earned, restful break.  Take care and stay safe.

Take Time to Kōrero

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamua

Te Tiriti o Waitangi Digital Technologies Resource – Y5-Y13 Resource

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a rauemi / resource that supports students to explore Te Tiriti o Waitangi through Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. The resource is made up of a slide deck with supporting rauemi/resources in both English and Māori

This project,Te Tiriti o Waitangi was created by Rosalie Reiri, Alicia Tuia-Ngaropo and Jude Cornelius at Ara Ako who gave their time, knowledge and creativity to design this for others to be inspired. These kaiako attended Ara Ako 2021 as individuals.

(This rauemi is available under CC SA-BY-NC at dthm4kaiako.ac.nz

Rauemi by Rosalie Reiri, Alicia Tuia-Ngaropo and Jude Cornelius, created during Ara Ako 2021)

Teaching kids about what’s real and what’s not, can be tricky but it’s important tamariki understand that just because something is online doesn’t mean it’s true. Here’s some advice to help you teach tamariki on how to spot fake news.

Fake news is information that is either totally or in part inaccurate. It can appear anywhere and be created by anyone, and has the potential to harm the community. Netsafe has more information available to help adults spot and identify fake news on our website.

The Māori Language Moment

We were so proud of the way our kura pulled together to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Last Week. It wasn’t easy to have to do this for a second year running but our kaiako made the best of the situation.

Our kura all jumped on board the Māori Language Moment in a number of different ways. Some met as staff via zoom and sang waiata, some in teams to play games, some had so many people participate that they hit the 100 person cap on the Zoom/Zui. 

One great idea was sent through from Shayne Grice at Dairy Flat School. They used the new Pepeha Waiata by Six60 and got kaiako and whānau on board to make a video.


Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka 

Principal’s Meeting @ Dairy Flat 

Rāpare, te 23 o Mahuru / Thursday 23 September 

Fortnightly Hui @ Wainui School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 30 o Mahuru / Thursday 30 September

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