The importance of the Treaty of Waitangi Principle

This year, more than ever before, I've been going back to the original documents that underpin our curriculum. Like the New Zealand Curriculum document, the LPFs (Learning Progressions Framework) and the PaCT tool. We have key principles and values that should drive all that we do in our classes. One of the principles, foundational to …

Thinking about strategies for priority learners

Priority learners are groups of students who have been identified as historically not experiencing success in the New Zealand schooling system. These may include Māori and Pacific learners, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students with special education needs. ERO (August 2012) Teachers have the responsibility to set high expectations for their students, and to …

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness I have long been a firm believer that teaching, at its core, rests on building positive relationships with our students. Bishop said that culturally responsive pedagogy can be equated to “Caring and Learning Relationships.” He also defined the culturally responsive teacher as being agentic. One who builds relationships with his …

Reflection on Priority Learners

Priority learners are groups of students who have been identified as historically not experiencing success in the New Zealand schooling system. These include many Māori and Pacific learners, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students with special education needs. ERO (August 2012) This is the definition of priority learners as per the New Zealand Curriculum. …

Mihimihi

 My colleagues and I have signed up to do the rep Māori lessons at school. The aim is to improve our pronounciation and our confidence in using Maori in public speaking. Our first task was to do our Mihimihi and so I decided to take a trip down memory lane.