Thursday, February 5, 2015

TTT hui - 2015 Kia eke taumata - session two

Dr Hiria S. McRae, Te Kura Maori

Nga Pumanawa e Waru: A Te Arawa approach to examining Maori student access

A way of developing a relationship:

  • Identify a positive role model within your whakapapa
  • Share their achievements and attributes
  • How do you manifest those?
  • How have they influenced your achievements?
Identifying of eight characteristics
  1. Positive sense of Maori Identity - ability to sustain relationships.
  2. Diligence and commitment
  3. Relationship
  4. Innovation and creativity
  5. Look after their well being
  6. Scholars 
  7. Possess humility
  8. Understand core Maori values
Mana Whanau - Successful Maori students occupy a central position of importance within their whanau.

Mana Motuhake - A positive sense of Maori identity is crucial if Maori students are expected to express their mana tangata.

Bi-education - Maori students must acquire the skills to navigate in two worlds.

What does it mean for us to ensure we are providing environments where these characteristics are acknowledged, valued and celebrated.

Blended learning
Our next session was a privilege to spend time with Greg and Tessa exploring Learning with Digital Technologies and the e-Learning Planning Framework.  

As we journeyed, we shared our journeys and ways of working. We celebrated what we are currently doing well and challenged ourselves to set a goal as a takeaway!

My goal is to have my journey, my registered teacher (facilitator) criteria, shared and evidence rich!  Using my blog to tag my criteria and exemplify aspects of my journey.

Inclusive practices - Confident educators; confident parents, families, whanau and communities and confident learners.  
Asking ourselves about our capacity to influence is a privilege and we must have this as a focus. 

Our goal must be full engagement of all, to be learning and achieving.  
  • Full participation of all learners, 
  • Engaged and achieving - present, participating and learning, 
  • Collective responsibility, ownership knowledge  and accountability.
Culture provides us with the blueprint - how we view the world is put there by our culture.  

What is it going to take... What do we need to do to enable this child to be successful, this learning to happen.  

Developing our own lens for inclusive practices.  
Knowing what to expect and knowing what to look for.
Asking the question - would this be okay if this child didn't have special education/additional learning needs?
Building our own team and personal bank of questions...

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