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Mē kōrero - Let's Talk!

Nei te mihi matakuikui e mihi kau ana ki a koutou katoa!

As a teacher, mother and now facilitator for blended e-learning and te reo Māori in English-medium schools (who just happens to be Māori as well), I was immediately interested, as I would hope all educators would be, in the analysis of the impact Ka Hikitia has had for our Māori students and the what now...having learned what we have, where to next? 

We want to build on the strengths of the first phase of Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success by ensuring we all understand and use the knowledge of what works to lift the performance of the education system. Ka Hikitia – Accelerating for Success 2013-2017 will focus on delivering faster, stronger action on the ground, doing more of the things that work for and with Māori learners. This must be supported by better coordination and integration from education sector agencies and within and across government in order to achieve accelerated results.

 Over the next two months the Ministry of Education will be engaging with representatives from those groups who have a key stake in Māori learners’ success including learners, whānau, iwi, educational professionals, communities and businesses.

They have also developed an engagement document called Me Kōrero – Let’s Talk! and some questionnaires to help seek ideas and feedback from external partners. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences and ideas as it is imperative that the really effective and engaging practice that I, and hopefully you see everyday in our schools, is being passed on to those who are driving this initiative.  

Those of us working at the 'chalkface', who are lucky enough to see the what activities and effective practice is making a difference for Māori educational success, need to feed those messages on.  And in some cases, what have we seen that is not working and needs addressing?  Without adequate consultation and feedback from those with the experience and knowledge of what is happening in our classrooms, the direction of the next phase will be limited.

What you can do

The questionnaires seeking feedback are available on the Ministry of Education website. These can be forwarded to the communities you are working in or working with. The document Me Kōrero – Let’s Talk! supports the process. Please take 10 minutes to go online and read Me Kōrero – Let’s Talk!

 

Finally, let me end this call to action with a wero/challenge:

Let's kick off the discussion here and now with everyone sharing 1 fantastic example of teacher practice, school culture or a student learning activity that has been a resounding success in supporting Māori students enjoying educational success as Māori.

The more of us who contribute, the larger our bank of 'fabulicious' ideas we can all tap into will be, nō reira e hoa mā, kia kaha, mē kōrero tātou!

Comments

  • Tamara Bell 

    I'll start! One of the best things I have seen online is from the school I last taught at, Te Kura o Tiori - Burnham School - I'm not taking credit for it though because it was developed after I left, he mihi ki a kōrua ko Nathan Riki kōrua ko Rob Clark! 

    When you visit the Burnham School website you get an immediate feel for their strong comittment to kaupapa Māori and their Māori students and whānau.  Have a look and see, can you identify what some of the things are that give you this impression?

    What I love about this website is they have an entire webpage called Taha Māori. This page shares important resources to support the learning of te reo Māori with general vocabulary, karakia, waiata, kiwaha, himene whakatauki and much more.  But they go beyond just supporting te reo, they have links to their local iwi, they share their action plan that was developed alongside their whānau and community at their last whānau consultation evening, they have the kōrero about their school logo, the Tree of Knowledge and the have further links to other key resources or places tamariki and whānau can tap into for support.  

    This taonga is not locked up in the classroom, but up on their website for the whole online world to enjoy. This is a prime example of connecting with your community, engaging with whānau and the possibilities of blended e-learning - opening up this online resource to their community and beyond to enjoy anywhere, anytime!

    Ka mau te wehi Te Kura o Tiori - awesome mahi! 

  • Moana Timoko

    Kia ora Tamara

    I have quickly read over the introduction of Mē Kōrero - Let's talk and thought mmm instead of reading right through I'll add comments as I get myself through the document - as something comes to mind.

    I may end up revamping my entries at a later stage but at least I can contribute, be open and share my thought processes as I plod through.

    Making an even greater difference for Māori learners in education - I LOVE this.  The question is posed on the front cover of the document.  Let's boost it up, let's attempt to take a quantum leap - Let's not muck around!!!

    Our learners are too precious and deserve immediate action - Let's accelerate success!

    From a 'chalkface' perspective - I have seen the benefits of introducing 'the tools of today' today.  I have moved around to different cities, towns, communities and have taken note of the resources that some schools have access to.  Dare I say it but - it is not an even playing field.  BUT I have recently visited a school with a group of teachers from a different area to observe how a school has grasped an opportunity to engage their students (and community within a cluster)  using e-Learning as a focus.  The school (cluster) have been on a journey and are now sharing the good stuff - the things that worked for them.  The school reported that they had a remarkable increase in achievement levels for their Māori students - and of special mention was the fact that they acknowledged it may not have been because of the tools but that their students were very capable learners and that they may have just found a way to better engage their Māori learners. That acknowledgement created ripples for me.  What a great way to acknowledge Māori potential.

    I think that the sharing of school stories in how they have improved educational outcomes for Māori learners is beneficial.  Te Mangōroa is an awesome place to read about success stories and/or ideas that support Māori Learners to achieve education success as Māori.  

    Thought I'd add this to the end....equitable access to 'The tools of today'...today, would also be very beneficial - but that's another story...that I will elaborate on another day.