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  • Pohatu Paku 06 Nov 2016 8:50pm () in Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016

    As a result of engaging in NAPP/EEL conversations online, I can now apply leadership thinking and strategies that further embed thinking and consideration around culturally responsive and relational pedagogy in classrooms.

    NAPP has given me the confidence to start asking the hard questions, and I have done so in our PD programmes – such as Kia Eke Panuku. Through KEP, we have focused on the Kia Eke Panuku action plans. These action plans reflect five dimensions that are the levers for accelerated school enhancement; Leadership, Evidence-based inquiry, Culturally responsive and relational pedagogy, Educationally powerful connections with Māori and lastly Literacy, te reo Māori and numeracy. Through these action plans, I have refined my inquiry, to looking at activating the agency of teachers in my Advisory to embed culturally responsive and relational pedagogy in classrooms. I predominantly look at Māori Literacy, as I am one of the te reo Māori teachers at Te Aute College. However, we all work together and more than often find ourselves in cross curricular situations where we are helping each other out.

    Just a side note, another thing NAPP has given me, is further thinking of my thinking, in particular around ‘listening’ without interrupting/ replying. Upon reflection, it seems that many of us practitioners across Aotearoa New Zealand are guilty of listening to reply, rather than listening to understand.

  • Pohatu Paku 09 Oct 2016 8:22pm () in Why are innovator’s mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016

    Certainly, Wendy Keating, I agree with you on your whakaaro about collaboration.

    I agree that the principal is the main driver of the moral purpose by ensuring that a focus is maintained on what teachers do to have an impact on learning. Our principal certainly does, and like you mentioned – he sets the tone that the school is an effective professional community, and all who work within that community need to be committed to a collective responsibility for students, and to be focused on an intensive analysis of what can improve student learning.

    You’re right – it is responsibility of all to ensure that it is enacted on a practical level, and not just as a philosophy that doesn’t have any real impact on student learning. We are a small school, with a roll of 105. So we work as a whānau, with whānau to ensure we send out young men who are vital and contributing New Zealanders and fine global citizens, loving fathers who have caring enduring relationships with their partners and children and men who are creative, innovative, dependable, reliable, hardworking members of their whānau, hapū and iwi. It requires us to never lose sight of it – and collaboration is the key! Well, it’s one of many keys!

    Pōhatu Paku, Advisory Leader, Te Aute College.