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A REFRESHER about what works for Māori learners?

Started by Moana Timoko 14 Jan 2013 10:48am () Replies (35)

Kia ora koutou

What works for Māori Learners?  You may know, you may not - You may have some ideas and you may be seeking new ideas.  

You may want to share something that has worked for you OR you may want to share something that you've seen work.

How have you improved Māori student achievement?  Let us know how you know.

How have you improved Māori student engagement?  Let us know how you know.

How have you hooked your Māori students on to learning?  Let us know how you know.

Are you using a blend of face to face and virtual approaches to improve student learning?  If yes, how? - let us know.

I would love to read your kōrero - That's a bit of a play on words for you.

There are a lot of success stories out there but I want to read it, hear it & see it here.

There is a Māori whakatauki -

E kore te kumara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka - The kumara will not speak of its own sweetness.  

Share about someone else if you are not comfortable about sharing about yourself.


  • Esther Rakete (View all users posts) 02 Feb 2013 10:25am ()

    Ata marie kōutou! Putting in my one cent worth to say: The day the education system accepts and makes room for every child's cultural capital is the day when true Ako takes place.  It will be the day when Māori and all other children will experience success as Māori, and whatever other beautiful culture with it's richness attend our kura because the teacher allows the akonga to be the Kaiako.  That to me is true engagement.  When you get them to teach you because you're humble enough to admit you don't know everything.  And when that day comes it will be like we imagine in Kōtahitanga schools: if it's good for Māori its good for everyone else.

    My issue is that the House of Pain we call our Educational system will continuously push out tamariki from all walks of life as failures if their cultural capital does not match the cultural capital in our system.  Our system is not inclusive enough as far as I'm concerned and is based on inherent stereotypes and even racism.  

    I too have a son like you Moana who is 'just not into Kapa Haka'.  He has other skills, other talents which make us understandably proud to be his parents.  It's been said - You don't know who you are until someone tells you are not.  Labels such as 'not respectful of...' implies our boy is disrespectful.  We must mind the labels because reports, especially school reports can haunt for life.  If we must make a judgment, we must know the history, have the discussion, gain some perspective and make room for difference.  Not every Māori wants to do kapa haka and not every Māori wants to be an academic.  Kei tēnā, kei tēnā o tātou o tātou ake whakaaro.  Being Māori is not in the eye of the beholding teacher, but in the eye of the akonga to whom the view belongs.

    "Here's where I stand, here's who I am! Love me, but don't tell me who I have to be, here's who I am, I'm what you see.  You said I had to change and I was trying, but my heart was lying, don't turn away I want you near me, but you have to hear me!" Tiffany Taylor - Camp soundtrack.

    Time that cultural capital of all individuals were accepted into our education system - not just trying to force them to match the existent capital reproduced by the system.

    Just a thought...Tongue Out

  • Hoana Hati (View all users posts) 05 Feb 2013 11:03am ()

    Kia ora ra tatou e kaha nei ki te whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro mo tenei kaupapa. E whakaae ana ki ngā kōrero o Beth Māori as individuals.

    I recall a story I heard about Ta Himi Henare from my dad. He was chosen frm birth in the role he was to lead through childhood, adolescense and adulthood. He was classified as a gifted child and therefore he was accorded the teachings from esteemed elders, learned kuia. His bedroom was att he Marae where even as a baby he heard the kōrero, the chants, waiata, karakia of all sorts.

    He was sent through to school to learn the ways of tauiwi. Because he was literate in Māori, english language was easily learnt' as his second language.

    Ta Himi Henare went on to lead his people into great things, co-founded Te Kohanga Reo and I believe all our children if treated individually as they are gifted will endeavour to reach their own pinnacles of success.

  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 05 Feb 2013 11:41am ()

    Kia ora, Moana,

    you have said what I couldn't - one size fits one. I love seeing all the discussion on the topic you have started, we can all learn so much from each other!

    Many thanks, Monika

  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 11 Feb 2013 1:29pm ()

    Check out this link to a post started by Tamara Bell

    What does Māori enjoying educational success as Māori mean to you?



    You may want to contribute to the discussion in both places, so copy and paste here too.  Thanks

  • Tamara Bell  (View all users posts) 11 Feb 2013 6:00pm ()

    Wow - there is such much rich kōrero in here it is hard to know what else to add to the discussion! So far it has all been yummy and I have got a lot out of it.  I guess one thing I could add is my own personal schooling experience because this shaped me into the educator I am today, one with a passion for providing quality and effective teaching for Māori students.  

    I grew up in a smallish, Canterbury rural farming community where there def were not a lot of brown faces around.  I always knew I was Māori but didn't really know what that meant, if anything! Once I started attending my local high school - a high decile, rural school, very low % of any other ethnicity besides Pākehā, I didn't see myself as Māori really but just the same as everyone else, mainly as Pākehā - because I didn't see anything Māori around me, I couldn't relate to that being a part of who I was.  

    There was no te reo Māori in the school, no kapahaka, no Māōri teachers, no tikanga, waiata, karakia-nothing.  The small amount of other Māori students I knew at school were very much assimilated, like myself, to the predominent culture of the school.  And all of our Māori parents were happy for this to happen, as in their eyes being Māori was something that had held them back and they didn't want that for their tamariki, so no-one rocked the boat.  It was a different world down here in rural Canterbury, back in those days.  But has it changed, what do you think, what in your experience have you found in these types of Sth Is schools? I would love to hear some recent stories, without naming any schools of course and I hope to hear more inspiring kōrero rather than more of the same stuff I found!

    What is interesting though is that my siblings and I, who generally all had similar experiences at school, all went on to learn te reo later at tertiary level, to research our whānau history and whakapapa, to enter te ao Māori and find out who we really were.  All 4 of us, despite the lack of cultural knowledge and teachings we had throughout our schooling, felt compelled to embrace our Māori identity and to learn anyway, anywhere and from anyone we could.  It almost wasn't a conscious decision but more like an ineviatable journey!  

    My lesson from this experience is that you cannot let the culture of the school or community justify what you teach and how you teach your Māōri students.  In my experience it is often used by schools, particularly down here in the South Is, as an excuse as little to no te reo and tikanga Māori in the school...e.g. our % of Māori students is low, our Māori students achieve at or above Nat standards, our Māori parents don't register or want to be identified as Māori, none of our Māori students know anything about their Māori heritage or speak any reo, practice any tikanga... sub text of which reads 'if they don't bother, why should we'.

    So why should you?  Because you could make a difference for even just 1 Māori child, you could open the door to te ao Māori for them and change their life, their sense of belonging, their identity, language and culture!  You could be that teacher.  The one teacher unfortunately I never had the privilege of experiencing during in my primary or high school years.  It took the brave and bold steps of my older sister to be that inspiration for me and my younger siblings - ngā mihi NUI ki tōku tuakana, te mātāmua o te whānau Riki, ko Janelle Riki tōna ingoa, he kaitakawaenga mō Te Toi Tupu hoki.  He ingoa rongonui i te ao VLN!

    Nō reira, kia kaha ngā kaiako o Te Wai Pounamu, o Aotearoa katoa! So this is a calling to our South Is teachers and school leaders, and to all teachers.  Be a change agent, make a difference for your Māori students be they numerous, or the only 1 at your kura - they still need you to open the door for them.  Your name could be the one they write online 10 years from now, when sharing their story about inspirational teachers who made a difference for them... isn't that why we got into teaching in the first place?

  • Hoana Hati (View all users posts) 12 Feb 2013 11:48am ()

    For every Māori child that is born into this world it's another taonga in our kete. We become guardians to raise and nuture our taonga to the best he/she can be in our society. We have many systems in place that show success, achievement, etc. Success for this taonga begins from it's first breath, it's first baby talk, steps, teeth etc. We celebrate first birthdays because our taonga has succeeded the first hurdle in his/her journey of life. Some of us celebrate their birthdays from here on but the significant celebrations that stand out for me are 7, 14, 21, 50, 60 and so on. The journey through what works for our taonga sometimes can be as simple as we make it or as difficult depending on what pathway we expect them to follow. 

  • Beth Dixon (View all users posts) 12 Feb 2013 11:51am ()

    Kai te huinga kupu, kai ngā wai e rukuruku nei a whakaaro ... tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou, otirā tātau katoa.  Kai whea mai tēnei wānanga a tātau!  

    Karekau he āpitihanga ki ā ngā kaituhi e tuhi nei, atu i waku mihi ki te kaupapa.  Kai waho i te wānanga nei a Taringa Morimori, a tangata kore whai whakaaro e tū ana i te aroaro o wā tātau tamariki ... ka aroha hoki!  Ki te kore a kaiako mā e tahuri mai ki wēnei kupu a tātau, ka noho kē ko wā tātau tamariki te papa.  Ka mutu, ka kore rātau e tū i te tihi o angitu.  Nā reira, me kipakipa, me whakatenatena, me whakapātaritari i wō tātau hoa mahi kia tahuri mai, kia aro nui mai ki te āhua o te tamaiti Māori - ki tōna ahurea, ki tōna reo, ki tōna whakapapa, ki tōna anō ao.  Mā reira pea e rongo ai te tamaiti i tōna mana i te ao tūnekeneke nei.

    Tongue Out  

  • Tahu Paki  (View all users posts) 12 Feb 2013 12:01pm ()

    Tēnā koutou e mara mā mō ngā kōrero kua wharikihia! Nei ko te mihi uruhou ki a koutou otira ki a tātou katoa. He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao? Māku e kī atu - he tāngata he tāngata he tāngata! He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea! What works for our Māori learners?????? If we get the simple things right in the first instance then our tamariki will experience success! What could this look like? To me it is relationship building, knowing who our tamariki are, acknowledging whānau, hapu and iwi, acknowledging whakapapa, ngā ahurea me te tuakiritanga o te tamaiti, understanding dreams and aspirations of whānau for their tamariki, identifying the strengths and pukenga of our tamariki and building on those, knowing what our tamariki want to learn about and being willing and able to change our personal discourses! To be an agent of change we all have to realise that we can always do things better especially when we are supporting our ākonga to learn and succeed.

  • Tracey Tito (View all users posts) 13 Feb 2013 8:09pm ()

    Kia ora whanau, Wow yes great korero, so much input some great minds out there. Wow I must say I am a maori learner, my education was set in mainstream and maori medium, and I remember some fantastic teachers not in an educational way but more of a way that my WOW teachers took time out to find out who I am, and what im REALLY about. They stopped and talked to me like I was their niece, their moko someone important, and as a new teacher that is what im going to do, be a WOW teacher, take time out, stop and notice my students for who they are. I am now an adult and I reflect back on the different kind of ways I have been treated, judged, looked at, and amoungest all the negitive sterio type socialism that the world has created My WOW teachers ALWAYS stand out for me ALWAYS . So thankyou to all you WOW teachers out there. 

  • Phoebe Davis (View all users posts) 13 Feb 2013 8:14pm ()

    ...and Tracey Tito I know for sure you are a WOW Teacher yourself. Great koreo and ohhh so true. 

    Ngā mihi rangatira ki ā koe.

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