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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.


  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 31 Jan 2013 1:52pm ()

    Kia ora katou,

    Kelly, I have been really intrigued for a while by what makes us who we are. What makes a student 'Maori', what makes them want to be 'Maori' and 'proud to be Maori'?

    I remember clearly the Maori boy I have taught who told me in no uncertain tone what he thought of the whole school having to do Kapa Haka. But I also see my little son to two immigrant parents who is proud to be in the Kapa Haka group. Obviously wanting to do KH or anything else like this does not make one Maori.Smile

    Nathan Mikaere-Wallis says that we are made up by 30% nature, 70% nurture. If someone is not raised immersed in a particular culture - e.g. Maori - what ore who are they? The same is true of course for immigrants, and we have had some great discussions this week on Pasifika students and the challenges they face in education.

    I think some of what makes us who we are is (in no particular order) positive role models, knowledge about our cultures (many of us come from multiple cultures), confidence in ourselves, the opportunity of informed choice in what part of our culture we practise, pride in ourselves and our version of culture. Our version of culture might depend on where we are (geographically), what local culture is practised around us (at school, at work, peers etc.), where we are at in our life (age, relationships, work etc.).

    I won't believe we are doing enough for our Maori students until I can see the gap in education close, and Maori students standing as proudly as any other students in all aspects of the education system and later in all walks of life. Proud of who they are, their culture and their educational success. Until then I will try my best to support Maori students, whanau and educators. While I can't force a student to be 'proud to be Maori' or practise aspects of his/her culture (as my example from the beginning), I can help them develop confidence, gain knowledge, and give them all opportunity to achieve in an education system that aims to value and support everyone.

  • 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

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