Date
24 July 2024

Explore and find solutions together

The ngahere works as one system to nurture young plants. If ākonga are showing signs of struggling with stress or distress, it falls on the adults to help them work out what might not be working in their school or class environment.

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Be curious

Be curious

Curiosity allows us to be non judgemental and keep an open mind about what is shaping behaviour.

For example:

  • Step outside your own worldview.
  • Be comfortable with uncertainty.
  • Be mindful of your own assumptions and biases.
  • Listen and observe.
  • Deliberately adopt a “not knowing” stance.
  • Support ākonga and whānau to lead and guide the conversations.

Work as a team

Work as a team

Te Puna Wai Ora, Invercargill Middle School staff talk about how they have worked together to make the most of every learning opportunity.

Have the right people at the table

Have the right people at the table

Determine who will be part of the learning support community to work in partnership with teachers, ākonga and their whānau.

This infographic decision pathway may help: Who's at your table – Tātai Aho Rau (PDF, 118KB)

Possible collaborators could include:

  • Leadership representatives or deans
  • Trusted community support people
  • Colleagues who have expertise or trusting relationships with ākonga and whānau
  • Teacher aides
  • Learning support coordinators or facilitators
  • Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour 
  • Iwi services
  • Disability support groups
  • Community, local religious or youth leaders
  • Ministry of Education specialists, such as speech-language therapist or educational psychologist
  • Local medical, child and adolescent mental health services 
  • Local social work services

Defining the purpose of the group

Defining the purpose of the group

Develop together your kaupapa and kōrero for this mahi. Find words and images that capture the intention and purpose of the group.

If the intention is to develop strengths-based partnerships, parties need, at the very least, a shared understanding of the purpose of the partnership and their respective roles in it.

Ally Bull

Check your thinking with your peers

Check your thinking with your peers

Take every opportunity to check your thinking and observations with your teaching peers.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Foster relationships and partnerships”:

Return to the guide “Behaviour and learning”

Guide to Index of the guide: Behaviour and learning

Strategies for action:

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