Date
20 September 2021

Build relationships through connection, understanding, and trust

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Knowing your Māori learners and their contexts’

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Connect culture, learning, and supports

Connect culture, learning, and supports

Strategies to support effective classroom practice.

The most effective classroom practice occurs where kaiako:

  • ensure that their teaching is responsive to both the socio-cultural, emotional and cognitive dimensions of ākonga Māori
  • understand the importance of creating a learning environment where the background and learning needs of ākonga Māori are interdependent
  • seek ways to adjust their teaching to take account of the particular social, emotional and academic needs of ākonga Māori.

Source: Schools' provision for students at risk of not achieving (August 2008) (opens in a new tab/window)

Build trust

Build trust

Kaiako talk about the importance of getting to know ākonga Māori and building trust to enable learning.

Find out where students are from

Find out where students are from

Create ongoing opportunities for ākonga Māori to share where they are from, what is important to them, and why.

Create authentic contexts

Create authentic contexts

Create opportunities where ākonga Māori can directly connect their language, culture, and identity to learning.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

The effective teaching profile

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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File

Tama-te-rā Ariki: Voices of tamariki and rangatahi Māori March 2018

Publisher: Children's Commissioner | Manaakitia a Tātou Tamariki

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Know your Māori learners”:

Return to the guide “Supporting ākonga Māori”

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