Date
27 September 2022

​Understand the identity, culture, and language of each student

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Valuing what each student brings to the classroom’

Know your learner

Know your learner

Linda Ojala describes how she designs learning that works for all students.

Seek to understand a student's culture

Seek to understand a student's culture

Six rangatahi who identify as deaf communicate their aspirations.

Work in partnership with students

Work in partnership with students

The culture of the child cannot enter the classroom until it has first entered the consciousness of the teacher.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Take time to build relationships

Find out where students are from

Find out where students are from

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

Consider a range of activities that give learners the opportunity to share about their origins, iwi, hupu or whānau connection:

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Knowing all students

Information to support teachers with knowing their learners so they can help them recognise their competencies, demonstrate their strengths, and work towards their aspirations.

Publisher: The New Zealand Curriculum Online

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Pepeha

Read time: 7 min

This Junior Journal article explains what a pepeha is and why it is important in Māori culture.

Publisher: Literacy Online

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Value what each student brings ”:

Return to the guide “Developing an inclusive classroom culture ”

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