Areas of Leadership I have Undertaken in 2016

I have taken on the following areas leadership in 2016:

  • Planning and preparing school trips (Camp, Kapiti Island Trip, Health and Nutrition Program, Volleyball Tournament in Term 4).
  • Part of the Maths and Gifted & Talented curriculum team meetings
  • Lead target student meetings with our syndicate with the implementation of this document. I introduced this and lead following meetings where we collaborated and discussed students’ learning needs.

Teaching Te Reo Maori

During Term 2, I taught the non-kapa haka group a Te Reo unit: Taku akomanga – my classroom.

To prepare for this, I looked at the motivation for my students – they weren’t interested in doing lots of book work, and I thought this wouldn’t be very engaging anyway. I used the He Reo Tupu Maori document as a guide to plan this unit and found engaging resources to help with this such as: flash cards to play games with (snap, go fish, memory), bingo cards.

I chose these activities because they’re highly motivating for students and knew they would be more likely to take the learning on board because of the engaging context.

Ways I incorporate Maori in my Classroom

Everyday, I use Maori principals that underpin my classroom practice.

  • I have set up a classroom routine that every morning and at the end of the day, we say a karakia.
  • In the classroom, I have an expectation that students do not sit on tables. This is because it is a Maori belief that bottoms are not to be on tables where we eat food. I enforced this with the whole class and have made sure that students understand the reasoning behind this expectation.
  • I also do not allow students to wear potai’s inside as it is a Maori custom not to wear hats indoors.
  • I use Te Reo commands and language in my class: whakarongo mai (to get attention of  the students), et tu, e noho, haere ra, greetings (kia ora, morena). These are built into my daily practice and students respond to these as they would any other language.