22 March 2018

Are you wanting to have a more interesting and balanced te reo Māori programme?
Would you like to have more te reo ideas for your reading tumble/programme?
Does integrating a "Wonder Wall" into your te reo programme interest you?

Aligned with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Tātaiako and P.R.T's this workshop will include the above and teacher/child focussed resources.

These are some of the topics I will include in my PD on 23rd April 2018.

This interactive professional development and learning opportunity will include practical resources and will workshop how to provide more te reo opportunities through:
*The “Wonder wall”
* Pūrākau (Myths and Legends)
*Blooms Taxonomy
* Games and activities for your reading programme
*Values (Kaitiakitanga, Mahitahi-Collaboration)
* Whakataukī

We will use simple te reo Māori (from Level One Achievement Objectives-)

Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13. Focus will be on the Language modes of Listening, Reading, Viewing, Speaking,Writing, Presenting and Listening.


Kia ora Michele,
We have made significant progress with Maori at our school and a large part of that is down to your fabulous professional guidance in te reo.  You have an approach that is engaging, non-threatening and memorable. We all love our integrated Maori curriculum ...read our recent E R O review!

Nā Debbie Waller Orewa North Primary School

 “I thought your course was great. I loved the interactive, FUN nature of it, plus your passion shines through! “

“Thank you Michelle for a great workshop and fantastic resources”

 “I feel so much more confident to give the language a go. The course is just what I needed-a starting point. With the fantastic resources I can design an awesome manageable program for me and my team.”

“I can’t wait to try these activities. It makes learning the language easy"

As a specialist te reo Māori teacher in a mainstream primary school I can vouch wholeheartedly for the workshops that Michelle presents. I have attended eight of them over the last three years and each has been inspirational, practical, and thoroughly enjoyable. They stand out as the most incredibly useful professional development tool available for classroom teachers who wish to offer an engaging, authentic, well scaffolded and structured te reo programme to their students.
Her experience teaching te reo Māori me ōna tikanga to all ages at primary school means that she knows how to access each age group to the learning and how to use the variety of te reo resources out there, in schools and on-line, to maximise and normalise the communicative use of te reo by the students.  Having worked for the last three years with the scaffolded planning and resources that she provides for each age level, I know that they work brilliantly. Students achieve success in learning not only Māori words but gaining confidence to speak naturally in sentences to one another in te reo. I have also loved seeing how the students take their enthusiasm for learning te reo home and share it with their families, lifting the mana of the reo in our own predominantly non-Māori community.
As a teacher the workshops give you a proven, scaffolded pathway to meeting the achievement objectives within Level 1& 2 of the Te Reo Māori curriculum via
legends, action songs and games, communicative learning activities, whakatauki, visual prompts and art projects.  They take all the hard work out of planning. She demonstrates how to use the Ministry of Education’s He Reo Tupu He Reo Ora  resource creatively and effectively. Even if your own level of te reo is minimal you can launch the te reo learning journey in your classroom and have a lot of fun learning along with your students. Whether you are lead teacher for te reo in your school or a general classroom teacher wanting to integrate te reo into your classroom Michelle makes it real, exciting and manageable!

Annie Forgie
(BFA, Dip Tch, Dip Te Ara Reo)

Register HERE

If you are living in another part of Aotearoa (other than Auckland) and are interested in this kind of PD please email me and we will see what we can do :-)

16 March 2018

Whakataukii Collaborative Posters

Collaborative Posters are a  fantastic way to introduce whakataukī in to your akomanga.
This simple lesson is an inclusive, fun, community building activity.

What are collaborative posters?

Each student is given one section of a large mosaic poster to colour in. 
By looking carefully at their matching coloured piece,  ākonga practice blending and mixing colours as close as they can to the original.Once all sheets are coloured and cut out they are then assembled  to reveal a large multi-colored mosaic/poster/mural. This one being two beautiful manaia.
By completing this activity, the learners are exemplifying the collaboration whakataukī:
"Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini"
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

By completing this poster the proverb has been actioned.

Each person has a numbered piece to colour in.
Each individual page has a coloured piece as a guide


When the colouring has been completed you can simply glue the finished product to a backing sheet or alternatively as a Growth Mindset activity see if the ākonga can work together to put the mosaic back together. This is not as easy as it seems!

Some teachers who have bought these for their schools have said its a really easy and effective way to introduce and promote whakataukī to other colleagues.
They have been used from Year 1's to Year 13's and I often use them on my courses as a collaborative exercise. 

(Great for any collaborative-team building.)

This whakataukī is one of my favourites. AKO-reciprocal learning is the kaupapa this whakataukī falls under. Be an active learner! Build your skills so that you can do those things you want to do. Wishing often doesn't bring the final result. Planning, practicing, attempting, failing, attempting again, improving.....all of those character building traits can be discussed when introducing this whakataukī. The English translation is optional, as I know many of you like te reo Māori only, on your walls. (He pai tērā whakaaro!)

Here is our fabulous finished product. During our te reo PD we gave this a go to trial  the process. There were definitely opportunities to collaborate about the same colours, shading or texture. The kaiako were a group of second year teachers, teaching years 0-3.
This could also be introduced if your Inquiry was to do with Te Moana (The Sea).

One of my favourite pūrākau "Rata and the rākau/waka". This resource includes the story of Rata. If your topic was SUSTAINABILITY, KAITIAKITANGA, TE NGAHERE-the forest this would be a perfect resource.
"Tiakina te wao nui a Tāne hei oranga mōu."

Look after the great forest of Tāne and it will look after you.

Is your topic Native Birds? This  collaborative talks about our uniqueness. We are all different like the Tūī the Kererū and the Kākā.


Although not a whakataukī, this ANZAC poster has a quote from "The Ode of Remembrance". I was inspired by a wee four year old who learnt this ode in Māori to recite at an ANZAC parade.This includes the words (in te reo) and a link to a native speaker reciting the ode. 
The banner is also available in te reo only.

 This is a perfect opportunity to use some pastel techniques if you wanted to teach some art skills as well.
 Finished product. Ka mau te wehi!!


Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

6 February 2018

***Happy Waitangi Day FREEBIE 2018 ***

Briscoes have commemorated Waitangi weekend by having a big sale! I have commemorated by making these cool table tents!
I have always loved these in class. One option is for the tamariki to write their names on the front and use the te reo prompts on the back during the day.
If I wanted to use the tents as a strategy to repeat my reo during the day I would give them out by saying"Jayden, kei hea koe?"Jayden where are you?" Jayden could reply "Kei konei ahau" "I'm here."
OR you could write one of your values on the front of the tent (they are editable) and then an "I can" list or success criteria on the back. It's bottomless what you can use these for.

If you meet in the morning as a large group these would be cool so that all the teachers (especially new ones) could get to know the tamariki.
Being highly creative I'm sure you can come up with a HEAP of uses.
A big shout out to Mrs Green Grubs for her awesome borders that can be found here.

A Treaty thought  -as teachers our job is to be treaty partners. We need to be consistently protecting te reo Māori, customs and tikanga.
Kia pai te rā nei ki a koe, ki a koutou katoa! Enjoy the tents.
Available here

Writing a Pepeha

Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13

1.4 Communicate about personal information, such as name, parents’ and grandparents’ names, iwi, hapū, mountain, and river, or home town and place of family origin.

Pepeha is a way of introducing oneself. 
Using a set structure it identifies who we are, where we’re from and where we belong. Pepeha is used in a Māori context and has a formal basis, but the idea is universal.This resource was made to help learners understand the relevance of the pepeha through the pepeha of Matua Hēmi.Sometimes pepeha can be recited easily but the ākonga don't actually know what they are explaining.

The resource comes with templates and explanations to help kaiako and ākonga.
There are also visuals  for us visual learners too!
Pepeha format can  vary from iwi to iwi and there are often interesting reasons for this. 
For many tauiwi it is a long journey and process to refine their pepeha to make it fit the most authentic way for them.
Available on TpT  or Payhip $NZ
I'm sure this will be of help to you and your learners!

27 January 2018

Simple Greetings and Farewells in Te Reo Maaori

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Fabulous Te Reo Classroom Timetable Labels for Your Learning Space

I have always enjoyed having labels, posters, name tags,  post its-on my classroom walls. As a first year teacher the emphasis was always on a "print rich" teaching space. Everything was labelled and I just loved it! I would label paints with each colour, crayons pencils etc in both Māori and English. This was not only for the ākonga but also as a prompt for me so I didn't revert back to English.
 One of the reading choices was reading around the room and that's exactly what the learners would do! Paired reading-high up and low down with the pointer. It made every piece of wall content meaningful.
That is how I approach my resource making. If there is an opportunity to add a bit more meaning, or a few new kupu, or a relevant phrase I try to do this.
These timetable labels aren't just "labels" - many have prompts for teachers and learners to "add" a little more relevance or understanding.

An example is for te reo label-Tama Tere (Fast Boy) is introducing himself. Below him Whaea is telling her poem reader his work is "Tino pai"- hashtag very good!
Two roll call labels- two opportunities per day for greetings practice. Could one of your learners reply "Kei konei ahau" without being prompted??

These are available as a whole school licence so all teachers in the ONE school are able to share this resource.

these are available on TpT here. Or $NZ here


24 January 2018

Te Reo Māori Days, Months and Dates

Available here ($NZ) or on TpT

Make your own Maramataka
Learners can change date

Make a mini book with all of the relevant phrases and names.