26 November 2016

Raumati freebie :-)

Kia ora ki a koutou katoa!
I’m feeling really inspired by a group of beginning teachers I met with this week. There’s something so invigorating about being amongst enthusiastic people!
I’m always encouraged by the enthusiasm of beginning teachers as they speak with excitement about their professional learning and plans to implement more te reo in their classrooms.
An enthusiastic teacher has energy that is contagious. Students see that their teacher, who they typically care about and want to please, makes topics and learning exciting and engaging. This then causes their own desire to learn, and excitement about achievement, to reach great heights.
Although teacher enthusiasm is not a panacea for all behaviour problems in the classroom, it is a powerful source of student engagement, as well as intrinsic goal orientation.

As part of our PD each rōpū have a collection of resources and they select those which are appropriate for their teaching level. They then make a 10-minute lesson using these resources.


As a learning tool, I love flashcards.
They are so versatile and can be used and re-used often. One rōpū had a “Raumati” resource (summer) which has 15 words and pictures.
Raumati (summer), jandals, drink, ice-cream, sun umbrella, sun glasses, sun screen, towel, sand, sand castle, bucket, spade, shells, hat and sun.


It also comes with a set of 12 bingo cards. What I love about bingo (I call it pingō) is that it can be played many times and the ākonga are motivated to play it again because next time they might win!
As they re-play the game they are hearing the kupu again. Magic happens-they start using the new language.
I use the flashcards when I’m calling the word. I also write the word on the back of the card and the phrase I’m using. E.g. “Kei a wai te pākete?” Who has the bucket? Or “He aha tēnei?” What’s this?
When the ākonga are confident with this, move on and teach them the response (included in the resource).
After playing a few times there will be no excuse for calling pōtae, hat. (If you’re not already using pōtae-especially this term)

Flashcards without words

Then the next set of flashcards has no text. The ākonga love this because they can prove to you that they know the kupu without reading it. Remind them that when they started they didn’t know all of these words and now……ka mau te wehi!
There is also a set of labels included if you would like to have a match the kupu to the picture activity. There are no limits of age or ability for this kēmu. Also its just plain fun. Each card has only six pictures on so each round is quick. 

Laminating this rauemi would be well worth it and seriously....you may find that some of the older rangatahi will enjoy playing this. I know they do in my whare!

Download freebie here

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe!

2 November 2016

Te Reo, Whakataukii and Growth Mindset

The question I hear most often is
"How can I incorporate more te reo into my classroom when I'm still learning myself?"

It is a question I love!

I have discussed games and activities, waiata and videos/apps. There are many good resources on TKI and He reo tupu he reo ora. However you can have all of the resources in Aotearoa but that doesn't necessarily help getting the language across to you or your ākonga.

What it requires is a plan. A methodical plan with a structure. I'm going to write a whole blog post on this during the holidays when you have time to peruse the depths of the internet. 

But for now an authentic, meaningful, clever way of integrating great reo is through whakataukī and wise Māori kōrero. Whakataukī can either be part of, or separate from the te reo lesson. 
The obvious way is to integrate them into "Topic" and for me growth mindset is a logical union made in heaven.
Some kaiako use whakataukī at the beginning of every topic as a focal point and it is a great way to bring in  Māori perspectives.

So what are whakataukī?
Proverbs-for Māori they are very much a part of everyday kōrero playing a large role within Māori culture and carrying important messages.
You may have heard them woven through whaikōrero (speeches) or used as reference points.
They  often serve as recommendations or suggestions to others or advice given.
The language used is figurative and merges historical events, holistic perspectives and underlying messages. It's purpose is sometimes to elevate the listener with underlying messages of faith, hope and determination.
Whakataukī are fun to learn and awash with advantages when language learning. They often hold many meanings which can easily be understood by even the youngest of our ākonga.
Here are some examples and there are sound bites to assist with pronunciation.

The qr code will take you to the Massey University  Kōrero Māori Resources page. Scroll down and this whakataukī is the 7th sound bite. I'm sure you can think of many places to put this one in your akomanga!
I love Qr codes as they help to get the pronunciation right.

My absolute favourite whakataukī for education is this one.

When talking about growth mindset this is so appropriate-composed of meaningful kupu.

I love the emphasis on  patience and perseverance. embracing challenge, striving, being persistent despite obstacles. It's the stuff success is made of. It's being inspired by the success of others and effort as a path to mastery and doing so with compassion (that is the ultimate hope!)

What are your favourite whakataukī, and how have you used them in your akomanga?
Coming up soon Audio qr cards and how USEFUL they are in the second language classroom.

Plus if you are interested in my article on Te Tiriti o Waitangi- living the values. (and how we can reflect the principles in our practice).
It's here.