28 August 2017

Te Reo Maaori Workshop


I am really happy to offer this workshop in the October school holidays.
Yes that's right non-teachers. Teachers work in their holidays!

My focus will be on  exploring with you, some fun and creative ways of integrating te reo Māori and opportunities to promote student agency.
Perfect for
*BT's (PCT)
*Curriculum Team Leaders
*Anyone wanting to re-fuel their practice

Any questions? thetereomaoriclassroom@gmail.com
For details, cost and a letter for the principal, here's the link

20 August 2017

Getting Ready for Te Wiki o te Reo Maaori 2017


Over the next few weeks I will be posting some ways of incorporating more te reo for Te wiki o te reo Māori.
At one of the schools I've been in the librarian brought in a cool idea. "Stop, drop and kōrero."
At any time of the day the bell would signal it was time for this. Whatever you were involved in you would stop and find a book in te reo. Sometimes kaiako would swap rooms and read a legend to a different class.
A great idea but there aren't always suitable books for each learner to read.
One way to overcome this is for the tamariki to make their own books and read to each other.




These foldable books are perfect for this task.
I have provided a free template of "He pai ki ahau..." "I like." Everyone likes to talk about their likes!
Each ākonga can name, write and illustrate  the things they like. These could be food, sports, clothing, animals etc. You could have a selection of picture dictionaries to find kupu hou.
You could also start with word building of all the likes of the ākonga and the kupu Māori could be found as an ongoing activity.
Put them all of the completed pukapuka in a box and at a designated time each ākonga selects one out of the box, reads it in Māori and finds out about someone else's likes. The illustrations will need to reflect the likes!
I'm sure this will be a great success and by the end of the week, ākonga should be very good at saying "He pai ki ahau..."

Here's Mr Five year old with his pukapuka :-)

There are two coloured exemplars-one with translations and the other is te reo only.
If you are looking for a bit of variety here are some other foldables.

Ngā Manu-Native birds #1
Ngā Ngāngara-Insects#2
Ngā Rākau-Native trees #3
Kei Roto i te Ngahere-In the forest #4
Kei Roto i te Moana-In the sea #5

Bundle #1 New Zealand Flora and Fauna

How Are You? Kei te Pēhea Koe #6
Pets-Ngā Mōkai #7
In the Classroom-Kei Roto i te Akomanga#8
What's the Weather Like? He Aha te Āhua o te Rangi?#9
What Are You Doing? Kei te Aha Koe? #10

Bundle #2 Everyday Phrases

Let me know how you go!
Kia ora te reo D O W N L O A D  here




13 August 2017

The Akomanga: The Special Aotearoa Classroom


I was lucky enough to work with several groups of Beginning Teachers this week.
One of the many things we touched on was classroom environment.

 *When you look around your akomanga, does it look like a classroom in Aotearoa?

 *Are both Tiriti partners reflected in displays, language and culture?

 *Is there a seamless weaving and integration of te reo Māori where possible ?

 *Are the displays, charts and labels on the wall being used? Are they interactive?

 When I produce my resources I think about these things. I want my final resources to represent aspects of te ao Māori to whakamana (uphold) te reo Māori and also to represent Aotearoa and the "flavour" of NZ.

 "A good resource is a resource to grow with."

Selection of resource.


 We discussed how a resource should have a +1+2 factor. i.e. If it is a number chart, it should have at least one or two more teaching points, other than the obvious. If charts/resources are on your wall they are taking valuable "real estate", valuable learning space. It is important that what is visible is used and has heaps of learning within the one resource.

The finger patterns have been changed from the ones in this video. They are the preferred "Thumb up first, for "one".

To answer a few questions:
This has a whole school licence. This means all teachers in your school may use it under the one purchase.
Why? Usually the resources can be used by at least all of the kaiako in your team (and most often more). It saves having to go back and buy more licences without breaching the terms of a single licence. Also it means you are FREE to share it with others, in your kura, who may get heaps from it too.
Many of the kaiako purchasing these are the Team/Curriculum Leaders-they are then able to offer it to all via the school drive.
I feel it is the fairer and more economical choice for kura :-)
There are two ways of purchasing.
If you have a TpT account here:
New Zealand dollars here:

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I have just added worksheets 1-10 which match the b&w versions with the addition of the sentences, writing the number word number.