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!
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe!