Using Whakataukī in the Classroom

Whakatauki are such a rich part of te ao Māori. In Aotearoa te ao Māori is founded on a deep tradition of oral hītori. Whakataukī hold a wealth of knowledge, long on meaning but short enough to learn, say and pass on. Furthermore, they help make sense of the world-getting on with others, respecting and living harmoniously with the environment, and are a way for conveying a values system.

Whakataukī are used to guide the way. Often they go beyond the individual to a connection with others, the environment and the spiritual world.

Used at the Marae and at hui they are clever explanations, or wise kupu. In the akomanga they can be an essential part of every curriculum topic.  They are an under-used resource. Any google search will pull up dozens of whakataukī. Many can easily be woven into the reading and language programmes. It is easy to find a whakataukī to support  just about every topic and this is a perfect way of presenting a Māori perspective to that topic.
The values of ako, manaakitanga, kotahitanga, mahi ngātahi, kaitiakitangi can be emphasised through these clever proverbs.

This new resource is a collection of 15 fantastic whakataukī. The freebie is one of my favourites to do with Ako-learning and Mātauranga-knowledge.

Task Cards

Included in this bundle of Whakataukī are task cards which focus on multiple intelligences.Our ākonga have individual differences. True enough, these differences can sometimes create challenges for us unless forearmed with activities.
When we  acknowledge thatour learners have different gifts and talents some tasks become easier all around. As Howard Gardner proposes in his theory on Multiple Intelligences, children can be inclined to one (or several) of an array of talents: verbal, logical, musical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual, and natural. Taking this into consideration in managing a class can be a lot of work, but when utilised properly and efficiently, it can really benefit both you and your students!

These Whakataukī lend themselves perfectly to a range of activities.

What benefits can we get when we utilise our students differences?

First, their maximum potential can be unleashed. You might be surprised to see even the so-called “low-performing” learners excel in what they’re supposed to do and let them shine!
Also, it can break the “normal”  classroom activities and open up opportunities for newer  exciting tasks which they will surely enjoy.

Last but not the least, you can provide an atmosphere similar to how adults work in the real-world: a diverse
community working in collaboration using their unique gifts and talents.

What a good and early start to prepare them for the world out there!

Download the freebie here to see if this poster and some of the te reo word focussed activities.

The 15 posters are such a beautiful addition to any space.

These will be great to start conversations and to encourage more reo from the Māori world. I am sure you will really enjoy these. There is a template that you can use for other tasks that you, or your learners may come up with.
Finally, as another awesome activity try a jigsaw. This online site is such fun and making a jigsaw is a very interactive way of using whakataukī.
Firstly have a good look at the whakataukī.
Use the left circular arrows to begin the game.
Have fun!

The Romans have a saying: repetitio est mater studiorum. (Repetition is the mother of all learning).





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