If there was a way for me to articulate the kaupapa of my inquiry at its deepest level, it would be this TEDx talk, presented by one of my favourite New Zealanders, Tame Iti.
This quote in particular, sums up my ideologies and aspirations in teaching:
"At home, I learned about my tipuna, ancestors, mountain, the river - why these things are important to the mana of Tuhoe. But...at school...I learnt 'Hey diddle-diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon.'"
I am aiming to not only grow the digital skills of the students, but build their mana. Their sense of self. So that no matter where they go in the world, they can stand tall, knowing who they are and where they come from.
Please watch this - I've watched it a million times and am so obsessed by everything this bilingual human says.