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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Growing Roses in Concrete

I was emailed this TEDx talk by a friend with the subject line:  This reminded me of you.  What a huge compliment.  Maybe it is the passionate rants I get into, or the frustration with why we need to work on educating students of their Tino Rangatiratanga...but Jeff Duncan helped me to articulate what I sometimes can't.  It's worth a watch...

This pyramid of Maslow's Hierachy of Needs sprung out to me.  I liken Self Actualization to Tino Rangatiratanga.  Tino Rangatiratanga being 'self governing'...students who can make decisions for themselves, they control their future and have power in the classroom/school/system.  They have autonomy over their learning and are self determined.

I put cultural visibility into the category of building love, belonging and esteem.  This is basically a framework supporting my decision making as I try to weave my learning from the past into the future.  

If you read my last blog post, you will see that this framework doesn't present itself in my class as holding hands and talking about feelings - although we do hold hands for karakia at the beginning of the day and at the end, but through subtle (or not so subtle) integration of these thoughts and values throughout the day, across the curriculum.

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