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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Ako in Action - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Room 10 were asked to share their reo expertise with the school as part of our Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrations and to put ako into action.

I put students into groups of 3-4 and then asked them to decide which year levels they would prefer to take responsibility for.  Luckily for me, I had a very even spread of boys and girls groups and an even spread of those wanting to work in the junior classes and those that wanted to work in the senior classes.

Next, we brainstormed ideas for possible lessons.  We brainstormed ways we enjoy learning.  We discussed Learn, Create, Share as a possible structure for our lessons.  Students were challenged to co-construct lesson plans using Google Slides in their groups.  The lessons had to be about an hour long and cater to the many different ages and skill sets of the students in our school.

I was amazed by their plans.  Students had many ideas.  What they needed support with was the 'theme' or 'thread' of the lesson.  E.g. if they had a slide with information about a tiki on it, what were they going to get students to create from that information?  Or, having slides with youtube videos were great, but how were they practically going to 'teach' the class the song they had chosen to embed?  Students had to think about what they find helpful when they are learning and what switches them off!  They said long stretches of talk could be broken up with games or songs.  A very common thread was ART activities.  Something I know my class love, so that was great for me to see as their teacher.  To see what they enjoy.

Here are the students' incredible lesson plans.  I am sharing these with you, because I will no doubt be using these in my future lessons with future classes!  They have basically created Te Reo lesson plans and resources!

Our regular learning timetable was put aside as we dedicated the week to planning, printing, practicing and teaching our lessons around the school.

Students were buzzing!  I had comments from teachers about confidence and students returning to class saying, "Miss, I want to be a teacher now!"  I definitely did not let them forget that this is what I have to do for Reading, Writing, Maths, Inquiry for four groups each Sunday night!  I think we had a shared appreciation.  Especially after their teaching time was done.  "Miss, they were a bit switched off, but I think it was because it was the afternoon."  YEP.  "Miss, they did that part really fast, so we played a game."  AMEN.

I am glad to have had the push for this from my principal!  Embrace the chaos.  Put classroom routines to the side and give students the opportunity to create and shine.  It has been a great week.  And it was ALL THEM!  Ka mau te wehi.

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