Last week Ed, Betsy and I attended the two day workshop, offered by Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi. The workshop is designed specifically for those of us who teach Maori, Young and Pacific learners.
The aim of the workshop was to upskill teachers with specific learning outcomes:
Knowledge: Understand the concepts of Fonofale, Te whare tapa wha, language, literacy and numeracy concepts and principles.
Skills: Engage students in learning by using a variety of active learning techniques in the classroom.
Values: Commit to Maori, Youth and Pacific learners learning and success.
People: Meet and worth with teachers from a range of other disciplines, organisations and backgrounds. Reflect on our own biases and background and consider how this affects our teaching.
Learn: Access, and use a variety of resources available to support student learning and engagement.
Integration: Further develop ourselves as teaching professionals, and include this learning and experience in our teaching portfolio.
We had a great deal of fun, and met some inspiring teachers, and brought back a pile of resources. The workshop was so worthwhile we would like to bring it to Unitec staff in the second semester.