You can watch the Dr Ann Milne's keynote here, and you can find out more about her research here.
I for one was very inspired.
I have always strived to accelerate the learning and success of my Maori students.
I have always endeavoured to try to learn more about Tikanga, the culture and identity of my Maori students. There has always been Te Reo present in my classrooms, and I have loved sharing the traditional tales of Maui throughout my career and singing Waiata.
But has it been token? And can I do better?
As a result of this keynote I made some deliberate choices about how i was going to start the year off in 2018.
The first oral language task was for all of my students to learn to say a simple mihi.
We made a visual mixed media pepeha to support learning our mihi orally.
We are very fortunate to live under the magnificent Taranaki Maunga so the first square is a painting of Mt Taranaki. We looked carefully out our window and painted the mountain as we could see her.
The second square has a cellophane river representing our local awa.
The third square has a black line drawing of us with whanau.
The last square has the written pepeha.
Then we took our photo in black and white. We made concertinaed cardboard pop ups so that our photos were standing in front of our art work. They look stunning on the wall and we are very proud of them.
I made a slide show with our Taranaki Karakia Whaka Te Hau and shared this with my colleagues. We now start the day with a our karakia right across the school.
I have made changes to the way my timetable and books are presented. Each day has the day in Te Reo first.
We are lucky to have Matua K work with us. Throughout Term 1 the junior team all worked together to learn new waiata. Some of this was in preparation for our trip to Parihaka. We loved it so much, and our whanau loved having these moments shared on our seesaw.