On learning Te Reo Maori… in Singapore

One of the joys of working in an international hub like Singapore is that you get to host visitors from your home country to your school. Another joy of teaching in an international school is how readily the kids will want to learn a new language and follow new traditions, in this case a Maori action... Continue Reading →

Weekly reflection: Accepting responsiblity or deflecting it?

New Zealand Graduating Standard 3.b: "Graduating teachers have knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori to work effectively within the bicultural contexts of Aotearoa New Zealand." I'm going to be honest and say that I've been putting off posting on this particular standard for quite sometime. Then I noticed an incoming search to this blog... Continue Reading →

Teaching mihimihi through digital media

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 4.e Graduating teachers use te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi appropriately in their practice. The other project I had to undertake for specialist week was a group assignment on language learning. The task was to create a teaching resource as a group. We were given the option of making a poster... Continue Reading →

Weekly reflection: Old school ties

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 3. a: "Graduating teachers have an understanding of the complex influences that personal, social, and cultural factors may have on teachers and learners." Officially I spent Friday night planning for my upcoming weeks of teaching. Unofficially I (along with 2 billion others) tuned in to watch William and Kate say... Continue Reading →

Challenging tomorrow’s teachers to learn Te Reo

New Zealand Graduating Teacher Standard 6.e Graduating Teachers demonstrate respect for te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi in their practice. During my first time at university I was one of the student representatives on the university council. Aside from arguing with the powers-that-be to keep student fees down, I sat through A LOT of graduations.... Continue Reading →

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