Exploring Te Whatu Pōkeka through partnership
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The document ‘Te Whatu Pōkeka’ has inspired many individual and teams of teachers to grow their bicultural development by exploring kaupapa Māori assessment and developing their understanding of a Māori world view and bicultural practices. The framework gives us many metaphors and ideas so that we can nurture a perspective that honours the mana of the child, their family and whānau while growing a view of learning that draws on the understandings of the Māori creation story. These two workshops will be exciting because, for the first time, Tania Bullick will be joined by Simonne Ryder to explore those metaphors and ideas which offer us some ‘big ideas’ to incorporate into our pedagogical thinking, discussions, writing and practices.
Tania says “I am so excited to be partnering with Simonne in these two workshops - I know there is a lot to learn from her and she has generously given her time, knowledge and expertise to this work. With a focus on partnership, we will be discussing the value of working in partnership with our team members to grow individual practice alongside strong team practice”
Simonne says: "I value Te Whatu Pōkeka because it provides a framework for educators to develop their professional bi-cultural practice within an Early childhood setting. It provides a view for educators to learn about relationships, rituals and practices common amongst Māori culture which originates from the story of Te Orokohanga. Te Whatu Pōkeka clearly values Māori children, Māori whānau and Māori culture. Early childhood educators have a responsibility to their Māori whānau, to their teaching profession and to Aotearoa to develop, strengthen and maintain a professional standard of bi-cultural practices within their centres. Te Whatu Pōkeka can be that tool to begin this journey."
E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.
I will never be lost for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea.
Join us for these two intensive evenings of presentation, discussion and learning where we will explore Te Whatu Pōkeka both from Māori and Pākehā teacher's perspectives and come to exciting and inspiring findings about each of our own capacity to view children, their family and whānau and learning in deeply meaningful ways through working together.