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Ako

"...research shows that student engagement and achievement improves when teachers develop positive teaching and learning relationships with Māori students..."

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012, page 23.

The concept of ako describes a teaching and learning relationship where the educator is also learning from the student and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective. Ako is grounded in the principle of reciprocity and recognises that the learner and whānau cannot be separated.

The resources you will find on this page reflect the principles of ako and provide examples of this in the classroom and beyond.

  1. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders

    In this article Hamish Ruawai talks about his career as a leader. Hamish discusses the importance of knowing that for Māori students to be effective learners they need effective relationships with people who are teaching and how this knowledge influences how he works at Kaikohe West School.

  2. Filed under: Ako | Effective Teachers

    The success of teaching and learning is founded on the quality of the relationship built between the teacher and the student.

  3. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    Curriculum Updates support school leaders and teachers as they work to design and review their school curriculum, in line with the New Zealand Curriculum and with current knowledge and understandings about effective classroom teaching.

  4. Kia Mau 24/11/2011

    Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective teachers

    Kia Mau is a multimedia resource focusing on two waiata and two haka that have an association with the Māori Battalion. Kia Mau explores a number of themes associated with social sciences – including customs and traditions, social justice, leadership, bereavement, and spirituality.

  5. Ako Panuku 24/11/2011

    Filed under: Ako | Te Reo Maori | Effective teachers

    Ako Panuku is a professional development suite supporting Māori secondary school and wharekura teachers with particular emphasis on te reo Māori teachers.

  6. Filed under: Ako | Research & evaluation | Effective teachers

    QTR&D was an exploratory project founded on the beliefs that all young people can succeed at school and that one of the keys to enabling students to achieve their potential is effective classroom teaching.

    Seven of the reports developed through QTR&D have been adapted as learning stories; these are included in this set of materials as springboards for thinking about the Teaching as Inquiry cycle, effective pedagogy, and cultural responsiveness and how they might connect to your own practice.

  7. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders

    In these three stories from the Experienced Principals Development Programme (EPDP) experienced principals to lead change that creates effective teaching and learning conditions.

  8. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective leaders

    These five Rangiātea case studies and exemplars examine five secondary schools, each of which is on a journey towards realising Māori learner potential.

  9. Filed under: Ako | Effective Teachers

    Jane, a Year 9 English teacher, talks about how she has encouraged her Year 9 class to take ownership of their learning. Jane's story is a great example of how changing the way your class is run can have a dramatic effect on both the students and the teacher.

  10. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective leaders

    Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners has been developed by the Ministry of Education, along with the New Zealand Teachers Council and a Reference Group of academics, teacher education practitioners, and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives. It drew on research, existing frameworks, discussions with some iwi, and the experience of the Reference Group.

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