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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 | Effective teachers

    In this story Ngaruawahia High School students, teachers, the principal, senior leaders and Te Kotahitanga facilitators discuss students’ NCEA results.

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

    In this story the Principal, two Te Kotahitanga facilitators and a teacher, discuss how Te Kotahitanga has impacted on their school.

  3. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako

    These clips come from a DVD that was recorded during workshops facilitated by Māori language advisers in schools, to support teachers in the implementation of the Māori language curriculum guidelines, Te Aho Arataki.

  4. Filed under: Ako | Research & evaluation

    This is an evaluation report of a pilot PD programme to upskill English medium teachers of Māori language in secondary schools, specifically around second language teaching methods, the Māori language curriculum guidelines, planning, assessment, teaching/learning strategies, and the use of resources.

  5. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Ako | Effective teachers

    Providing opportunities for student voice informed and encouraged changes in teacher practice.

  6. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Ako | Effective teachers

    At Hiruharama School, the process of learning is expressly communicated to all the students, and they are the primary communicators of their learning to whānau. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

  7. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective teachers

    Culturally responsive learning contexts are those where the learner can bring their own experiences into the classroom context. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

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

    Research shows that bringing cultural context into the curriculum affirms the students identity, and validates their cultural knowledge and knowledge of their whānau. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

  9. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    Practitioners reflect on the impact of professional development that is focused on improving Māori learning outcomes. (Extract from ‘Te Mana Kōrero : Strengthening Professional Practice’, 2005).

  10. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    What are the key features of professional development that strengthens Māori student learning outcomes, and what effect has that had on teacher practice? (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Strengthening Professional Practice’, 2005).

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