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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 teachers

    At Whangarei Intermediate, teacher Joe Beaumont works to create a classroom environment which is both supportive and challenging. The focus is on ensuring that every student sees what they are capable of achieving.

  2. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    At Rotorua Lakes High School maths teacher Tony Renshaw has changed what is going on in his classroom to encourage Māori student participation and achievement.

  3. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    What do teachers have to do to make students feel that they can achieve? What is the basis of an effective learning relationship? (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Teachers making a difference’, 2002) .

  4. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    Students and teachers reflect on the qualities of a teacher that makes a difference. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Teachers making a difference’, 2002) .

  5. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    It has been recognised that low expectations of Māori students along with some beliefs about how Māori learn can have an impact on how well these students perform. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Teachers making a difference’, 2004).

  6. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    One of the most significant partnerships for student achievement is that between teacher and student.

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

    In light of the education system’s failure to address the needs of Māori students, educators need to learn how to engage those students more effectively, in all aspects of their learning.

  8. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    The underlying premise of these clips is that educators need to have high expectations of Māori students.

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

    The essence of these clips is that school leaders and teachers need to participate in professional learning and development that is specifically designed to increase their understanding of issues associated with Māori student engagement and achievement, so that educators can lift their capability in this area and work more effectively with Māori students.

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

    The video clips for Te Mana Kōrero focus on the need to build, and sustain, strong and effective school-whānau partnerships, in order to raise Māori student achievement. Such partnerships are characterised by both parties respecting and valuing each other's perspectives and contributions.

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