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"...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

    This clip illustrates the courage of a teacher to be open to doing things differently.

  2. Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers

    This clip focuses on the concept of ako, which is based on the premise that we can each learn from the other.

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

    Lincoln High School's NCEA's data illustrated that Māori students were grossly underachieving. As a result, the professional development model of Te Kauhua was established, based on research that showed what works well for Māori.

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

    At Henderson Intermediate, we see the beginnings of a successful push by Te Kauhua facilitators to engage whānau, by organising whānau hui, where data on Māori students’ attendance and achievement was shared.

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

    The stakeholders in this clip are the principal, three teachers and two senior students. They compare the more traditional approach to teaching and learning with the new approach at Taihape Area School.

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