Date
14 April 2021

Meet with ākonga and whānau and share observations and insights

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Making a collaborative learning support plan’

Listen and learn together

Listen and learn together

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga

Fill the basket of knowledge

 

Building our knowledge helps us support children more effectively.

We are true partners when:

  • you listen to what I have to say
  • you acknowledge my intelligence
  • you want to learn more about my ways
  • you don’t judge me
  • you engage me in genuine dialogue
  • we make decisions together
  • you show that my child matters to you
  • you include my experience, knowledge, and viewpoints with yours.

Source: Education Review Office (opens in a new tab/window)

Ask whānau what will help

Ask whānau what will help

Listen and learn from whānau and ākonga.

Allow their insights to influence how you plan to provide support.

 

Meet in places that work for both whānau and ākonga

Meet in places that work for both whānau and ākonga

Teachers at Coastal Taranaki School organise learning conferences in places and at times that work for whānau.

This can be at home, on the marae, or in the local cafe.

Focus on possibilities

Focus on possibilities

Shift the question away from the problem or fix-it focus to a possibility focus.

There’s always a subtle feeling of disempowerment in a problem, a feeling that all doors are shut … there’s a weariness and stuckness to it. 

Simply asking, “What’s the possibility I see in this situation?” can make a big difference.

David Isaacs

Share observations in ways that work for whānau and ākonga

Share observations in ways that work for whānau and ākonga

Sometimes the language of teaching and learning can create a barrier for families.

Consider how you can share information about learning in ways that are mana-enhancing, support understanding, and promote conversation, for example:

  • drawings or graphics
  • photos
  • videos
  • learning stories
  • simple graphs of learning data
  • culturally relevant metaphors and analogies.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Āta whakaaro – Sense-making

Publisher: He Pikoura

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Making a collaborative learning support plan”:

Return to the guide “Collaborative planning for learning”

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