Date
26 March 2019

Build relationships through connection, understanding, and trust

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Knowing your Pasifika students and their contexts’

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Make informed connections

Make informed connections

Find out where your Pasifika students were born, the cultures they connect with, and the languages they speak and hear in their families.

Use this knowledge to connect experiences to learning.

Culture and the classroom

Culture and the classroom

O tu, aganu’u, ma agaifanua a le tamaititi o le a le mafai ona ulufale atu I le potuaoga sei vagana ua fa’atauaina ma faaulufaleina muamua I le loto ma le agaga o le faiaoga.

The culture of the child cannot enter the classroom until it has first entered the consciousness of the teacher.

Samoan saying

Support learning relationships

Support learning relationships

Anthony Faitaua advocates creating a safe environment by understanding the students’ culture and values.

Character­istics of a good teacher

Character­istics of a good teacher

According to Pacific learners (and Pacific parents), a "good teacher":

  • understands that my identity, language and culture is important to me
  • pronounces my name and words in my language properly
  • recognises that English might not be my and/ or my parents’ first language and communicates with us in a way that we can understand 
  • makes an effort to learn and use simple words like saying ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in my language 
  • does research to know more about me, my family and my culture and island nation(s) that we come from
  • understands the values that are important to me such as faith, spirituality (church) and family 

Source: Tapasā: Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners (opens in a new tab/window)

Review home-school partnerships

Review home-school partnerships

Use these questions to review how effective your home-school connection is.

  • What do you know about the language, culture and identify of your Pacific learners and their families?
  • What do you know about the presence, engagement, progress and achievement of your Pacific learners and do you share this information with families?
  • How do you involve Pacific families in planning, monitoring progress and achievement.
  • How do you review your practices and challenge your own assumptions about partnerships with Pacific learners and their families?

Source: Improving education outcome for Pacific learners (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Language enhancing the achievement of Pasifika

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Know your Pasifika learners”:

Return to the guide “Supporting Pasifika students”

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