Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wiremu's Presentation (Turangawaewae Unit)

Wirimu is a desendent of the last lady who was born at Kirikiriroa Pa.  His grandmother was present when the Pa was forcefully moved to another site - Gordonton?

A few of the early settlers were fluent in Te Reo

Wireimu - Historical Hamilton East
Kirikiriroa - means long gravelly ground.  Good for planting kumara

There is so much misinformation around. Newspaper accounts are not always accurate
Sometime carvings have gone up around the city that are an inaccurate depiction
Ham East Gateway carvings are not the Tainui ones.   river flooding - attribted to taniwha just like loch ness monster observing environmental phonomonon

Landmarks
5x roads
Jubilee bush - Te papanui?
upo poku - a fish that use to be in the swampy land  This fish dissapeared - possibly because of the introduction of Trout and the habitat was destroyed ?  This fish was his grandmothers favourite food

Erecting the Po, the digger fell into the hole and when they dug down they found evidence that an older Po already existed there
When Fairfield bridge was first constructed they found three preserved heads
Most Pa are built on headlands and where the best springs are found and good place to defend
Thermal springs at Kirikiriroa Pa and in Frankton
There was a swimming pool in Frankton - the water came in to their house in Abyfoyle street and it was hot
Red koroi berries were eaten
nectar gathered from flax?
umu was the word for cooking food - not hangi  Hangi was really just the food

Maori planted a type of Taro also  Is grown inside Te Parapara at Ham Gardens

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Check out Seed learning 

Seed learning has a Language and a Maths site

There are learning progressions   Rocket 1 to 8

You can use the Seed Learning Website to Take learning to fluency  -
Use the language Rocket
Progression to  just learn sounds and then add the code (abc)

Some examples:
What sound does that spell?
Sometimes you need two letters to spell that sound

A makes an O sound after a W

Functional language - who, where, when, what  Dont let the sentences boss you!  You boss the sentences.  Practice cut up sentences letting the kids manipulate the sentence ..sharpen it - use a descriptions

Monday, November 26, 2018

Teacher Only Day November 26



Anaru Morgan



All our ancestors came on some form of a vessel – waka or ships
Where did your family come from?  Without all that history we wouldn’t exist!

Interesting historical facts - good and bad: for example Whalers and sealers - in early NZ the law was changed to allow those men to marry 11year old girls

In NZ we have a particular way of greeting –Karakia- Mihi

Anaru has written Karakia around our hubs (birds) for schools
Tepua = can be any living thing





It is important as educators to encourage all our learners to succeed.  
What are the keys to our Maori learner?
What am I doing in my classroom to acknowledge all my learner's culture


How are we collecting info from our enrolments - for example? Tainui is a massive area of Aotearoa.  If we sit and talk with them we can capture that rather than the rush of the school office

https://maorimaps.com/

On the Maori maps website, you can find all the traditional hapu



Should we be acknowledging our lives lost from the Maori Wars?  Just as we did from the First and Second World Wars? 

How have this impacted generations? Can we learn about the stories of our area?

Being Bilingual is great for our brain.  Our early ancestors knew Maori and English - but it was lost

How can I normalize Maori culture ( and others) into my programme


te tuapapa, te kākano tahi
He taonga te kākano rua
Me awhi te kākano maha
At the beginning existed one culture
Treasure our bicultural heritage
Embrace our many cultures.


Mihi/Pepeha- these are two different things
Karakia - have a starting line before you rip into the first line :-)


Challenge - can you learn five Maori words a week? Role Models: here is an idea - are there some great Maori Pacifika role models you could have on your wall? instead of all the bad news

Benefits of normalizing te reo:  Settles tamariki  Creates a sense of kotahitanga
Allows teachers & staff to deal with concerns at the start of the day.
All tamariki learn pepeha. Tamariki learn simple mihi.  
Mihi can be in other languages. Māori - default
Welcoming waiata learnt.  Can be from a range of cultures. Karakia learnt.  Can be Christian, Karakia Māori or blessings without atua. Confident kaiako and tamariki - model for others.
Tuakana/Teina - leaders shared across classes to build capability    in other classes.  Concept of ako.

We should celebrate our special NZ way. How do we welcome special visitors to our classrooms? What is your classroom welcome? - you could practice it as a class - find out who your confident speakers are?






What else can you do in your classroom?  Our population will be predominantly Maori/Pasifika in years to come.  How can they be successful in the workforce?

 In order to reach Maori children, we need to teach in a holistic way  (Anaru's opinion)


















Nano Girl November 19
Every Day Science

·      Batman was a mere mortal ..but he was a Superhero and built things in his garage!!  Just like Nano girl

·      Teach people to do science in another way
·      What do scientists actually do?
·      Allowing your students to see that you can do science everywhere…in the supermarket.. every day
·      Batman was a mere mortal ..but he was a Superhero and built things in his garage!!  Just like Nano girl

·      Acids/Bases ( linked to sustainability)  Red Cabbage – 1 leaf per experiment/slice/peel/ put in hotwater/anthisian/
·      7/8 Neutral ph  -
·       play with juice citric acid saliva is trying to neutralize the acid that you are about to eat  Alkaline -Baking soda 
·      Check out the colors on the ph scale?  Baking Soda turns Blue Ph 9  Lemon juice turns red ph 3
Donate some lunch – eg fizzy drink, an acid tablet, orange juice, mash up the solids with a bit of water.  Remember to keep a control jar of just cabbage water 
You can check your soil for the ph? – you can make a rainbow..check out the ph hues/ Mix the soil with a little bit of water
Sourness is a great sign if something is acidic or not
Orange juice can dissolve your teeth..just Cocoa Cola
The reusable spoon – decorate it / put lines on for each year..kids compete to see whos spoon last the longest ***
Not all plastics are bad!  We can reuse them.  Fun Plastic – feel nappy hard/soft/texture/ write down what you feel


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bruce Moody Geometry


2018-08-28
Bruce Moody
Geo – earth  Metry – measure

·      Octagon don’t have to typically look like an octagon – but can be a two-dimensional shape with 8 sides ( focus on the mathematical properties – not what it looks like)

·      Give children a wide variety of experiences – ie there are lots of different round shapes in the real world.  – brooms, balls, clocks

·      Teach language that is real ie- roller not cylinder for a five-year-old. 
·      Roll a ball and roll a cylinder   - notice the difference.
·      Link between form and function  Look and form different shapes and purposes – knowing about corners and roundness – how do you make things – tin cans – develop a child’s ability to think and reason!
·      Math rules for shapes What shapes have:     Close – sharp corners – straight lines – round corners – four-sided shapes?  Five-sided shapes? Quadrilaterals- not just a square

·      Children need to make definitions of what they are,  based on the maths…not based on what they look like

·      Directional Language – learn as we go – under, over, next to,  Learn them in context

·      Solving a problem - Describing a journey – a little line dance J quarter and half turns, forward and back J  Making a jigsaw – rotation and translation ( solving a real-life problem ) Giving a robot some instructions…developing precise language

Wiremu's Presentation (Turangawaewae Unit)

Wirimu is a desendent of the last lady who was born at Kirikiriroa Pa.  His grandmother was present when the Pa was forcefully moved to ano...