More questions for reflection

More reflective questions from the booklet of one of the Ministry of Education videos on putting Te Whariki into practice (quoted below):

  • “Reflect on your own practice. What does your practice tell you about your own “image of the child”?
  • How do you demonstrate that children are:
    – competent and confident learners and communicators?
    – healthy in mind, body, and spirit?
    – secure in their sense of belonging?
    – secure in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society?
  • How do you encourage children to care for each other?
  • How do you value and promote Maori concepts, understandings, and language?
  • What aspects of your practice would you like to enhance? How might you do this in your discussion with children, other colleagues, parents, and whanau? How might you do this in your professional reading?
  • Consider how you select appropriate [teaching] strategies to promote children’s learning – which strategies do you use, for what child, and for what purpose?
  • What aspect of pedagogy, and what teaching strategies, would you like to enhance and utilise in your own practice?
  • How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies you use?
  • Reflect on whether you include te reo Maori values, concepts, and beliefs in your practice
  • What aspects of your understanding of Maori pedagogy would you like to enhance? How might you do this?
  • How do you identify and articulate learning outcomes for the children in your setting?
  • How do you involve children in identifying outcomes for their learning?
  • How do you involve parents and whanau in planning learning outcomes for their children? What might you change?
  • How do you promote language and literacy in contexts that are meaningful to children?
  • How do you value the range of languages and cultures that children bring to the setting?
  • How do you encourage children to develop and share their own stories?
  • What plan do you have to enhance children’s language and literacy?
  • How might you share your knowledge of children’s literacy learning with parents, whanau, and other teaching colleagues?”

Ref: Ministry of Education (2001) Empowered to Learn: Whakamana ki te Ako: Te Whariki for Young Children. Learning Media: Wellington


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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