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No Ngapuhi ahau.
My teaching experience has been focused in West Auckland. Mostly teaching at Junior level, at which the focus was on building a solid foundation of the basics of Reading, Writing and Maths, developing shared learning experiences, also developing critical thinking, logic and reasoning skills.
I also have experience teaching in an Alternative Education setting, where the students were high needs/risk. There was a strong focus on re-connecting these students with their Maoritanga, in the process of re-engaging such students with mainstream education or work training.
A safe classroom environment where children feel confident to share ideas, discuss, debate and resolve issues is imperative to good teaching and learning. A reciprocity of respect is something that needs to be established and maintained between teacher and students, and between the students themselves. The class is a Whanau community in which we care for each other, and eventually, behaviour becomes self-regulating as class expectations are built and maintained.
Matipo kids are some of the nicest, smartest, creative and most enthusiastic kids I have taught. I have also been surprised at the level of cultural awareness that the students at Matipo Primary School have. It is a pleasure to teach the kids of Matipo.
Personally, I love the energy and enthusiasm that Matipo kids bring to the classroom and in my own experience I have found that as long as the lesson is prepared to a suitable level to the students’ abilities, and has a relevant purpose coupled with a positive teaching approach, then you have the ingredients for a great lesson. The feeling that you are having a direct input into the shaping and development of the young lives in our community is what inspires me and keeps me coming back.