Turu – What does that mean?
In the Tapasā context the word turu is used to describe a set of competencies, and the term ngā turu describes behaviours and understandings at the different stages of the teaching journey. While each turu is presented separately, in practice ngā turu are interwoven and occur all at the same time in a learning activity. Ngā turu need to be considered together in order to demonstrate a change in thinking and practice.
Identities, languages and cultures
Demonstrate awareness of the diverse and ethno-specific identities, languages and cultures of Pacific learners.
In practice, this awareness is about using relational and united approaches to build a future for learners that is respectful of their past and backgrounds.
Collaborative and respectful relationships and professional behaviours
Establishes and maintains collaborative and respectful relationships, and professional behaviours, that enhance learning and wellbeing for Pacific learners.
In practice, this is about teachers collaborating and engaging in a variety of meaningful ways to empower learners, parents, families, communities and schools, and enhance learning and wellbeing for Pacific learners.
Effective pedagogies for Pacific learners
Implements pedagogical approaches that are effective for Pacific learners.
In practice, this is about using effective teaching approaches to engage in learning. For example, inviting Pacific fanau (families) to contribute their skills, talents and experiences; going out and celebrating cultural events in the community such as White Sunday; letting Pacific children and families hear their languages at their early childhood service.