Being a Cook Islander
Reflections for individual teachers
As you watch this video, think about the Cook Island learners in your classroom and reflect on your own self-identity.
- As your Cook Island learners walk through the school gate ask them if they see part of themselves reflected in the school environment and classrooms.
- How can you support your Cook island learners to respond well and participate in a variety of learning situations? How can you identify priorities for their learning? How can you support their culture, language, and identity to ensure that your Cook Island learners get an effective education?
- What support and resources do you need to assist you with improving learning outcomes for your Cook island learners? How will support and resources inform curriculum activities?
- How will you engage with Cook Island parents and families in making decisions about their child's learning? Will it be a different approach from other island groups? If so, how?
Reflections for staff or departments
As you watch this video as a staff member or member of a department team, think about how your school is meeting the needs of your Cook Island learners.
- How has your school built on the teachers’ knowledge of Cook Island culture to meet the needs of your Cook Island learners?
- Think about ways your school can challenge your teaching staff to look at a curriculum area of their choice and how they can incorporate the Te Reo Māori Kuki Aiani and culture into it.
- Think of examples of appropriate contexts for Te Reo Māori Kuki Aiani and culture, and any improvements to school systems and processes you have made to develop a rich classroom environment and more appropriate contexts for learning for Cook Island learners.
- Ask your staff to walk around the school and classroom environments to see if they can identify Cook Island artifacts, displays of Cook Island language and culture, and any other resources that relate to Cook Island learners in your school.