How do we fit together?
Reflections for individual teachers
This video demonstrates valuable links between cultural identity and learning. As you watch this video, think about deepening your own understanding of the different cultural identities in your classroom, and how you can lift educational achievement by motivating your learners to express their cultural identity.
- How are you addressing the cultural identities, experiences, and background of your learners? What do they tell you about themselves and what they value? How do they express themselves? How do they feel about themselves?
- What activities can you create to enable your learners to express their self-identity, heritage, and whānau? How can you translate that learning for other children from different cultures?
- Ask each learner to bring a photograph of a successful person who they think they will look like themselves when they grow up. Display those photographs on the wall, and ask your learners to talk about their photographs. This will encourage identity, cultural sharing, and self-awareness in your lessons.
Reflections for staff or departments
If you are watching as a staff member or member of a department team, you may see ways to collectively change your systems and influence your wider team or school planning to become more responsive to the cultural needs of each learner. Which of these ideas could you address now?
- How are you encouraging staff and department teams to create identity-enhancing classrooms, as a place to foster belonging and value for all students of all backgrounds?
- How are you cultivating cultural competency as a resource for learning for teachers of Pacific learners? How are you challenging the system to ensure that it is culturally responsive to the needs of the learners, and supports their learning and achievement?
- How is your school providing a caring classroom environment that enhances positive student relationships as a foundation for trust? Genuine warmth, and blending humour and lightheartedness with academic content, helps to create a sense of belonging for Pacific learners.