Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy video kete

Talking Past Each Other

  • Key Content

    Rawiri, a Year 13 graduate from Rotorua Boys' High School, reflects on the challenges faced by Māori students who don’t see themselves as learners because of their negative experiences of education. He suggests that while these students often perceive teachers to be disciplinarians, in his experience, teachers have high expectations that students will engage and learn.

  • Things to Think About
    1. How does the scenario that Rawiri describes resonate with your own experience?
    2. What sorts of practices reinforce a negative perception that some Māori students have of themselves as learners?
    3. What sorts of practices disrupt this negative perception and enable Māori students to experience success and thus recognise their potential?