- Puppet People
- Me, myself and I
- Kai and Korero
One of my reasons for selecting whakawhanaungatanga as my inquiry focus was so that I could more deliberately evaluate how it is I build relationships and whether my relational practice is effective.
Further to my own person learning I was also interested in identifying whether whakawhanaungatanga enhances my learners engagement with the teaching and learning process. My hope in engaging in whakawhanaungatanga was also to "build community" in my hub and General Studies Class.
I primarily used this strategy as a way to connect with my students in my General Studies Class. This strategy worked amazingly well with this class not just for me but also in terms of their relationships with each other. The focus of this activity was for students to create a puppet that represented who they were or how they saw themselves. The idea being to introduce themselves to me and the rest of the class as they saw themselves. One one of the interesting things about this activity was the way in which peers made suggestions to each other about what to make their puppet look like. Their suggestions were in line with supporting each other to express themselves as individuals.
Me, myself and I
This activity was created around the use of questions to invite students in my learning hub to tell me more about themselves both personally and academically. After each student had completed their worksheet I collected them in and read over them. Over the following weeks I met individually with each student to talk about the information they had provided and found points of connection with them to build on and so that I could build a relationship with them. I also used this information and the subsequent conversation to shape some academic goal setting for 2017.
Kai and Korero
This was a very simple and effective strategy. Every time we had learning hub on a Wednesday for an hour I would bring some food or we would have a shared morning tea. One of the aims with Kai and Korero was to encourage the development of relationships between the student's in my learning hub. Food is a universal way of encouraging people to just sit, eat and talk. This became a highlight for the class and as we neared the end of the year students interacting and conversating more with each other.