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A Learning Journey at an End or Just Passing By

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 16:28 0 Comments

Learning is always ongoing and this one included. Using the analogy of 'the Tidal Movement of the Manukau Harbour', I am left with the tidal shifts and the uneasy feeling of feeling empty. As is the case with the weather at the moment, the Harbour has become a battering ram for the many vessels which frequent its waters. The crisp, chilly air which comes off the brisk water, the birdlife leaving it with a certain silence, nothing more than the lashing of the water upon the rocks at the…


Indigenous Knowledge and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 13:36 0 Comments

To have no knowledge of indigenous peoples and values of cultural responsiveness - Does this show ignorance or learned behaviours which have shown disparity amongst cultures? It is true that culture does not limit you to race and/or ethnicity but it does promote 'a sense of belonging'. In this day and age, the idea of belonging certainly helps achieve closure and enables gaps to be mended. 

Having grown up in the melting…


Legal Context and Digital Identities in a Primary School

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 0:50 0 Comments

As is the case in many schools, the expectation to have policies and guidelines, which aligns with the ethos of the school has come about with the introduction of eLearning in schools. Digital citizenship was implemented in our school as part of our ICT cluster contract which begun in 2009. In a vastly growing environment, we were unable to directly advance upon these without the help of eLearning facilitators from across the country. There we created a policy around the use of the…


Evaluations of the Cultural Responsiveness in Practice

Posted on July 11, 2015 at 22:30 0 Comments

In our learning community, having Indigenous Knowledge and creating Culturally Responsive Practice is top priority in all areas of learning. 

Our school is a Decile 1 School and the make up of our cultural diversity determines how and why we do what we need to do to enable high expectations for our students. Our Pasifika students make up 66% of our school population with a variation of students being from ESL (English as a Second Language) backgrounds to NZ born backgrounds. However,…


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At 7:54 on May 1, 2015, Jan-Marie Kellow said…

Thanks for the welcome.

At 19:19 on February 1, 2015, Hazel Owen said…

Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Lorraine!! It's an honour and a delight that you have joined the Ethos online community!! (Imagine me typing with a massive, welcoming smile on my face :-p).

There are heaps of conversations around  the impact of culture and our preferences for learning (e.g. Towards an indigenous eLearning strategy: Critical considerations and implications; and Cultural Examples of Collaborative Learning: What does this like for you and your learners?) - so if you have ideas, comments or things that should be included, please jump in :-)

Please also make yourself feel comfortable, and feel free to make blog posts and comments, as well as to ask questions, and to share any interesting videos, or audio that you come across. Hei konā mai. Hazel :-) (still smiling hugely)


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