Teachers, students and their whānau across Kāhui Ako ki Whakatū are currently engaging with Rongohia te Hau. It is a unique tool that gives schools a snapshot of their pedagogy and use of teaching approaches. Teachers have the opportunity to co-constructs the process for understanding classroom practice across a school. The process also gathers the views of students, whānau and teachers to ensure that we are not assuming that all are experiencing the same things. By doing this we are able to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. Hearing from all and not just one group allows us to do this.
The use of Rongohia te Hau across Kāhui Ako ki Whakatū will provide the foundation from which new learning can build. Obtaining this baseline data will help ‘us’ to reflect on and answer the question, to what extent are Māori students experiencing and engaging in learning interactions that focus on cultural relationships for responsive pedagogy? It will also provide each kura a powerful opportunity to begin or build on conversations that focus on promoting equity, excellence and belonging for all students, their teachers and their whānau.