As our new strategic plan and annual goals for the year kick in I have been thinking about some key values surrounding them. I see myself as connected and innovative educator. At any school, being connected requires the learner to develop a secure sense of their own identity to think and work towards where their potential might lie.
I have been thining about ako, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga.
I will use these concepts and their definitions to frame my current thinking for the year.
Ako is being a learner. A life long learner. Being willing to fail.
Whanaungatanga focuses on building relationships with each other, the community and our children. The relationship that develops as a result of manakitanga – the strength of the group – see people as people not just their role, working collaboratively and collectively. Therefore a teacher knows how to use managed online learning tools to find people and knows how to connect with them. A teacher should have a robust PLN. They think carefully about the dynamics of interactions. They use social media to make connections and to build their own personal learning community.
Manaakitanga is about developing the ability to walk in others’ shoes which includes seeing issues from others’ perspectives and thinking carefully about the dynamics of interactions. It is about cultural awareness. Teaching is about being innovative and collaborative. A teacher knows how to use and take the tools from their kete to move their practice forward. This again complements the gospel values of the Catholic school.
Kaitiakitanga is the notion of stewardship by ensuring sensitivity and thoughtfulness of actions. I believe teaching is about leaving legacy with students, teachers and community alike.