Professional learning this year is using a fictional news item for Te Karere. Staff are nek nominating each other to participate. After Kim spent the last couple of months forgetting that she had nominated me, I got in there.
One of the key elements of the learning here is pronunciation of te reo. This experience made me quite self aware – and while I’m certain that my pronunciation is well off perfect, the experience of undertaking this certainly made me feel more confident. This relates to the importance of respecting each individuals culture and identity through calling them by their correct name.
An interesting conversation with a student recently revealed that he does not go by his given name because no one could pronounce it properly. That’s sad.