Connecting VTaL to 'Cultural Responsive and Relational Pedagogy'


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The following are some examples of how various aspects of VTaL may be utilised and align with contexts of Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogy.  The examples below are embedded within the unit plan that I will be delivering during JumpStart this year, 11DGT Create a Web Page US18734.

Whanaungatanga - Where relationships of care and connectedness are fundamental.
Collaborative Learning Opportunities are provided for students:
  • Class discussions about context ideas
  • Sharing completed tasks in Google+ as a tool to guide the learning of others
  • +1 and Commenting on tasks shared in Google+
  • Peer feedback in Evaluations

Mahi Tahi Kotahitanga - Where power is shared and learners have the right to self-determination.
Empowerment for students:
  • Students can use Student Check Lists to track their own progress within this unit of work
  • Wananga between kaiako-tauira to select standards according to their interest in IT and DigiTech.  The standards available in DigiTech can be located within the DigiTech site under each NCEA Level (Assessment Information, and, Overview and Calendar)

Ako - Where learning is interactive and spirals.
Ako is interactive and spirals in terms of learning workflow, by applying the following in the learning process:
  • Year Level Calendar, Project Instructions, Learning Activities, and Student Progress (Class Task Lists and Student Checklists) are embedded in the Subject Google Site, and visible to learners
  • Year Level Calendar with Hyperlinked Learning Activities communicates the focus for the lesson each day and is a rewindable resource
  • Project Instructions communicates the big picture of the project to students
  • Learning Activities communicates the individual task requirements to students
  • Student Progress (Class Task Lists) communicates to students where students are tracking at with regards to task completion towards completing the overall standard
  • Communities provides examples of work to guide learning

Wananga - Decision-making and practice in response to relevant evidence.
Kaiako-Tauira Wananga are provided for students:
  • Use Class Task Lists and Student Check Lists to have discussions around progress and support for developing learning
  • Wananga between kaiako-tauira to select standards according to their interest in IT and DigiTech.  The standards available in DigiTech can be located within the DigiTech site under each NCEA Level (Assessment Information, and, Overview and Calendar)

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