Kei Tua o te Pae

Kei Tua o te Pae/Assessment for Learning: Early Childhood Exemplars is a best-practice guide that will help teachers continue to improve the quality of their teaching.

The exemplars are a series of books that will help teachers to understand and strengthen children's learning. It also shows how children, parents and whānau can contribute to this assessment and ongoing learning.

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Links to Te Whāriki – Ngā hononga ki Te Whāriki

This book asks the question “What is bicultural assessment?” Te Whāriki is a bicultural document, written partly in Māori and woven around the principles of whakamana, kotahitanga, whānau tangata, and ngā hononga. Tilly and Tamati Reedy led a team representing Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Board to develop the kaupapa Māori content. Tilly Reedy (2003) describes Te Whāriki as encouraging:

"the transmission of my cultural values, my language and tikanga, and your cultural values, your language and customs. It validates my belief systems and your belief systems. It is also 'home-grown'".

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Te Whāriki

In order to achieve bicultural assessment practices, it is essential that teachers share a commitment to:

  • Kia whakamana ngā ao e rua kia hono - honouring and respecting both worlds so that they come together in meaningful relationships.
  • Kia whakamana ngā rerekētanga ki roto i tēnā i tēnā o tātou - honouring and respecting the differences that each partner brings to the relationship.
  • Mai i tēnei hononga ka tuwhera i ngā ara whānui - from this relationship, the pathways to development will open.