eFellows 2019


Kelsi Ana Lawrence

Kelsi Lawrence

Ko Pukemaire toku maunga
Ko Kaituna toku awa
Ko Te Arawa toku waka
Ko Te Arawa toku iwi
Ko Ngati Whakaue toku hapu
Ko Whakaue toku marae
No Maketū ahau
Kei Taneatua toku kainga inaianei
Ko Kelsi toku ingoa
No reira tena koutou tena koutou tena tatau katoa

I am a mother of four, have a loving husband and am born and bred Maketū. I am the head kaiako at Maketū EduCare with a passion to raise resilient, strong minded confident tamariki who know who they are and where they come from!

My inquiry question is, ‘How can tamariki grow their learning through local pakiwaitara and then share them in various ways with whānau, community and globally?’ This patai is elevated from our tamariki interests. Daily they are telling pakiwaitara so why not actively help this interest to come alive for them in various ways.

Marie Hibbs

Marie Hibbs

Ko Rangutūmau te maunga.
Ko Ruamahanga te awa.
Ko Takitimu te waka.
Ko Ngati Kahungungu te iwi.
Ko Te Hika a Papauma te hapū.
Ko Tamihana rāua ko Pōtangaroa ōku whānau.
Ko Marie Hibbs taku ingoa.
Tēnā tātou katoa.

I am a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour based at Te Huinga Raukura ki Manurewa – RTLB Cluster 12. I have the privilege and honour to work within Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Manurewa, Te Wharekura o Manurewa and Te Kura Akonga o Manurewa as well as within Rumaki and Reo Rua units in other schools in Manurewa.

In collaboration with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Manurewa this inquiry will focus on how the principles of ethnomathematics further develop connections with whānau through a Pangarau website called Te Aurere i te Moana – Navigating the Ocean of Numbers. It is hoped that through the website and other resources developed for home use we can engage learners and their whānau, as well as other members of the community in addressing student strengths, needs, interests and aspirations.

Parehuia Eparaima

Parehuia Epairama

Tu ake Panekire, taku maunga korero,
ki te taha whakarunga o te rohe
Kei raro rā, ko te moana, nā Haumapuhia i waihanga,
Ki a kii ake ai, ngā uri whakaheke
Waikaremoana, Whanaunga Kore…
Ko au tētahi o aua uri whakaheke
Ko Parehuia Hiria Eparaima.

Our Exciting Project: Nga Whakapapa o Nga Awa. Pātere written by local kaumatua Koro Wainui (Buddy) Smith, and also our opportunity to engage in an inquiry process as a kura and whānau.

The desire is to provide our students, our parents, our kaumātua with the skills and resources to become the researchers, the innovative creators of presentations, the narrators of their history, their identity.

Laura McKenzie

Laura McKenzie

Ko Toirere tōku maunga
Ko Mamaru tōku waka
Ko Whangaroa tōku moana
Ko Kahukuraariki tōku whare
Ko Waitaruke tōku marae
Ko Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa tōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Roha tōku hapū
Ko Laura McKenzie ahau.

Tēnā koutou. My name is Laura Mckenzie and I am the HoD English at Birkenhead College. I aim to investigate how a co-design approach could help enhance the mana of our PoC* pupils and achieve equitable outcomes for students. I would like to see how co-design could decolonise the process of unit planning. I envision units which are then curated by pupils and their whānau on digital platforms.

* People of Colour

Monika Limmer

Monika Limmer

Tēnā koutou, kō Monika Limmer ahau.

I am originally from Germany, and my family and I moved to New Zealand 13 years ago. I am the ICT Specialist Teacher at Allenvale School in Christchurch.

I am interested in using Augmented and Virtual Reality (VR/AR) in a Special Ed context. Learners with special educational needs can't always access the world the same way their mainstream peers can. Immersive technologies have the potential to deliver authentic learning opportunities in a more accessible way, allowing tamariki to learn by experiencing and interacting.

During my eFellowship, I will research tools and strategies for a meaningful (and affordable) use of these technologies in the classroom, and ways for students to be creators and independent explorers rather than only consumers/users.

Twitter: @monikalimmer

Sam Chatfield

Sam Chatfield

Kia ora, my name is Sam Chatfield and I am a primary school teacher at Te Mata School in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. I am a passionate, inquisitive and curious learner who has enjoyed the shift from a very traditional style of teaching to the modern learning pedagogies and the opportunities that these provide for all students.

Over the past four years I have been heavily involved in establishing modern learning pedagogies in my school and helping teachers to embed collaborative practice and modern teaching into their classrooms. A conversation with a local business man and my Principal prompted some thinking around designing learning that was no longer inside the classroom or school but within the community on a contextual needs base. The idea of having “pop up classrooms” with students using real life problems, design thinking skills, and real life contexts to engage with their learning.

This concept alongside the ability to be working within and with communities to share and develop learning for all has been the focus of conversations to establish business and community links to make this a reality. The concept of “pop up” classrooms is the focus of my inquiry for 2019 and no doubt beyond, and is something I am really excited about in the future of education.