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Hidden Figures & Othello

A few weeks back one of the Teach First Mathematics trainees organised a field trip of her Year 9 & 10 classes to the film "Hidden Figures" which involves 3 African American women in the 1960s who were brilliant at Mathematics and worked for Nasa "The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program" 

She felt that it would inspire the students in Maths.
It was a steep learning curve for her as she had not realised how much organisation is needed but it was a huge success and good on her for being innovative. The students enjoyed the film, clapping when one of the women won a promotion. It was also a history lesson for the students in the effects of segregation in America at the time. We didn't lose any students walking to the train, getting off the train or left at the cinema. They behaved well.

On the last day of term a group of 43 …

Kia Eke Panuku

Steve Rowe from Team Solutions ran a workshop on Teacher Only Day (Image from

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – Steve Rowe
Please click on the links highlighted for more information Whakawhanaungatanga – relations & connections – how do we build on the layers of relationhips & connections Look at 4 docs:- ·Well being for success  ·NZ Curriculum Te Marautanga ·Tataiako ·Kia Eke PanukuTe Kotahitanga Treaty ofWaitangi ·Partnership ·Curriculum – all students have opportunity to acquire Te Reo & tikanga ·Relationship & engagement with Maori learners inclusing whanau & background ·Listening to learners & no deficit theorising Maoripotential - Ka Hikitia ·Every student has the potential to succeed ·Confident, connected, successful lifelong larners ·All students should have the same opportunities to suceed ·Tailor education to learners ·Focus less on remediating deficit, don’t function on dysfunction