Ngā hua o te Hangarau Matihiko: Lucia Ehu Hamilton

Whaea Lucia just started giving it a go to support her ākonga to realised their aspirations in Hangarau Matihiko. Alongside her students her journey has been about unlocking the possibilities of Hangarau Matihiko and learning together. By accessing resources through Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and local experts, she’s building her confidence day-by-day in Hangarau Matihiko.

Check out Whaea Lucia’s story below.

My name is Lucia Ehu Hamilton. I’m from Te Māhia. I live in Te Wairoa. I have three sons. Two are working in Australia, one of them is working in Taupo.

We just started, and dived in because we have Greg Ford and Wi MacNab here, both are great experts in this field, so from discussing it together and working together, I thought, it has to be done, get on with we need to do. Although we haven’t really looked at the curriculum in depth, we are building, and doing what’s required to open this up for our kids. It’s up to them also, to teach us, the pouako because they are open and they want this type of work.

So, I thought I should try and get this initiative going, doing digital technology, due to the hui at Pūtahi, I thought, this is awesome, this stuff is really awesome.

I attend the trainings that Greg sets up. There’s training in town, to open up the curriculum, so every Wednesday, half past 4 to half past 5, I’m there with him, everything is in the language, and we learn. I encourage my mates to go. And if they don’t then I come back and explain it, in order to help the teacher aides, because there are heaps of them here, alongside the kids, ngā ira o tua, so we organised a lesson on B-bots for them, at Easter time, they arranged some eggs on there, and it was up to them to guide the robots to reach each point, to reach the eggs. They were amazed at that, they saw the value of it. So, the teachers began to look a closer look at this, and think about how they might use it. So, the year 7-8 teacher, is really good at...his/her kids are older, so they’re pursuing the building and making of robots, and making them go. Yes, it’s great.

At the beginning of the year, we asked the classroom, "what are your goals that you want to achieve this year?". Most of them where about digital technology, using Rapirapi/Scratch. So I thought, I should make an effort to achieve their aspirations.

I didn’t have the slightest idea of what I was doing, but I just started. I thought, perhaps I should do it like this, like that, then… through making mistakes I’ll learn eh? Let’s say it’s a lesson. A lesson comes out of it, so then fix it, and keep going. Yes, I think, because the kids are ready. They’re ready. We teachers should be ready, have to be ready. Because ..it involves the brain, and handling, and building eh? The child learns quickly through doing it, they’ll learn. By making mistakes, they’ll learn, so it’s ok, making mistakes is ok. It’s not as if the teacher has to get it right all the time.

Get stuck into going to trainings to look at the internet, the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme, because the Pīkau are there to help you. Believe in yourself that you can do it. In that page there’s heaps of help. Yes, it’s amazing, do what you gotta do, I think, just get on with it.

Thanks to Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko. Yes, if it wasn’t for them, I would be in trouble with this initiative. Yes, it’s really, really amazing. The help is great, the support…and there’s a page where you can ask questions, and those kinds of things, yes.

What opportunities can you see for your ākonga in Hangarau Matihiko? Explore your ideas with other kaiako on Ngā Kiriahi / Community of Practice here.