Stories are the fabric of our existence, intertwining the threads of memory, imagination, and experience into a tapestry as diverse as humanity itself. In this thought-provoking piece, Francesca Baker delves into the heart of why stories matter, exploring their power to connect us, to heal us, and to shape the very essence of our being. From the tales told around ancient fires to the narratives that unfold across today’s digital landscapes, stories are our companions through the journey of life. Join us as we unravel the profound impact they hold!
Ako Solutionz is pleased to offer fully funded training to Teacher Aides in Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement – a culturally centred, strength based model for wellbeing and positive behaviour change, under the Ministry of Education Professional Learning and Development Fund.
Our training dates available for Teacher Aides are:
2-day Online Teacher Aide Training via Zoom
5 July and 19 July 2023
2-day Teacher Aide Training, Auckland
3 August and 17 August 2023
2-day Teacher Aide Training, Christchurch
10 August and 17 August 2023
2-day Teacher Aide Training, Wellington
23 August and 6 Sept 2023
2-day Teacher Aide Training, Auckland
31 August and 14 Sept 2023
To register for these trainings, visit: Upcoming Training Dates
We will be holding Te Ara Whakamana trainings throughout the MoE regions in the second half of 2023 and early 2024. If you or your staff would like to attend a Teacher Aide training in your area, please complete this form and we will do our best to facilitate a training in your region: Te Ara Whakamana Teacher Aide Training Expression of Interest
The Teacher Aide PLD fund is open for applications from 24 April 2023 – For more information on how to apply contact us at email@example.com, or visit the MoE website: Teacher Aide PLD Fund 2023-2024
Please note: if your school or kāhui ako is receiving whole-of-school training, Teacher Aide training is included and there is no need to apply for additional PLD.
‘An opportunity for a fresh start’
By Nigel Marshall
When a person has behaved in ways that cause injury, discomfort, or disruption they often become ‘storied’. By this we mean that negative information is shared about that person that explains their behaviour as an integral part of who they are, rather than just talking about ‘what they have done’.
For example, a person becomes storied as aggressive, violent, or a bully etc rather than someone who has been aggressive, violent or has bullied.
This can have serious implications when we are seeking to help a person make positive changes.
Instead of looking for the cause of the behaviour in its context, we may be locating the cause of the behaviour in the essence of that person and often in their culture. This story is more likely to be seen as reflecting a fixed determined state that is resistant to change.
Not only can this negative story or view be held by those working with a akonga, e.g. teaching staff, other akonga, whānau etc, it may become internalised and held to be true by the akonga themselves.
If the akonga also believes that their actions are a result of their ‘fixed’ nature and/or culture, their belief and motivation for positive change will also be weakened.
While it is a familiar and all-too human response to generalise and categorise behaviour it is often a major barrier to making positive change.
By focussing on an akonga’s strengths, positive beliefs and values, and structuring opportunities for the akonga to apply those skills, strengths, beliefs, and values in ways that are of assistance to others and reflect well on themselves, we create the potential for a new, mana enhancing, positive story to emerge for the akonga themselves, staff, classmates and whānau.
This new story needs plenty of opportunity to be practiced and must be shared with all those who have previously been privy to the negative storying until the new story becomes the defining description.
This is an example of ‘co-regulation’ where the locus of responsibility for behaviour and self-regulation shifts from resting solely on the individual, to being the shared responsibility of the individual and those of us in that person’s community.
For the Restorying Guide Template, visit the resources section here: TAW Downloadable Resources