This afternoon I went to a meeting about Mana Enhancement, part of the Mauri-Ora programme at TPS. Three of my male Maori students are involved, hence my participation. Myself and the other teachers who have students participating went along to learn what it was all about, so we could better understand, support and help our students who will be doing the same things over the next 10(ish) weeks.
I had no idea what to expect because my students were not involved last year (only year 5's upwards are involved).
It. was. awesome.
Jake, who was running the programme with us (and the kids) took us through what the kids would be doing, but in an hour instead of over 10 weeks. Super quick, but just a taster so we could understand what they would be doing.
We watched this video -
We talked about the Mana Enhancement model which is a tool designed to help students understand what they are feeling, why they are feeling that way and what they can do to help themselves feel better. It uses Maori terminology to link to feelings of strength and bravery.
Jake is going to go through this model with each of the Maui Ora students to help them understand and process their feelings better.