“A name is not just a name.”

You know what I love about teaching?

It’s being able create opportunities for our tamaiti to develop what’s already inside them. Providing spaces for them to explore who they are and why they are. Supporting and enabling them to succeed as themselves. This is why my favourite times in the classroom were when my students bravely stepped out into our world proudly as themselves, empowered and confident.

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#SLW2020 Learnings Part 1: So what now?

Is it just me, or was Samoan language week on another level this year?

Busy with Teine Sāmoa and our Mila’s My Gagana Series promotions, I couldn’t help but share my new discoveries with educators, principals and interviewers.

It just seemed like everywhere online something was happening, someone was sharing, people were showing and some of us were launching things that were all in support of promoting Samoan language, culture and identity.

Continue reading “#SLW2020 Learnings Part 1: So what now?”

Is it just me, or was Samoan language week on another level this year?

Busy with Teine Sāmoa and our Mila’s My Gagana Series promotions, I couldn’t help but share my new discoveries with educators, principals and interviewers.

It just seemed like everywhere online something was happening, someone was sharing, people were showing and some of us were launching things that were all in support of promoting Samoan language, culture and identity.

Continue reading “#SLW2020 Learnings Part 1: So what now?”

Our gagana: ‘the essence of being Sāmoan’.

I miss being immersed in our gagana Sāmoa, our Sāmoan language.

The questions, being told off (or hearing others being told off), even the entertaining and highly animated faikakala reports, which always seemed to take on a life of its own.

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