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Personal identity and self-worth: guidelines for our class as a whānau/family

Possible Learning Activities

  • Either individually or in small groups, students could identify the things that they need for the classroom to be a positive learning environment for them. They may consider:
    • what helps them learn
    • what they enjoy and don’t enjoy about being in this class
    • what makes them feel safe or unsafe in this class. 

Compile a class list that includes everyone’s ideas.

  • Students can identify, describe, and record the range of roles that class members have within the class, such as learner, group member, group leader, monitor, sharer, listener, presenter, helper, decision maker, and problem solver.
  • Individually or cooperatively, each student could record three roles that they perform quite well and one role that they could improve on. For example,

  • Using this information, the teacher and students can together compile class guidelines that will create a safe, positive learning environment. Students should consider the attitudes and values that will be important as well as personal responsibilities, behaviour towards others, and the physical environment.
  • Students can express these guidelines as positive statements.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • identify and describe their needs in the class whānau/family structure (3A4)
  • identify shared and individual roles in the class (2C2)
  • share ideas and beliefs to develop guidelines for a positive classroom community (2D1/3/4).


Acknowledging personal identity, self-worth, beliefs, and values (taha wairua); identifying needs for learning and emotional safety (taha hinengaro); interacting with others and developing a sense of belonging (taha whānau); and considering physical safety and the physical environment (taha tinana).

Socio-ecological Perspective

Emphasising that all class members are interdependent and have a shared responsibility for the physical and emotional environment of the classroom.

Attitudes and Values

Promoting a positive and responsible attitude towards their own well-being, respecting the rights of others, displaying care and concern for others and the environment, and displaying tolerance and non-discrimination.

Health Promotion

Creating a supportive physical and emotional environment.