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Mahi whai relay Tānga mahi whai

Learning experience 4, Activity 4

Intended outcome(s)

The students could

  • identify pressures that can influence interactions with others and demonstrate assertiveness strategies to manage these when working in a group in te ao kori contexts (HPE 3 C3)

Suggested approach

Use a 2-metre length of cord, knotted into a single loop. (Some games need shorter cords and some need longer ones.) Harakeke (flax) string is customary, although commercially available cords (nylon, braid, wool) can be used.

The students practice Parachute pattern 1 te heketau te tauira 1.

In groups of four to six, the students take part in a mahi whai relay. Each group assigns one student in their group the role of observer.

Round 1: Each member of the group must run out to a marker, pick up a string, and successfully complete Parachute pattern 1.

Round 2: Once each member of the group has performed the Activity, the group can select its fastest two members to compete in a relay against the other groups. Points will be allocated to determine the best group out of three relays.

Observers will watch and note down the types of positive and negative behaviours that take place during the mahi whai relay challenge.

At the completion of the activity, the observers report back what they noted, and as a class, the students discuss how they felt when they were pressured and when they were encouraged.

The students return to their groups and discuss and identify as many strategies as possible that they think would be appropriate to use when they feel other students are pressuring them or treating them unfairly.

Introduce the terms 'passive', 'aggressive', and 'assertive' behaviour and explain what each of these terms mean.

The students can place their strategies under these three types of behaviour to gain an understanding of what assertive behaviour is and what it might look like in action.

Remix the groups and redo the mahi whai relay using assertive behaviours and actions the students have identified and then discuss the positive impact of this.