Room 1: Whaea Michelle

Tena Koe

My name is Michelle Van Schadewijk, I am the new entrant teacher at Mamaku school. I have been at Mamaku for just over two years.

I am from Rotorua and have spent many years in early education.

I am passionate about teaching and have taught for 20 years, mostly in early childhood/montessori. I feel as if the new entrant age is where I am best suited, I feel comfortable and confident supporting children here.

I have copious amounts of knowledge with this age and stage.

I have a strong understanding of children's needs and I build relationships easily. I have great initiative and communication skills. I am kind and bubbly children are drawn to me, I believe I build trust and provide a learning environment that encourages intrinsic rewards as well as confidence. I believe identity and culture is important and practice tikanga and te reo practices daily.

I am big on peace and kindness , I believe education is the best weapon for peace.


Nga Mihi Michelle

What's Happening in Room 1:

Our focus this term is HAUORA/TAPA WHA -body, spirit and others. Body systems, learning about how our bodies work(science) as well as learning about how to look after ourselves, nutrition and exercise.

Exploring and growing of course our brains. Zones of regulations will be explored further as the children learn how to self regulate their emotions and how emotions work.

Experimenting with measurement, addition and counting in 2’s and 5’s for maths. Locking in number knowledge is repetitive, supporting all ages and stages.