Beth Dixon (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Tahu)
Phone: (07) 308-6322
Neke atu i te 15 tau a Beth e mahi ana i roto i ngā kura e kawe nei i te reo Māori me te mātauranga Māori i roto i ngā kura.
Beth has many years teaching experience with particular expertise in the teaching of te reo Māori kaupapa. She has been a facilitator for Te Poutama Tau, Te Whakapiki i te Reo and has supported many kura in developing their localised curriculum documents through the implementation of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
More recently, Beth works as a professional learning and development facilitator supporting kura to plan and develop their reo Māori programmes with a particular focus on reo-ā-waha (oral language). She, also, supports Provisionally Certificated Teachers in gaining full certification through Ako Panuku. A believer of life-long learning, Beth is enthusiastic about working with kaiako and supporting them in the development of their reo and classroom practice.
Beth is accredited as a Professional Learning and Development (PLD) facilitator to support teachers in English-medium and Māori-medium settings through the centrally-funded PLD option offered by the Ministry of Education.
2005 – Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (Excellence in Māori Language)
1990 – Waikato University: Bachelor of Education
1987 – 1989 - Hamilton College of Education: Diploma in Teaching
Te reo Māori is my passion and continues to drive my mahi. As a second language learner myself, I understand the pressure behind learning te reo Māori and effectively teaching it in an engaging way for students. Ensuring our students are exposed to quality reo and effective practitioners continues to challenge me as an educator and I aspire to rise to that challenge.
“E kite ana i te pikitia nui, arā, te hua mō ngā tamariki mokopuna. Ko te reo-ā-waha te waka kawe i te reo matatini. Mā te whakapakari i te reo ā waha, whakawhanake ai ērā atu wāhanga o Te Reo Matatini. Kāre he mutunga o te mihi ki a koe mō ngā mahi, mō te tautoko, me te ārahi i a mātau i roto i ngā mahi reo. Kua whai hua mātau katoa i ngā mahi tautoko. Kua kaha ake taku whakamahi rautaki reo i roto i taku akomanga, hai tautoko i te mahi reo, me te whānuitanga o ngā marau. Kua tau ki roto i ahau te motuhaketanga o te reo-ā-waha hai tūāpapa mō ngā mahi. Ahakoa i whakaaro pēnei i mua, kua tangata whenua te whakaaro ki roto i ahau. Kua whakapakari i ōku mōhiotanga ki te Wāhanga Reo o TMoA.” [Participant, In-school PLD, 2016]
“Beth Dixon’s style of facilitation at the PCT hui agreed with me. Her format, supported by skilful questioning techniques, has given clarity to my own understanding of essential new-teacher basic knowledge. Through her actions she provided an excellent model of how she manages a classroom and what she employs to promote and maintain the learning environment. Her flexibility management of classroom behaviours has opened new thinking streams and shown me ‘gems’ I can use to improve my own practice and delivery. Eg. she used a student’s answer given the day before to move the discussion in a new direction. She used a student’s answer from hui 1 to reinforce a point in hui 3. This gave me the feeling that she really listens and remembers. Wow!” [Participant, Ako Panuku PCT Hui 2016]