Approaching challenges Te aro ki ngā wero

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  • Mental health
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Personal health and physical development
  • Relationships With Other People
  • Healthy Communities and Environments
  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Health promotion
  • Socio-ecological perspective
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Years 5–8
  • Years 9–10

Finding ways to approach challenges. Using the Element, Challenge and Approach cards, along with the Approaching challenges activity sheet, learners can find ways to approach challenges. Learners can select Approach cards to help them find a starting point, make connections and explore their reasons why. Using this methodology, learners can develop a holistic approach to facing challenges, problem-solving and goal setting.

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This activity is part of the Ata resource collection.

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Essential info

1-2 lessons
Individual or groups

Learners will

  • Explore existing and new areas of focus or interest.
  • Identify and explore strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement.
  • Identify a holistic, self-led approach to challenges, problem-solving and goal setting.
  • Describe where they are at in their learning and identify what their needs and strategies are.
  • Become empowered and resourceful in their learning strategies.
  • Develop a voice and contribute to an individual or collective learning pathway.

Ways to use the resource

  • Use outcomes from the Developing strategies activity as a precursor to this exercise.
  • Use blank Ata cards to develop new challenges or perspectives.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
  • As a teacher, reflect on the same questions and compare the perspectives.
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Shown here: The Approaching challenge activity sheet with five cards placed on it. One Element card and a related Challenge card, along with three Approach cards.


What you will need

Element, Challenge and Approach cards.

Approaching challenges activity sheets: One per person or group.


1. Preparation

Learners should have completed the Developing strategies activity or selected a challenge and its related element that they or their group wish to focus on.

2. Prepare activity sheets

You’ll need to print or photocopy one Approaching challenges activity sheet for each person or group.

3. Defining an approach

Take the pre-selected Element and Challenge cards and place them on the activity sheet.

Locate the Approach cards. Select three questions from the cards that you’d like to explore as part of your approach to this challenge.

4. Discuss and capture

Using the selected approach questions, discuss and capture your responses in a format of your choice.. Based on your responses, develop a plan for approaching the challenge.

5. Customise

Using the questions on the Approach cards as a guide, develop and explore factors that will help you approach challenges. Use group discussion and blank Ata cards to capture your ideas.

Next steps

  • Teachers can use insights to inform future lesson plans and areas of learning inquiry.
  • Use the strategies developed here in learning conversions using the Learning stories activity sheets.
  • Follow up on how learners are progressing with the Check-in activity sheet and Shift cards.