Mauri Tau is a programme that uses a scientifically engineered bio-feedback technology, called Opzone, to assist ākonga to recognise the behavioural patterns of their mind and body. It works by attaching an e-clip to the earlobe connected via a USB cable to a computer. The software measures the real-time physiological state of the ākonga by recording and interpreting their heart rate patterns. The information is stored in their personal profile and shows changes over time. This process helps the ākonga to measure, identify and consciously strive for their optimal learning zone to achieve optimal results.
The Mauri Tau programme also leads the users through a series of focused deep breathing exercises, to achieve a more balanced physiological state, increasing the ability to be calm, focused and ready to learn.
Often kaiako have a good gauge on knowing where their ākonga are at in terms of readiness to learn but sometimes we get it wrong. A smiling, active tamaiti who looks happy to be at school may struggle to contain that energy and just wants to laugh and giggle and play. Another tamaiti, who’s stressed and hides it well, may find it difficult to focus and process new information and just needs some food, water and rest, before they’ll be ready to learn. Mauri Tau helps us to see the difference and respond accordingly.
How cool would it be if the kaiako and ākonga understood their own body’s stresses, understood their heart beat signature, understood the body’s responses to thoughts or emotions and the impact it has on their heart beat signature, recognize it and do something positive about it? Implementing the Mauri Tau programme helps us to get it right and ensure we are supporting our ākonga as best we can.
Examples of feedback:
I like Mauri Tau because it’s good for your mind and I focus and concentrate on everything that I learn about. And it’s fun, and it’s a breathing test that we do all the time.
Ākonga, July 2015
I’ve noticed my boy is a lot calmer these days. He uses the breathing techniques. I’ve seen him do it.
Whānau, July 2015
You can actually see it in their wairua, on their tinana, that they are a lot more calmer than they used to be. WHY? Because they realise they can be more in charge of themselves.
Kaiako, July 2015
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