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Term 2 - LEARNING TO EMPOWER

KEA: New Zealand's Smartest Parrot

We watched a clip off You Tube from Animal Planet about the New Zealand native Kea.  In the beginning the purpose was to look at simple forms of technology, but we could see a lot of Pomaria Powerful Learning Behaviours in the Kea. This is what we gained from the Kea.

 

THINGS WE FOUND INTERESTING

Kea never gives up.

Kea is focussed.

He is curious because he wants to be.

Kea's problem solving skills work at every opportunity, not just sometimes.

Kea never waits for someone to tell him what to do or to experiment.

He creates opportunities for himself.

 

WHAT WORDS DESCRIBE KEA AS A LEARNER?

Curious                                             Confident

Learner                                              Fearless

Thinker                                              Persistent

Intelligent                                            Clever

Hard worker                                         Determined

Uses past knowledge

 

WHAT POMARIA LEARNING BEHAVIOURS DOES KEA SHOW?

 Curiousity

Kea is curious by nature. Some people say that he is always up to mischief breaking and destroying things, but scientists around the world have come to New Zealand to study the way Kea problem solves and how he uses things around him as tools.

Co-operation

Two Kea worked together to get the food out of the box. One Kea pulled the string and the other Kea claimed the food and shared it. A group of Kea worked together to destroy a traveller's car. The family went hiking. They were not gone long but when they returned the car was trashed.

Reciprocity

Kea learns by watching peopel do their every day chores and jobs.  They also learn form each other. They Observe, Think and Question themselves in a matter of seconds. By watching each other they learn to get food and get a rewards for themselves.

Perseverance

Kea saw liked, he watched carefully, thought about it and found out how to achieve his goal. He was successful in all he did because he never gave up. He saw what he wanted and he went for it. He kept going until he got what he wanted. 

Creativity

Kea is able to draw a mental map in his head to solve problems. He creates his own plan of how to remove puzzle pieces to get his reward. He would never have have seen human tools before, because he is a wild bird. Kea uses trial and error to learn how to get his reward.

 Collaboration

The Kea did not have a problem working together to get the food. They did not think about one Kea doing all the work and the other getting all the food. No-one taught them to collaborate and share, they just knew it was something they had to do to get the job done.We think they are very trusting of each other. They must respect each other and trust their abilities.

 Problem solving

Kea figured out how to move the logs off the wheelie bin. The logs wer put there to stop them from making a mess. No-one taught how to problem solve.They use their minds like a chess player to work out the sequence of moves. The Kea worked out which logs needed to shifted in what order to allow it to open the bin.