Interesting and therefore worth while noting!
The' tuakana teina' practise of working along side or with another student is practiced in our class. Sometimes it is organised by myself but it also occurs naturally in the class as a practise of the students.
Working together and sharing and constructing understanding is showing its effectiveness in reading but I realised the other day as I roamed after taking a group for mathematics, that those practices of asking and sharing personal interpretations has been transferred to analyzing mathematical word problems.
Questions asked during inquiry time (which is integrated with reading) have also prompted students to find out more about those areas. A possible example of students taking increasing control of what they want to learn.