This post is a resource to supplement my presentation at the AISWA HASS Conference in Perth on October 6, 2017. The Year 5 History curriculum offers many rich opportunities to look at our local people, events and stories. The Pinjarra Massacre is a good example, and useful when developing the historical skill of perspective. Practical […]Read More Pinjarra – Battle or Massacre?
MY PHILOSOPHY Why do I teach what I teach within my role of ICT Literacy Teacher, in regard to both colleague and student learners? This expression of my pedagogy is influenced by my own experiences and my personal values. It is also influenced by social and cultural values, awareness of the changing world, my knowledge […]Read More Philosophy of Teaching and Learning – Revisited 2016
The Abstract: You don’t always need to download an app from the iTunes Store. The following web-based apps are free and iPad-friendly. When selecting these apps, I focused on opportunities for creativity and thinking in the Early Years Classroom. BINGO BAKER A great tool for practising basic number facts, or vocabulary terms. No need to […]Read More ‘APPY AS – Notes For My School Presentation
You often find out about a great book to read through a friend. In our Grade Two class, we have a daily routine called ‘Postie’. Letters are written and read recommending a good-fit book to a classmate. The Student of the Day becomes the Postie and gets to deliver the letters to others. ‘Postie’ started […]Read More Postie Letters: enhancing Reading and Writing in the Daily Five Classroom
In blogposts and via Twitter some teachers report that the Daily Five routine is often ‘tweaked’ to suit their classroom constraints. Less apparent is the ‘tweaking’ that is done to match a teacher’s pedagogy, their beliefs about how learners learn and how teaching works. If you believe that the eye and ear work best together […]Read More INTERROGATING THE DAILY FIVE – PART 2
In my first years as a teacher I felt that the way I taught spelling and word study was disconnected. I could design fun activities, however I was not sure these word searches and blends worksheets actually helped students to move on. I wished that my spelling and word study programme was more connected with […]Read More THE DAILY FIVE – WORD WORK