Valentine’s Educational Activities!

Valentine’s Day is here! 

I have located a few fun and easy educational Valentine’s activities to do today! Thanks to these inspirational websites click on the links below to go to each project and free printables!

1. Follow Your Heart Maze by Mr. Printables
2. Heart Garland by My Plum Pudding
3. Valentine Hearts-Letter Match Game by Makes and Takes

Great website for learning letter recognition and CVC words: http://www.readingconfetti.com/2014/01/alphabet-treasure-hunt-for-valentines.html

Influential/ Inspiring Quote

There is a need in schools to ensure that curricula and pedagogy are connected to students’ worlds, and to recognise that good relationships between teachers and students… are important for student outcomes, and that this is especially the case for underachieving students. (Mills et al., 2007, pp. 15-16).

Closing the Educational Gap

I see closing the gap between Indigenous and Non Indigenous students as an imperative. Indigenous students need the opportunity to attend an environment that nurtures their culture and academic abilities. As teachers we need to start with “the here and now and map backwards” as Professor John Lester so eloquently says. This is important as otherwise all we are doing as teachers is delivering the same content year in year out with no scaffolding- HOW BORING…. (didgeridoos, boomerangs- we have already done it to death why do it again, we already know about the Aborigines)

In changing these perspectives and to promote Aboriginal Education in fun and engaging manner I have come across this website: http://www.crackerjackeducation.com.au/. There really is some great resources here, so continue to share and help in the fight of closing the gap and promoting reconciliation. 🙂

Read Engage

Aim Engage is a current affairs website dedicated to improving literacy outcomes for Australian  children by providing current, relevant and age-appropriate reading material.

Why Online?  With the  upcoming rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the imminent  release of the National Curriculum, schools will need resources to meet the  changing literacy needs of Australian children. In particular, the national  curriculum advocates using an increasing variety of multi-modal texts in teaching English reading  skills.

The prevalence  of personal computers and the emergence of a generation who can truly be  described as “digital natives” has created a new platform to educate and  inspire children. Unfortunately,  the vast majority of content available for school aged students on the internet  is too complex or hard to find for this group. Engage is a trusted and  accessible space on the internet for children to explore.

Content  The site will  be updated frequently with news-style recounts, topical information reports,  entertainment reviews, interviews with people of interest and opinion pieces.

http://www.readengage.com/index.php

 

Is it Ethical?

A new introduction to DEC is the teaching of ethics. Most of the topics in the curriculum provide students with the opportunity to develop increasingly sophisticated knowledge and skills in moral reasoning. Children in the younger primary years examine topics such as being left out, sharing and bullying, while older children reflect on issues such as homelessness and child labour to help them consider the feelings and interests of others – one important aspect of moral reasoning. Other aspects include understanding consequences, having empathy, appreciating difference, recognising common capacities, recognising and acting on duties and giving equal consideration.

http://www.primaryethics.com.au/K-6.html