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. 🙂

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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

 

Writing Prompts (Creative Writing Pictures on Pinterest)

What Is A Writing Prompt?

I have found that many students need a kick-start in helping their creativity when it comes to writing. A writing prompt is simply a topic around which you start jotting down ideas. The prompt could be a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture, with the idea being to give you something to focus upon as you write. You may stick very closely to the original prompt or you may wander off at a tangent.

You may just come up with rough, disjointed notes or you may end up with something more polished and complete, a scene or even a complete story. The point is to simply start writing without being held back by any inhibitions or doubts.

Here are four good reasons for writing to prompts :

1. Sometimes it’s hard to start writing when faced with a blank page. Focusing on an unrelated prompt for a while helps get the creative juices flowing. If you write for just ten minutes on a prompt, you should then find it easier to return to the piece you intended to write. You may also find that if you stop trying to think so hard about what you wanted to write and switch you attention to the prompt instead, the words and ideas for your original piece start to come to you after all.

2. The things you write in response to a prompt may also end up as worthwhile material in their own right. The prompt may give you ideas from which a complete story grows or you may get fresh ideas for another piece you are already working on. It’s often surprising how much material you come up with once you start.

3. Writing to a prompt regularly helps to get you into the habit of writing. This can act as a sort of exercise regime, helping to build up your “muscles” so that you start to find it easier and easier to write for longer and longer.

4. Prompts can be a great way to get involved in a writing community. Sometimes writing groups offer a prompt for everyone to write about, with the intention being for everyone to come up with something they can then share. This can be a source of great encouragement, although knowing that others will read what you have written can also inhibit your creativity.

 

This is a great site where I have used some visual prompts that the students loved:

Enjoy and get out your creative thinking caps! 🙂

More fun Behaviour Management Ideas

3 Colour Light System
Here I have decided to use a coloured ice-cream cone system.  When a student displays negative behaviour they have to move their spoon to a different colour.
Ice cream behaviour management system- Mrs. Terhune's First Grade Site!
To make this simpler, I have designed one only using red, green, the cone and the spoons.
Behaviour Bingo
Choose one behaviour that you find your students are having a tough time with and let them know that you’re looking for it.
My kiddos are having a super hard time transitioning quietly and sitting still for certain periods. I’m pretty sure I’m running a circus 😉
We need several reminds to transition quietly and quickly, so now we are going to be rewarded for doing it correctly.
I am going to try the idea of putting up a bingo chart and prize chart and the bingo pieces in the little bucket.

When we transition quietly and quickly, I will choose a ticket from the bucket.

Then I will cover the corresponding number on the chart. I am going to use a dry-erase marker since the chart is laminated, but you could cover the chart with fun magnets instead.
The students get bingo by filling an entire column. Whichever column they fill first is the prize they will earn!
P- Popsicle Party {or you could do popcorn party, pizza party, or just party and you can decide what they get!}
R- Read-a-thon. My students really enjoy reading. Probably because  they’re all really good at it! During our read-a-thon, they can bring a  pillow or blanket from home, read with their shoes off and basically  just have a relaxing afternoon reading.
I- Inside Games. You know, those fun games you get to play during rainy  day recess. That’s what we’ll do! Of course, you can always make  this one an ice cream party, or an invite of some sort or even an Information Technology (PC gaming day)
Z-  Z was hard! Although I decided on “Zooper Dooper” Lolly day.  Any other ideas!?
E- Extra Recess! I have a feeling this one is going to be the most enticing!