Emotions from School to HOME

Well hello. Yes, I haven’t seen you here in a while. When the children returned to school, I thought it was time to hang up my parent educator boots. However, weeks in and still emails trickle through my inbox from parents, namely around the transitioning back to school. As I read away, one word lightsContinue reading “Emotions from School to HOME”

What is Learning?

As we near the end of a Term 3, one of full isolation and remote learning here in Victoria, I’m beginning to visualize a smooth transition back to school. Before we start getting excited, yelling “freedom!” let’s give you a tool that’s not in the curriculum. A little education secret. Let’s paint a picture ofContinue reading “What is Learning?”

How Do Teachers Create Success Criteria?

We interupt the Sunday Sizzle due to parents request! We have almost finished unpacking Success Criteria (SC), but a little DM popped up on Instagram late one night… “Miss Donald, I get the Success Criteria. My child gets it too, but where do the teachers get them from?” 11:07pm The cogs in my mind startedContinue reading “How Do Teachers Create Success Criteria?”

A FAMILY Learning Task

Pause. I’ve decided to take a pause from unpacking Learning Intentions and Success Criteria as my communication with ALL educators; parents, teachers and children alike have a similar emotion in common. Overwhelm. Appreciate = recognise worth and understand the value of. Assessment = to evaluate or consider. So here is a task. A mood generatingContinue reading “A FAMILY Learning Task”

What are Learning Intentions?

Letting a Preppie loose with a pair of scissors will yield three Preps with fancy new hair-dos. Think short, jagged and uneven bangs. Which has me mentally labeling the scissors pot in a Prep classroom as a ‘DANGER Zone.’ Far more dangerous though is the cognitive ‘Danger Zone.’ A learner staring out the window becauseContinue reading “What are Learning Intentions?”

An Unusual Start.

Unusual: not habitual or commonly occurring or done. Has there ever been a more unique start to a term? We are making history. This week; the official start for most Victorian Primary Schools, I will share the teachers perspective on what the first day looks like, so that we can link it to you atContinue reading “An Unusual Start.”

Feedback To Move FORWARD

Effective feedback can almost double our impact as educators. Research that considers schools across the globe from various year levels has found that effective feedback can promote almost two years growth in a one year period. Within my school environment, I conducted a study in which all educational staff (teachers of classrooms, specialist programs andContinue reading “Feedback To Move FORWARD”

How Do I Get Them to WORK?!

There are ripples across the community this week as we learn that Term Two learning will begin remotely. A challenge for every family that will look different household to household. Every little piece of this teaching puzzle will help with home education; so let’s start with my most useful teaching tool. As I scroll throughContinue reading “How Do I Get Them to WORK?!”

How Much is Enough?

Holidays have begun, but little clarity remains as to whether schools will re-open for Term 2. As proactive parents let’s begin building our teaching toolbox early to support online learning, as we could be implementing in less than 2 weeks. Our spaces are now set up for success, but how much learning is enough? “HowContinue reading “How Much is Enough?”

Setting Up For Success

Classrooms are wonderful places. Pots of pencils on every table, tubs with personalised workbooks and plenty of space for learning displays. Homes however differ, temptations everywhere, washing to be done and limited space to devote to a study zone. Learning and teaching at home is the ultimate challenge. So lets knuckle down on one pieceContinue reading “Setting Up For Success”

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