I am an upper primary classroom teacher. I believe that Education should be at the forefront of responding to change, rather than catching up with it. I believe that the profession is changing rapidly and that the role of a teacher is approaching that of a facilitator of learning. I enjoy implementing new ideas into my classroom and continuously learning with my students. Technology is a tool, not the answer.
Our first Unit of inquiry for the year was ‘Who We Are’. The Central Idea was “As we grow we look at the world differently.” Content-wise, we integrated the Health Curriculum as well as Cyber-Safety principles. One of the culminating experiences for this unit was the children creating a Code of Conduct for their blogs, […]
In Mathswe are looking at Time. One of the things we needed to inquire into was Time Zones. Sometimes in Australia we have five time zones and at other times we have three. This was something we wanted to find out more about! Students were given some suggested lines of inquiry but also encouraged to […]
Today saw Year 5 experiencing “A case of Discovery” by Education Interactive. This was a fun interactive way for the students to engage in the science of forensics. Students were presented with a series of clues, and through engaging with manipulative materials, were able to crack the code and solve the case.
It’s a lazy Spring afternoon, with the students not in the optimum frame of mind for a Mathematics lesson. We decided to play with our new lego set and see how we could use it to show Mathematical understanding. These are some of the things the students came up with: Bianca Sam Meg Ella Simone […]
Year 6, Our Individuals and Societies unit this term is “When Cultures Collide”. An important thing for you to understand before looking at different cultures around the world is what the world culture means, and what students believe their own culture means. To do this, please have a quick look at the following sites, that […]
In Term 2 we have begun using Scratch to learn about programming in Design. Here is one of our first attempts. scratch gliding from SAS Year 6 on Vimeo.
One of our culminating Novel Study tasks was a creative piece that asked students to recreate the chapter ‘Through the Trap Door’ (harry_potter_novel_study, thanks to Jade Hill) One of our students, Henry submitted this as his work;
We have been using Google Docs a bit this term, and we are now working with them. We are using a Google Doc to draft our essays, which is quicker than handwriting, especially when we are editing things by moving them around. The Google Doc also allows our teacher to see how we are going […]
In Mathematics we are looking at Fractions. As part of our Tuning In, Mr Huebl asked us to demonstrate our prior knowledge on working with fractions by creating an instructional video. As well as being part of our Mathematics Inquiry, they will also serve as resources for students both in Year 6 and lower years […]
This term in Science we are looking at Micro Organisms. We begun our Inquiry last week by Tuning In to what we already knew. Amongst many other things, we established that ONE type of Micro Organism is Yeast. This week we are Finding Out about yeast by comparing the making of bread with and without […]
Our Inquiry Units in Term 2 will revolve around the same concept in both Language A and Humanities. This guy might give you a clue as to what that concept is! Prizes will go to a) Those who can identify who this dapper looking fellow is; and b) What the Key Concept for these units […]
This term in Language A (English) we have been writing explanations. A creative outlet for publishing these pieces of writing was to record them as audio. This seemed a little bit down towards the S/A end of the SAMR model, so we redesigned the task to make using technology to present the work less ingenuous. […]