The SKILL to Learn

This was a major topic in my last post, but I didn’t quite have the word count to unpack it. When people ask me “what is the most important thing for my child to learn in primary school?” this is it. Metacognition is the core of learning as it builds our self-control. Once children areContinue reading “The SKILL to Learn”

What Kids REALLY Want to Learn

Kids are humans. They want to learn about humans. Not every human, just one special one. Themselves. Today’s focus isn’t a skill from the curriculum, nor is it one you can teach in one sitting. It’s all about the incidental chats here parent educators. Once our children understand HOW they learn, sit back and watchContinue reading “What Kids REALLY Want to Learn”

Teaching QUICK Resilience

Moments to teach resilience are fleeting. They billow in quickly in a haze of emotion and before we have a second to identify WHAT is happening, WHY it is happening and what you can do as a parent, WHOOSH, it disappears. Today I gift to you, 3 strategies, tested in the classroom, backed by researchContinue reading “Teaching QUICK Resilience”

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?”

Success Criteria for Motivation

So far we have upskilled ourselves in motivation and Success Criteria separately. It is time to unpack the intertwined nature of the two and build your agency as a parent educator. Yes, you are ready! Success Criteria = the aligned perspective of achievement in a task, unit or series of lessons. Motivation = the driveContinue reading “Success Criteria for Motivation”

Sunday Sizzle

Good afternoon and welcome to that ordinary Sunday feeling. I say ordinary as there is something nonchalant about a Sunday. On one hand, we have the ‘day off,’ but on the other we are gearing up for the week to come. The Sizzle today is based on parent feedback (yes thank you thank you toContinue reading “Sunday Sizzle”

Success Criteria at Home

Here we go team! Success Criteria is the ribbon that ties a perfect bow around learning stakeholders; from parent to child to teacher. In terms of achievement and motivation, this is the learning money maker. NB: none of the Success Criteria here are my own. They are parent provided samples or sourced. Success Criteria (SC)Continue reading “Success Criteria at Home”

Sunday Sizzle

Coming to you live…on a Monday. Why? This #ISOweekend was all about family time and Zoom-ing with friends. It really takes it out of you. Can you imagine how our children feel at the end of a video chat session? Engaging in this form of communication is different and effortful. Emotionally and visually taxing. BeforeContinue reading “Sunday Sizzle”

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”