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”

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?”

Using SUCCESS Criteria to Motivate

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 “Using SUCCESS Criteria to Motivate”

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”

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?”