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?”

Sunday SIZZLE

A summary of the week that was… Before jumping into decoding Learning Intentions and Success Criteria next week, I thought it best to pause and reflect on our week of MOTIVATION. Welcome to the Jungle – A short piece for those returning to Distance Learning. We summarised what we learnt from our last isolation experience.Continue reading “Sunday SIZZLE”

QUICK Behaviour Management at Home

A cup of tea after an hour of work. A biscuit after putting the baby down for a nap. A run when your partner returns home for the day. Rewards! They come in all shapes and sizes, but why are they essential for our children during isolation? In my last post, I reduced classroom motivatorsContinue reading “QUICK Behaviour Management at Home”

Remote Learning Motivation

And…we are back. It’s been a week since diving into Distance Learning Take 2. This piece aims to serve as a kick-starter, to shift us from the “I have no idea what I’m doing” parent to the “I can do this” parent educator. It’s here to prompt your thinking on ‘motivation in learning’ as IContinue reading “Remote Learning Motivation”

How to Create SPELLING Words

This has been my MOST requested topic so far. Be prepared to shift some thinking as the learning of spelling has come a LONG way. As always, take the information that you need for your home education environment and leave what you don’t. Rome wasn’t built in a day. There is a perception around theContinue reading “How to Create SPELLING Words”

Classroom Translation Series: READING

The next 4 posts are a series (highly requested), as parent educators ask; “What does (subject) learning look like?” We will walk through what Reading, Writing, Spelling and Mathematics look like in the classroom, unpacking the learning process for parent educators. Literacy = Reading, Writing and Spelling learning, often referred to as ‘English’ within theContinue reading “Classroom Translation Series: READING”

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?”