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?”

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”

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”

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”

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”