|Scooped by Lauren Fysh|
The Little Red Yellow Black Site is a fantastic website for teachers as it contains a wide range of information about Aboriginal issues and traditions. It also contains a very valuable teacher resource taken from the Educational Resource section which contains a wealth of information and considerations for teachers when teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.
The resource covers a range of ideas, not just Aboriginal dreaming and prepares teachers about a number of cultural sensitivities they should be aware of before beginning this unit. Not only does the resource prepare teachers, but provides an array of activities for Primary stages based on the topics ‘Who are We’, ‘Culture and sport’, ‘Participation and Governance’ and ‘Resistance and Reconciliation’ that support the NSW syllabus for Aboriginal studies.
When looking at the topic ‘Who are We’, teachers could invite an elder from the local Indigenous community to come in and speak to the ES1 learners about dreamtime stories and traditions that have been passed down through the generations. They can also share what these stories mean in terms of the land and the way people respect and treat each other. This has the potential to then lead in to a unit of work on ‘Who am I’ looking at the cultural backgrounds and traditions of members of the class, and considering how these elements of their own identity are transmitted through generations. Students could also discuss whether their family or cultural traditions similar to those told by the Aboriginal elder and why.
Teachers could assess students by asking them to make a short oral presentation to the class on a couple of facts about the traditions of their own family.
This supports talking and listening skills from literacy.