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HSIE Stage 2: Causes and effects of change in the local community and other communities.
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Redfern changes the first of many under growth plan - www.smh.com.au

Redfern changes the first of many under growth plan - www.smh.com.au | Change in Communities | Scoop.it
The State Government is considering setting up a body to take
charge of some of Sydney's run-down corridors and employment and
industrial centres as it fine tunes plans to cope with the city's
projected growth.
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The State Government intend to make changes around the Sydney University local community, Redfern. The plan is to revitalise the 20 km Parramatta corridor from the corner of City Road to Granville with the reason being to cope with area’s projected growth. Reportedly there will be light rail services, medium density housing and a commercial park in stall for the area.

Ramifications for these plans for change will reshape Sydney and meet the future demands in growth whilst taking into consideration maximising jobs and investment returns for Redfern-Waterloo area.

 

Teaching Idea: Encourage children to be informed about the changes in the local community by investigating the causes and effects in physical and mental contexts. Children can learn to project the future effects of these plans and what it would look like by either scripting an episode for a skit, paintings, excursions, incursions to construction sites and so on and so forth. A visual aid to support this article can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvXb1VGJJvM which is a clip about the growth of Dubai documented over 11 years by NASA.

 

Excursion Idea: go out and about the local community, in this case Redfern, and take in the surroundings. Question children on what kind of change they would implement and why.

 

Assessment Idea: Children can envision what the intended changes would look like in Redfern by doing a collage. Allows them to brainstorm and gather thoughts around the topic.

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Our Stories - Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Our Stories - Indigenous Literacy Foundation | Change in Communities | Scoop.it
Indigenous Literacy Foundation | Can You Imagine a World Without Reading | DONATE TODAY
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Indigenous Literacy Foundation seeks to raise literacy levels and positively impact the lives of indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions. This initiative has brought about positive change in the remote indigenous communities by providing books and literacy resources and raising awareness of indigenous literacy issues. There is strong motivation for young children’s educational experiences to improve through the joy of book reading and the community environment. This change, derived from literacy programs, had bought about in the indigenous community encouragement for children to engage in books, support Australian indigenous parents to enjoy children’s literacy journey together, discover learning through reading, children progressing in schools and all in all becoming more culturally aware with cultural sensitivity for vulnerable families. There are many testimonies from the indigenous community that share the experiences of the young children from the various indigenous communities. Children can also hear and see stories from their experience in learning. Assessment task idea: Children to observe a story from the indigenous community from the website and recount how the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has changed them and in turn their communities. Furthermore, children can reflect, ponder and draw implications how one step to invest in literacy programs for Indigenous communities can bring about enormous change for the future in the context of education. Guiding children to draw up a timeline on their personal literacy experience and explain ways it impacted the class can expand this task. Link to Pedagogy: Encourage children to follow on from this example and take ownership of their learning by cultivating creativity. Children drawing up their own timeline will mean they will be in the extended abstract stage in the SOLO taxonomy as they explore the effects of change specifically geared towards the learning community of the school.
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History, diversity and Australian culture changing the communities

History, diversity and Australian culture changing the communities | Change in Communities | Scoop.it

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This 'scoop' allows you to get a glimpse of the migration experience through different migration groups. Immigrants who bring in their diverse cultures have significantly impacted Australia, being a diverse and multicultural country. This is notably one of the major causes for change in the Australian society. There is also insight in regards to assimilation and integration, the various cultures of Australian immigrants, multiculturalism and the changing nature of the Australian culture.

 

On a smaller scale of the impact of immigration as a cause of change to communities, it is evident in Sydney that different ethnic groups are gathered in different geographical communities. For example, Indian people are prominent in Harris Park, Lebanese in Auburn, Koreans in Strathfield and so on. These cultural influences have influenced the community in various ways that is shown in their cuisines, style, religious culture and entertainment facilities. 

 

Teaching Idea: From this I have thought of a great idea to foster children to learn about how cultural diversity has affected communities. My imaginary stage 2 class can interview their peers about their cultural background and their family background and how it has impacted their particular community. Then at the end of the week have a cultural food party by asking every child to bring a dish from their cultural background. Following up these activities with a discussion about how we got to experience different cultures through interviews and food tasting and how it adds value to our class, also a community.

 

Link to Pedagogy: Encouraging children to nurture and value their sense of belonging, which is one of the 5 basic needs, by exploring their cultural background. Using group work to promote collaboration as a way of learning. Allowing children to explore creativity in cultural foods and have a taste experience - learning through their senses.

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Hidden Journeys in Big Pictures

Hidden Journeys in Big Pictures | Change in Communities | Scoop.it
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A picture can speak a hundred words. These posters deliver an Aboriginal perspective on their historical journey from Aboriginal communities in Queensland, Australia. We get to discover how the Legislative Acts and Policies had impacted the Aboriginal communities over the years in regards to their land, life, identity, culture and clashes on Aboriginal communities since colonisation. Teaching Idea: This unique was of story sharing gives a chance for children to journey into the Aboriginal community in a creative and engaging manner. The effects of the changes are clearly portrayed through illustrations in the posters to give insight of what it would have been like for the communities. As a teacher, I would like to facilitate a discussion surrounding the possible motives behind the changes to their communities and its effects, both positive and negative. This poster is also very useful in giving a full scope of the change. Following on, children can get in groups of 3 to paint their own posters based around the causes and effects of chances in the local school community. Link to Pedagogy: The above task can support the basic needs of children such as the need for belonging and having fun. As a teacher I would not impose a strategy on how to do the tasks that can often hinder or restrict them but rather creating an avenue for children to progress and discover ways to study and learn.

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Climate Change

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Some people are predicting that in the next hundred years temperatures will rise by 4 degrees. That might not sound like much but according to a new report the consequences could be really serious. Let's take a look.
Hoolee Nan's insight:

This video informs about the global issue of climate change in a simplistic way on the eye level for children. There are specific examples from movies Wall-E and Tron Legacy to give predictions of what it would look like if we neglected climate change. Climate change is an issue that affects us across the globe. Even a rise in a degree rise in temperature, the world there will be judgemental effects on the planet in weather patters, ice caps and water systems. Specific change in the communities across the globe would be ocean changes, heat extremes, food shortages and rising sea levels. There is reference to Australia’s prime geographical locations such as the Great Barrier Reef so children can relate to their community and location. 

 

 

Teaching Idea: This video can be an information source for children to explore effects of changes that can be problematic to our community. Children can also sink in the information and go beyond it by exploring solutions to climate change, prevention strategies and ways to prepare.

Leading a discussion on how present life we lead is important would be an idea as a teacher. In this way, children can ponder upon changes we should be considering deeply in order to take ownership of our Australian community by building it together. In essence, teachers would be doing this by investing in children to make a better world for the future.

 

Following on, climate change brings out many other perspectives and issues around the globe. Such as, matters surrounding the mobilsation of oil, economy and weather complications - A Tsaunami in Japan affected the flock of Toyota Cars into Australia. 

 

Assessment Task Idea: research one impact of climate change for the globe and give a 5-minute presentation to your peers in groups of 5. Promotes collaboration in the process and relieves stage fright as well as a higher chance for all to participate in discussions. 

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