What is Racism? Racism No Way! A guide for Australian schools.
In this article pages 4-7 contain a lot of informational facts on racism and describes different types of racism that will easily open doors for discussion in the classroom. It also discusses identity which I think is a great topic and very important in primary schools as each student comes to school with an identity that is different to others. It is important for students to realise that their identity is who they are and they should be proud of where they have come from so teaching them that racist slurs and other nasty comments should not change this is vital.
Getty The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students -- or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who ha
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This blog focuses on the ways in which teachers can equip students with the skills to research the internet appropriately and make the most of their searches. It discusses researching techniques and encourages teachers to scaffold students through their internet use. Scaffolding students empowers them to make informed decisions when they search and opens discussion about their choices so they know the value or websites. Teaching students the different types of websites such as blogs, articles ect is also a great way to make them aware of their uses.
Australian Screen online Film and media, clips that have been curated by teachers for teachers. It also classifies these clips, stating why it is relevant. It shows the aspects you should be talking about with your students. Developed by the national Film Archive. It's a Government based website so it is appropriate for students.
Having a guest speaker come into a classroom would be an amazing experience for students. This will open children's minds to explore the cultural diversity in Australia and what is happening around the world. The Global Education Project works on the idea that students will leave school with personal and social competence, ethical behaviours, intercultural understanding. Giving students the knowledge of how to manage themselves and have their own individual ideas making them Global Citizens whom help shape a better future through exploring identity, values and attitudes. This will extremely valuable as the website adds another learning platform to support these guest speakers.
Their removal as children and the abuse they experienced at the hands of the authorities or their delegates have permanently scarred their lives. The harm continues in later generations, affecting their children and grandchildren.
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Containing personal stories of people who were/are affected by the removal policy of Indigenous peoples. These stories shared allow students to gain an insight of what the past held for Indigenous Australians, the effects it had and still has on peoples lives and our promise for reconciliation.
Referencing “how to” is a great way to help teachers explore different ways to teach history. This site explains the questions needed to be asked for understanding and different ways this can be achieved. For example, inquiry based approaches. Most pages are not relevant as they are exploring secondary years, but the information and tasks are still relevant as they can be appropriated to younger years. I really liked the quote “It important to note that History involves not just learning about past events, but also being able to understand historical texts, use and evaluate historical sources, identify different perspectives and draw conclusions.”
I also liked the idea of “Questions asked by historians”. This would be a great task for students to create their own questions as a research project find their answers. It is more personal and then a range of information will be gathered as a class.
Talking identity is a unit of work about identity, primarily from an Aboriginal perspective, and is designed for teachers of Stage 2 classes.
This teacher’s handbook is a component of the Talking identity kit which also includes a copy of the texts: The fat and juicy place and Rak Niwili as well as an audiotape of the song Rak Niwili. These materials are an essential requirement for the topics of work in Talking identity.
It is a great source to reference as it has vital information such as a glossary of words associated with the Aboriginal Identity and our local community.
My place is a great website for students to work on in groups or individually, they can explore timelines and stories of others living in that time period. It is an interactive site so students will feel more involved and interested. This is vital for students to gain insight into the identities of others and see the world through the eyes of people of the past. This will show students the differences in the world from past to present and the hardships people have been through.
Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress
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After our discussion in class last week, I was interested to find out the history of when and how gender specific clothing colours we introduced. I was really surprised to find out that in 1884 boys wore dresses up until the ages of 6-7, these days the judgements on both parents and the child are damaging. It shows the role society plays in appearance and the pressure people face when choosing clothes. It's unfair that a young boy cannot wear something pink if it is what they feel comfortable in, rather they have to conform to societies views on what is appropriate.
Guest speakers from the Australian Children's Television Foundation aim to produce multi literacy viewers and create critical viewers through screen production. The media aims to build on higher order thinking such as metacognition so that students are aware of their own thought processes. In addition divergent and convergent thinking is also of value as this gives students the skills to elaborate on ideas and critique what they observe. The website provides film resources for teachers to present in the classroom, these resources are filtered into age groups and area of studies so the film will be appropriate for a specific age group. These films also have accompanying activities with teacher prompts and tasks for students to complete. I liked the idea of the “road rules and safety” activity found at http://www.actf.com.au/teaching_resources?res=10012
The Australian Bureau of Statistics website is a great interactive site for children to keep up to date with statistics of our country. It is also a great way to start conversation about topics such as populations and obesity. Another site that could go along side this in a research activity is http://www.worldometers.info/ . For the upper years this site can open discussion about why the death rates may be so high and students can research further into the health section to discuss what countries may be contributing to these statistics.
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As a primary school student one of my fond memories is when we had a pen pall. We had to compose letters and send them to students at a school in another state.
Now that technology is so advanced, the sky is the limit. Given the intense focus on our relationship with Asia and the teaching of other languages, a great range of activities using Skype could be created. A really interesting task could be for students to present a presentation to students of an international school whether it be an English speaking audience or in the upper years a presentation in another language. Students can get feedback on their presentations from all around the world as I am sure there would be many schools interested in making this connection with Australia.
This is a great source for teachers who want to get an in-depth insight to indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees and asylum seekers. It provides facts and basic question/ answer sections.
It has a broad range of questions and answers that can be used in a class discussion for students to gain knowledge and build upon their already existing views. It will also allow the teacher to teach students about the identities of others.
This link contains videos of a train scenario where racism is evident. This video is a great way for students to understand the views of others and see how different races are perceived. Each individual's view is documented, it is a nice conversation starter for individuals to voice their opinion on what is right and wrong.
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