3/4GB have been learning about Australia Day. We watched a video of people reflecting on what Australia Day means to them. You can watch the video
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Kidspeak is a blogsite from a Year 3/4 class on a contemporary learning journey about major customs and celebrations in Australia. This resource is effective for teachers when observing the different and similar thoughts on a mutual topic of 'Australia Day' of a diverse range of stage 2 students in the same community. This website contains a video directly from Stage 2 students reflecting their thoughts on what Australia Day means to them. Towards the end of learning about the diversity of groups within and between communities in the CUS2.3 and CUS2.4 outcomes, a teacher may do something similar and also create a video to show during the school assembly, which portrays students answering questions based on “Australia Day” such as:What did you do to celebrate Australia Day?Why do you like Australia?Do you like Australia Day as it is or should it be changed?
By doing this, it provides an open gap for students to improve their literacy skills by using their thinking skills and also will improve their confidence on talking and listening by answering the questions. Jones (1996) states that children are sometimes bursting with important ideas to tell teachers but find it difficult to interrupt teachers. For this reason questioning children will help release ideas and suggestions. This is effective because the students will also be encouraged to hear from there peers perspectives.
To follow up with this activity, the teachers can also assess students by creating an open discussion about what they have learnt and what they think about diversity within and between their communities. Furthermore this is an excellent opportunity for teachers to delve into the students’ metacognition and understanding of the topic area given. Moreover it provides the students an opportunity to express their feelings and students can also develop skills of reflecting and classifying information from their very own experiences of celebrating Australia Day with their families and friends. This website helps teachers to have a better way to plan lessons and activities based on Australia Day and other major customs, events and celebrations that Australia follows.