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Review of the Australian Curriculum Final Report | Department of Education - Document library


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6 Reading Comprehension Problems and What to do About Them

6 Reading Comprehension Problems and What to do About Them | Bismillah | Scoop.it

"High school history has a tremendous obstacle to learning — getting students enthusiastic about reading difficult texts. When I teach World History to my 9th graders, I have come up with a list of 6 common challenges I face when trying teach reading comprehension. Here’s a glimpse into how I meet these 6 challenges and help my students win!"


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Joel Norton's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:25 PM

Looks like  a sales site but has some good background info. 

 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 30, 2015 7:02 PM

Reading comprehension is so important. There are so many children who can decode brilliantly but have difficulty with comprehending...an essential part of reading. Good tips. 

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Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system

Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system | Bismillah | Scoop.it
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot! is an easy-to-use blended learning platform which works on any device, making the classroom interactive, encouraging both educators and learners to ask great questions.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, September 8, 2014 11:47 PM

Why Kahoot? This classroom tool empowers educators and captivates learners....by asking meaningful questions in real-time, creating a social, fun and game-like environment #criticalthinking #creativelearningspace

 

Two Feet & a Heartbeat's curator insight, June 4, 2015 1:59 AM

Engaged Learning systems are a powerful tool

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Map Shows Airplanes Getting The Heck Out Of Ukranian Airspace

Map Shows Airplanes Getting The Heck Out Of Ukranian Airspace | Bismillah | Scoop.it
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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, July 18, 2014 11:20 AM

Terrible world news today...Geography and Global Education. How will you explore world event like this in the classroom?

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▶ Making a Robot using Explain Everything App for iPad - YouTube

Students build their own robot (with moving parts) in Explain Everything App for iPad. Very cool!

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Two Great Classroom Posters on The Six Thinking Hats

Two Great Classroom Posters on The Six Thinking Hats | Bismillah | Scoop.it

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Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, July 19, 2014 12:49 AM

I think IEP meetings could be more productive if the 6 Thinking Hats approach was used.  What do you think?

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 2014 1:50 PM

Interesting to use a different perspective for things.  I hadn't heard of the 6 hats but will be looking fir more info...

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, July 20, 2014 6:47 PM

A fresh take on the Thinking Hats - a great tool for writing blog reflections and other individual as well as collaborative work.

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Not All Practice Makes Perfect: Nuances We Can Learn From Experts In Their Fields

Not All Practice Makes Perfect: Nuances We Can Learn From Experts In Their Fields | Bismillah | Scoop.it
Do a little research and you'll discover that a big fat "if" has been placed out in front of the old adage "practice makes perfect." Practice makes perfe

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 30, 2014 9:55 PM

When does practice make perfect? The current research in this area provides some guidance. Below are the sections you will find in this post:

Practice make perfect:

...if you overlearn

...if it is spaced and regular

...if you make mistakes

...if it is deliberate

...if you have natural talent

...if you have a sharp memory

...if you get an early start

...if you have good genes

...if you practice with a partner

...if it reflects your intelligence

Each of this areas are discussed within the post and in many cases there is at least one link to additional information.

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Teaching History Outside the Box

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How do you improve history instruction for young people? My advice might seem hopelessly out of touch with the realities that history educators face in classrooms every day. But as a complete heretic

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, June 12, 2014 5:53 AM

Hear, hear...let's be creative and foster a lifelong love of history ������

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Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group

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The Australian Government believes teacher quality is critical to the future prosperity of young Australians and the productivity of the nation. We intend to lift the quality and status of the teaching profession and believe that action needs to start when teachers are gaining their qualifications. A Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group was established on 19 February 2014 to provide advice on how teacher education programmes could be improved to better prepare new teachers with the right mix of academic and practical skills needed for the classroom.

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‘First Fleet’ Sets Sail for Australia

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On May 13, 1787, the “First Fleet” of military leaders, sailors, and convicts set sail from Portsmouth, England, to found the first European colony in Australia, Botany Bay.

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Teaching Basic Map Skills To Young Children - Geolounge

Teaching Basic Map Skills To Young Children - Geolounge | Bismillah | Scoop.it
It’s never too early to teach young children spatial awareness.  Teaching children how to read a map and relate it to real world objects can start when they are fairly young.  Teaching basic map skills can be achieved through reading books about mapping as well as hands on mapping lessons. Henry’s [...]

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Curriculum resources | Asia Education Foundation

Curriculum resources | Asia Education Foundation | Bismillah | Scoop.it
Explore contemporary and traditional aspects of Asia. Explore Australia’s place in the region. Access online resources and materials to support the texts. Numerous text-based and online resources and lesson plans.
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Science is Fun - Ideas & Resources for Hands-on Science Lessons

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"Throughout middle school and high school conducting lab experiments was my favorite part of every science class that I took. There was something about the hands-on aspect of science labs that always got me excited about learning."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:50 PM

Richard Byrne provides a number of links to websites that have great hands-on activities for students to learn science. The sites include:

* Science is Fun - 25 chemistry experiments geared to students in grades 4 - 9

* Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has activities in twelve topics. You will find experiments for students preK through grade 12.

* Discover the World is from NOAA. A total of 43 experiments which are probably best for grades 4 - 8.

* Squishy Circuits. Learn how to create the "dough" to create these circuits and watch a TedEd to learn more.

There are many ideas to be found in this post and lots of fun for your students to experience while they explore and learn science!

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Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement | Bismillah | Scoop.it

"A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if it were true in other disciplines as well."


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Joy Power's curator insight, October 9, 2014 9:21 AM

Important research on learning for achievement.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 9, 2014 3:53 PM

Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 13, 2014 9:51 PM

Research about how self-awareness can help you tap your learning potential

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7 Excellent Pinterest Boards for Elementary Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Excellent Pinterest Boards for Elementary Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Bismillah | Scoop.it

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, September 19, 2014 9:33 AM

There are tons of great ideas here.

Diva Teach's curator insight, September 22, 2014 10:02 PM

Sometimes I feel like we forget about Math and focus on ELA. We can't forget about math!!

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Bismillah | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:50 PM

In this post Alan November suggests that there are four skills we should teach our students the first week of school. Before reading on, what do you think are the most important skills to teach those first days of the year? What do you teach that first day? Most of us would probably answer the procedures and policies, and perhaps the rules. That is not November's advice. He suggests that we do the following.

1. Power Researching - Studies continue to tell us that students do not know how to search well. They tend to Google the answer. Creating questions that cannot be googles is not easy, but it is necessary that our students have "high level research skills.."

2. Meaningful contributions - Can your class come up with an idea that will make the world a better place? If they can, and you help make it happen, they will make the world a better place.

3. Ask them about their passions - Would you consider giving students time throughout the year to work on a project that they are passionate about?

4. Build a learning ecology - Our students need to know that we are also learners. What did you learn this summer? Share this with your students. He states "we have to teach students to learn to learn."

There is much more on these 4 skills in the post. Think about trying to do one or more of these this year.

Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 25, 2014 7:55 AM

Σε αυτό το post ο αρθογράφος δείχνει ότι υπάρχουν τέσσερις δεξιότητες που θα πρέπει να διδάξουμε στους μαθητές μας την πρώτη εβδομάδα του σχολείου. Πριν το διαβάσετε, ποιες νομίζετε ότι είναι οι πιο σημαντικές δεξιότητες για να διδάξετε αυτές τις πρώτες ημέρες του έτους; Τι διδάσκετε εσείς την πρώτη εβδομάδα; Οι περισσότεροι από εμάς θα απαντήσουμε πιθανότατα τις διαδικασίες και πολιτικές, και ίσως και τους κανόνες. Αντί αυτών ο αρθογράφος προτείνει να κάνουμε τα εξής:
1 Η δύναμη της αναζήτησης - Μελέτες συνεχίζουν να μας υπενθυμίζουν ότι οι μαθητές δεν ξέρουν πώς να ψάξουν καλά. Τείνουν να "γκουκγλάρουν" την απάντηση. Η δημιουργία ερωτήσεων που δεν βρίσκονται στη google δεν είναι εύκολο, αλλά είναι απαραίτητο οι μαθητές μας να έχουν «δεξιότητες υψηλού επιπέδου στην έρευνα ..." 

2 Σημαίνουσες συνεισφορές - Μπορεί η τάξη μας να καταλήξει σε μια ιδέα που θα κάνει τον κόσμο ένα καλύτερο μέρος; Αν μπορούν και σας βοηθήσουν να συμβεί, θα κάνουν όντως τον κόσμο ένα καλύτερο μέρος.
3. Ρωτήστε τους για τα πάθη τους - Θα το σκεφτόσασταν να δίνατε χρόνο σε μαθητές όλο το χρόνο για να εργαστούν σε ένα πρότζεκτ με το οποίο είναι παθιασμένοι;
4. Δομήστε μια "μαθησιακή οικολογία" - Οι μαθητές μας πρέπει να γνωρίζουν ότι κι εμείς είμαστε επίσης "μαθητές". Τι έμαθες αυτό το καλοκαίρι; Μοιραστείτε το με τους μαθητές σας. "Θα πρέπει να διδάξουμε στους μαθητές να μάθουν πώς να μαθαίνουν». 


Υπάρχουν πολύ περισσότερα από αυτές τις 4 δεξιότητες στο άρθρο. Σκεφτείτε προσπαθώντας να κάνετε ένα ή περισσότερα από αυτά φέτος, έτσι για αλλαγή!

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Map Shows Airplanes Getting The Heck Out Of Ukranian Airspace

Map Shows Airplanes Getting The Heck Out Of Ukranian Airspace | Bismillah | Scoop.it
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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, July 18, 2014 11:20 AM

Terrible world news today...Geography and Global Education. How will you explore world event like this in the classroom?

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▶ Making a Robot using Explain Everything App for iPad - YouTube

Students build their own robot (with moving parts) in Explain Everything App for iPad. Very cool!

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014 | Bismillah | Scoop.it

"The 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 2, 2014 7:49 PM

Yesterday I posted the top choices from the American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) on the best apps for 2014. Today they listed the top websites in the following categories:

* Media Sharing

* Digital Stories

* Manage & Organize

* Social Networking & Communication

* Content Resources

* Curriculum Collaboration

As you review the websites you will find one or more standards that are addressed by the websites.

Although I know many of the websites, there are some that are new to me that I look forward to exploring. Below are several that I have used and really like, or are ones I have checked out and will be using in the future.

Are you looking for new tools and want ideas on how to use them as well as examples and links to learn more about the tool. Check out Remix-t, a site from the University of Notre Dame, that is chock full of great ideas and resources. Although this site is geared to college teachers the resources and examples will provide you with great ideas and you will be able to modify them for your classroom. You will find in under Content Resources.

Mixed Ink is a new site to me. It allows you to create a group of students who will write together. They may comment and evaluate the submissions and each students' writing will show up in a different color. This looks like  a great site, esp. for schools that are not using Google apps.

There are many more that I will be exploring. Do you have a favorite website? Share them in the comment section and let us know why it is a favorite of yours.

Murielle Godement's curator insight, July 3, 2014 1:54 AM

Annuaire (partiel et) commenté par catégorie.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 3, 2014 1:01 PM

the American Association of School LIbrarians (AASL) listed the top websites in the following categories:

* Media Sharing

* Digital Stories

* Manage & Organize

* Social Networking & Communication

* Content Resources

* Curriculum Collaboration

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Planning using backward mapping

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, June 16, 2014 2:05 AM

A useful planning template for history that uses Wiggins & McTighe's backward mapping approach.

 

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Singapore International Water Week 2014

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The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions.

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A Literacy Lens on Historical Inquiry: HTAA Primary Newsletter

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Julie Wicks's curator insight, July 30, 2014 10:55 PM

An informative article about how to teach History in the primary school.Connections between History, English and critical and creative thinking are discussed. 

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‘First Fleet’ Sets Sail for Australia

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On May 13, 1787, the “First Fleet” of military leaders, sailors, and convicts set sail from Portsmouth, England, to found the first European colony in Australia, Botany Bay.

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First Fleet - Behind the News - YouTube

Recently we celebrated Australia day on the 26th of January. But why do we mark it on that day in particular? To answer that question, Sarah will take you ba...

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, May 5, 2014 9:32 PM

This YouTube clip, produced by BTN, tells the story of children who came to Australia on the First Fleet in 1788.

 

Support materials with teaching ideas include the following key inquiry questions:

When is Australia Day?

Complete the following sentence: The day marks the anniversary of...

Describe life in Britain in the 1700s.

Why were prisoners transported to the colonies?

What sorts of crimes were committed by people who were transported?

How many ships transported convicts in the First Fleet?

What do you think life would have been like on board the ships in the First Fleet?

New _______________ was the name give to mainland Australia.

Who was the commander chosen to lead the colony?

Name three facts you learnt watching the BtN First Fleet story.

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21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding | Bismillah | Scoop.it

"The ultimate goal of teaching is to do just that – teach, not stand up in the front of the room and talk.

But sometimes it’s easier to talk than to teach, as we all know, especially when we need to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. We hope students will understand...

The problem is, we rely on these tests to measure understanding, and then we move on. Few of us take the time to address weaknesses and misunderstandings after the tests have been graded."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 1, 2014 10:00 PM

How do you go about checking for understanding? Exit slips may be too late to correct misunderstandings. This post provides 21 suggestions on ways to check for students' understanding. A few of them are listed below. Click through to the post for more information on them as well as additional suggestions.

* Avoid yes/no questions

* Ask students to summarize

* Misconception check

* Peer instruction

WEAC's curator insight, May 2, 2014 3:04 PM

These are all great, but I particularly like this one: 

3-2-1: Students consider what they have learned by responding to the following prompt at the end of the lesson: 3) things they learned from your lesson; 2) things they want to know more about; and 1) questions they have. The prompt stimulates student reflection on the lesson and helps to process the learning.