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Behind the News - 10/05/2011: Volunteer Week

Behind the News - 10/05/2011: Volunteer Week | Services and Contributions in our community | Scoop.it
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This resource is a video found on BTN (Behind the News), a long running news program broadcasted on Australia’s ABC, aimed for school students to learn about current issues and events in their world. This news report follows the story of students who regularly volunteer at an old age home as part of their community service program. Not only are these students able to understand the importance of volunteering, but are also able to interact with other people, some of whom they wouldn’t have the chance to interact with otherwise. This video really emphases the fact that volunteering is not only about giving up ones time but that all parties benefit as the volunteer themself gains a lot of experience.

 

Teaching idea:  

Students are put into pairs and are given the task of researching an organization that they would be able to volunteer at. The ‘Volunteering Australia’ website which can be found at http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org is a good place to look. Once they have selected the organization, they are to write it on the whiteboard, in order to ensure that pairs don’t choose the same organization. Students are then instructed to produce a poster which includes: A heading, a short paragraph about the organization and the ways in which volunteers are able to help, pictures/photographs and a few interesting thoughts/ideas about volunteering in general. This can be used to asses the students understanding of the video as well as the task required of them.

 

Pedagogical Research:

According to research, it has been discovered that one of the most effective forms of learning is that of learning with others. Martinez (2006) believes that just as a teacher should model strategies for a class, so too should students interact with each other in order to improve cognitive functions. Swango (2002) also argues that in a social, interpersonal sense, all students, regardless of their level of ability, benefit greatly from group work since higher ability students become more understanding of lower ability students. 

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Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid homepage

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid homepage | Services and Contributions in our community | Scoop.it
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The Australian Government website provides many interesting examples of the ways in which Australia provides aid to countries across the world. As a teacher, I believe that it is important for students to be provided with a global education as it helps them to see the world in different ways as well as allowing them to be aware of Australia’s global contribution through the Australian Aid Program. This program works with governments of neighboring countries to help the quality of life for many citizens through various community services.

 

Teaching idea:

Students are to watch the clip ‘Australia Gives Aid’ which can be found at

http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/resources-gallery/resource-gallery-video.html. Following this video which serves as an introduction to the topic of Australian global aid, students will complete the following activities.

 

Students will each be provided with a brief description of different example of an event involving Australia’s aid program. Their first task will be to locate their given country on a world map which will be stuck up in the classroom. One map that could be used can be found at this site. http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/Globalisation_-_How_are_we_connected.pdf. Their second task will be to write a newspaper article on their given example (click ‘more news’ to see more projects) as well as the importance of Australia providing global aid.

 

Links to other KLAs:

The above teaching idea requires students to use literacy skills of producing a text and thus the lesson links strongly with the KLA of literacy.

(Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1682, ACELY1694), Board of Studies, NSW. (2007))  

 

Pedagogical Research:

According to Anderson’s revised taxonomy analyzing, evaluating and creating are of the highest levels of thinking. In the above teaching idea, students are required to create their own piece of writing while using these ways of thinking in order to complete the task. 

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Lending a hand: building values

Leora Rudansky's insight:

This resource, which can be found under ‘Resources’ provides lesson ideas, assessment strategies, notes for teachers and suitable links to others KLAs. This unit of work will allow for students to understand the value of care and compassion and the importance of volunteers in the community being able to enact these values. Not only are students able to learn about this value but are able to reflect on what they can do, as citizens, to provide services and/or contributions to the community. As a teacher, I believe that when teaching about services and contributions made by community organizations and groups, in relation to volunteering, it is crucial for students to understand the significance behind it.

 

Links to other KLAs:

This unit of work can be linked to both literacy and numeracy. In one of the activities students are required to read a short novel and answer comprehension questions. (Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning to expand content knowledge, integrating and linking ideas and analysing and evaluating texts (ACELY1680, ACELY1692) Board of Studies, NSW. (2007)). Students are also required to create a survey in another activity. (Selects appropriate methods to collect data, and constructs, compares, interprets and evaluates data displays, including tables, picture graphs and column graphs (MA2-18SP) Board of Studies, NSW. (2007))

 

Pedagogical Research:

According to Frank Lyman (1981), think-pair-share, a strategy required in some of the activities, allows for students to first process the question being asked and then articulate their thoughts. In turn, this promotes understanding through active reasoning and explanation while encouraging students to understand multiple perspectives. 

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Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Program | Oxfam Australia

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Program | Oxfam Australia | Services and Contributions in our community | Scoop.it
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This resource is a page from the Oxfam website, a world-wide organization that promotes social justice as well as fighting poverty across many communities. One of their many aims as an organization involves working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organizations in running a variety of projects, which work towards making a positive difference to the lives of indigenous Australians by:

 

- Improving Indigenous Australian health and wellbeing

- Working with Indigenous Australian youth to help them realize their potential

- Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to achieve self-determination for their people

 

Teaching idea:

Students should be split into groups where they will each be given one of the 3 dot points (mentioned above) along with information about their topic. Depending on the class size will depend on how many groups are formed and whether a topic will be given to more than one group. This can be found by clicking on the links on the webpage provided. Due to the fact that this website is fairly text based, depending on the class, either this would be best used as a teacher resource and therefore a summarized version of the information could possibly be provided to students or students could go straight to this site.

 

Through the information provided as well as extra research, students are to create a PowerPoint to present to the class. Students will be assed on the following:

 

- What is your topic?

- Why is it important for Oxfam to help Aboriginal people in this area?  - What project has Oxfam set up to help Aboriginal people in this area?

- Do you think that this is a good project? Why/why not?

- What is another project that could be put in place to help Aboriginal people in this area?

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Think of Those in Need, Berenstain Bears - YouTube

Leora Rudansky's insight:

This resource is a link to the reading of the book “The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. This book is part of the well-known and loved children’s book series which tells the story of a family who see the benefit in helping those less fortunate than us.

 

While this book is quite simple and may be considered as being too childish for stage 2 students, I believe that it is a great resource in introducing the topic of volunteering and its importance. Often as teachers we forget that students still enjoy doing activities that they participated in, in their younger years, such as reading a picture book and therefore I really believe that the students will enjoy this book and learn to appreciate the deeper message behind it, as younger years may not necessarily grasp the concept or be able to relate it to their own lives.

 

Teaching Idea:

Students are put into pairs where they are instructed to choose an act of kindness that they heard about in the book and write a paragraph about what the act was and why doing this at of kindness is important. Students can then produce a short skit about this act in order to promote awareness for other student in the school.

 

Pedagogical Research:

Piaget’s theory of ‘Developmental Growth of Schemata’ (1958) is concerned with the idea of prior knowledge (schemata), the knowledge that stems from previous experiences, influencing perception, attention and memory processes. This allows for students to gain new concepts a lot easier than they would if they are unfamiliar with the topic being taught. In other words, it is crucial for teachers to link new concepts being taught to experiences students are already familiar with. This book is a fun way to introduce the topic of volunteering to students while drawing on experiences most students would be familiar with. 

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