The following Year 3 learning sequence was developed by Year 3/4 teacher Melissa Bennett in our work as a Teacher Development School. The sequence is linked to The Australian Curriculum - English content descriptions. You can access The Australian Curriculum by clicking this link:http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ ;This sequence was developed using the literary text,“The Twits” by Roald Dahl
eachingACEnglish is a rich, practical and contemporary professional resource to support teachers and school leaders implementing the Australian Curriculum: English from Foundation to year 10.This collection of video snapshots – or vignettes – illustrates ideas, approaches and strategies for teaching, learning and assessment.The vignettes demonstrate approaches to differentiation and aspects of explicit teaching about a select group of content descriptions for reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
As a tech advocate, I often find myself coaxing established educators to incorporate new tools & technologies. Here are some ways I've found to be successful.
1. Do not set out to “fix” anyone’s teaching
If you’re working with veteran educators, this is especially important. They have been successful in their field for many years, often decades. Perhaps they teach an AP course and are used to a high percentage of 4’s and 5’s on the AP exam. Maybe they teach a writing class and feel that they are effectively preparing their students with advanced writing skills. Regardless of their specialty, approaching a hesitant teacher with an eye to radically change their curriculum and pedagogy can feel threatening and critical.
Instead, try this: observe what they do in the classroom that’s made them successful and build out from there. Offer suggestions on how to make their good teaching practices more efficient or effective, using tools that clearly make tasks easier to accomplish. Perhaps DropBox will facilitate distributing handouts in the classroom, Google Drive is a better alternative to emailing drafts back and forth, or Google Earth can provide more interactive exploration of the Grand Canyon. Tailor your approach to each faculty member, with specific ideas to facilitate and/or enhance their teaching.
===> As they become comfortable with new tech, they will very likely be open to conversations about other digital tools you are using in your own work. <===
Stewart House is a children's charity located at South Curl Curl, Sydney that provides short term respite care for children in need. It is a hospital, school and charity all in one and has been serving children for the past 70 years.
Primary school tests leave little time for art, music and books and make children feel like failures, teachers argue (Why 'national' tests? Why not spend some quality, one-on-one time with the children?
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