Recently, a student went on an overseas family holiday during the school term and subsequently missed lots of learning.
In an attempt to keep this student connected and engaged in learning, I created a personalised travel journal for her to take on her trip. I decided to keep it simple, adding some question prompts as well as space for writing or drawing.
When she returned from her trip, she was so excited to share her experiences. She answered the questions, drew illustrations and kept travel tickets. The question prompts were really useful for this particular student and she did a wonderful job sharing this with the class on her return to school. Her face lit up as she was telling her stories and other students had lots of questions for her too.
It was a great way to make her feel welcome back and that this trip had not impacted her connections with other students.
Can you believe it’s April Fool’s Day soon! It reminded me of the fun we had with our Year 5 students last year and we thought long and hard about what fun we might have this year. Here are my top 5 pranks to play on your students for April Fool’s Day.
Brain breaks are important, especially while in distance learning. We may spend a lot of time on our digital devices and I wanted to give my students a graphic reminder to take breaks as they need them.
International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 and this year, is celebrated on the 30th of July. Whether you are in the classroom or teaching online like me, there is is reason to miss the opportunity to celebrate friendship.
A new semester means new goals for my students and with distance learning in the back of my mind, I had to make this fun! I’ve titled this resource as a VisionBoard to encourage creativity, a positive attitude and a growth mindset.
“When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.” Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
As teachers and students, we are so used to being around other people. Spending the days by myself is going to be tough, and I think it’s going to be tough for my students too!
Throughout Distance Learning, there are a few things that I will continue to do from our Term 1 practice. I believe that wellbeing goes hand in hand with learning so it is important to continue to build friendships and connections and to ensure there is time for mindfulness.