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.
Have you ever asked your students to write a chapter summary or maybe who their favourite character was in a text? The question we should be asking is whether these questions challenge students to be critical thinkers or simply recall facts.
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.
NAPLAN returned this year, what a joy! The two main text types covered are narrative writing and persuasive writing and this year, we were blessed with a narrative prompt. We have been working on persuasive texts and this post will share some useful resources I have found to support this unit.
A blackout poem is a piece of poetry where the text and text form a sort of visual poem. I was drawn in to blackout poetry by one image and decided to explore the concept and learn more about it. I was intrigued by how it was displayed and the creativity involved.
I have some fantastic writers in my class and I wanted to explore poetry with them, but do it in a way they had never experienced. My class were unfamiliar with blackout poetry and so I took the opportunity to experience something that was both new to me and my students.
Writing allows students to express themselves creatively and to make their thinking visible to others. For that student who is always finished their writing first and promises that they have checked it from top to bottom and are completely happy with it, a checklist is a wonderful way to encourage self editing and self assessment.
I’ll be honest, I never really used thinking routines often in class until I had more exposure to them. Following my teacher training, my style of teaching was using textbooks and delivering knowledge but with more intel about the purposes and the benefits of using thinking routines, my style of teaching has evolved.