Term 2 Weeks 3 & 4

Week 3

Monday 9.5.16

9am - 11am - Assessment for Learning - Green Group

11:20am - 1pm - Assessment for Learning - Yellow Group

Tuesday 10.5.16

3:30pm - 6:30pm - All Staff - Twilight Session - Introduction to Curiosity & Powerful Learning

Wednesday 11.5.16

9am - 3pm - Katie & Daniela - Oliver Training

1pm - 3:30pm - Kali, Sally, Juliet & Lidia - L3 Stage 1 Training

Nava & Val - Preschool Research Project

Thursday 12.5.16

8:15am - 8:55am - All Staff - TPL - Teacher iPads

9am - 3pm - Kali, Sally & Morrie - PBL

3:10pm - 4:00pm - Interested Staff - ECT Meeting - Making Teaching Explicit

Friday 13.5.16

9am - 3pm - Kali, Sally & Morrie - PBL

3:10pm - 4pm - Interested Staff - Paperless Programming

Week 4

Monday 16.5.16

Georgia, Manjula, Stephanie, Joyleen & Rachael - EAL/D Connect Meeting

12:30pm - 3:30pm - Diane - L2 Training

Thursday 19.5.16

8:15am - 8:55am - All Staff - TPL - Strategic Milestones

Friday 20.5.16

8:30am - 4pm - Susan & Courtney - Thinking & Learning Conference

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Reflecting on the APSTs

Focus Area 2.4 - Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians

We all know that education is the best way to overcome disadvantage and to give all children a chance at the best possible future. For many Indigenous families, however, the education system has been regarded with fear, as it has been a force for the removal of children from their families and the erasing of culture.

Every Australian child should be given a chance to learn about this country's Indigenous history and culture. As the oldest living culture in the world, this is a national treasure. We also have many great Indigenous achievers who are positive role models for all Australians. Teachers need to affirm that Indigenous cultures, history and experiences are worth learning about. Such knowledge, it can be hoped, might help to break down fear and negative stereotypes, and to set the stage for dialogue and reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians.

For Indigenous students, knowing that who they are and where they come from is valued and affirmed at school, is a vital step in making school relevant and motivating them to do well. Building respect and having equally hight expectations of both Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians is surely a fundamental objective of reconciliation.

Strategies for improving professional practice

* Fostering an understanding of Indigenous perspectives on history, culture and knowledge across the curriculum, giving local example

* Having Indigenous materials on display, for example, books, posters, musical instruments, artwork

* Building learning partnerships with Indigenous communities, inviting speakers to visit to visiting local sites or museums

Focus Area 2.5 - Literacy and Numeracy strategies

While it is necessary for good teaching, your knowledge of a subject are is not enough. Some teachers may be experts in a subject, but they must also be able to use strategies to share their knowledge with students. Using specific strategies to teach literacy or being able to convey mathematical concepts using effective teaching techniques is a critical aspect of knowing your content and being able to teach it.

Creating a sequence of learning strategies in the teaching of literacy and numeracy will ensure students are not rushed and have the opportunity to build on previous skills.

Strategies for improving professional practice

* Clarifying content read and mathematical concepts covered in multiple ways by using auditory, visual and kinaesthetic approaches

* Having 'ready to go' strategies when encountering new words and concepts

* Periodically summarising concepts being learnt and material being read to students

* Monitoring and evaluating your use of different strategies and creating variations that will make these strategies more effective

Food for thought...

* How do you communicate assessment information to your students, team, and parents?

* Do you use wait time before calling on students, and after students answer, so that processing can occur?

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