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Christmas Ideas

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Christmas Ideas

If you are like me, then you still have 2 weeks left of school!My students actually have swimming in the last 2 weeks which I think is the absolute BEST time to have swimming! It means less planning for me and even more of an excuse to just put the T.V. on at the end of each day.But in the time we are at school I do still need to do some teaching and I prefer to do crafts/activities that are educational in some way.Today I want to take you through my favourite Christmas activities. Technically in the last two...

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Moving Classrooms

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Moving Classrooms

Some teachers dread having to move classrooms while others like the opportunity for a fresh start (or maybe even the chance for an upgrade).  Sometimes it means teaching a year level you've never taught before and sometimes it means moving into a dreaded demountable. Whether you count it as a positive or a negative, one thing is for sure. It is a huge undertaking! In Today's blog I'm going to take you through my three phase approach for moving classrooms in an efficient, easy and stress free manner. Phase 1 I recommend starting this phase early- even if there is...

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Revamping an Old Classroom

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Revamping an Old Classroom

I am currently in a classroom that was built in the late 70's. That means there is worn away wood mixed with brick and ageing furniture. Today I wanted to share some tips with you on how to give your classroom an easy face-lift. Contact Paper If you have any flat surfaces that you would love to hide, use contact paper. I get mine from Kmart in marble. I am a little addicted to marble. I choose contact over paint as it hides what's underneath better and is less work overall. I started with the skirt above my windows. It...

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Procedure Writing

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Procedure Writing

When we think of the text types we need to teach to our class we first think narratives and persuasive.  We chuck in some poetry, a letter or two and then maybe think about procedures. I love teaching procedure writing!  It is one of the most hands on and engaging text types and definitely a text type they will see and probably need to write later in life. It can also be a gateway to teach so many other topics, cooking, measuring, verbs, adverbs, oral instructions and so much more! Today I am going to share with you some fun...

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How I Plan A Unit

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How I Plan A Unit

This week I am on the mission of completing another HASS unit so I thought I would take you on my journey of how I create a complete unit. The first step I take is looking at the curriculum. Usually I divide the curriculum for each subject/area into 4 groups so I have a unit for each term. I use my curriculum checklists and cut up the aspects. Once I am happy with the groupings I choose one that either I am most motivated about or the one that makes sense to be first. Maybe it runs into other aspects...

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