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Classroom Tour 2020

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Classroom Tour 2020

This is my third year in my room, and I haven't changed too much this year from last. I have my classroom pretty much the way I want it and find I am just refining things these days, as well as adding a few flexible seating options. This is the view as you enter my classroom. I currently have the desks in groups, but this changes every 3-5 weeks, as well as the position of other furniture in the room. I love keeping my windows clear. This helps to bring in more natural light and make the room feel more...

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NAPLAN Plan of Attack

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NAPLAN Plan of Attack

As a former teacher of year 3, and now in my third year of year 5, I feel like I have NAPLAN prep down to a science!  Let me put in a disclaimer here: I DO NOT teach to the test. What I do is teach the Australian Curriculum which the NAPLAN test is based on. From that, I pull out the items most likely to be covered by NAPLAN and ensure I cover a wide variety of topics. Let's start with an overview of term 1. Here is a look at my term planner for year 3 and 5...

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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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