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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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How To Cut Down On Photocopying

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How To Cut Down On Photocopying

Schools seem to be cracking down more and more every year on how much they allow teachers to photocopy. So here are some tips from the person with one of the lowest photocopy tally in their school. Before photocopying anything ask yourself these questions: What do my students get out of this sheet? Could I do it another way? Does the sheet have to be this size?  What do my students get out of this sheet? Not every lesson needs a worksheet. Ask yourself what purpose does this sheet serve? Is it just proof that a lesson was done? Is...

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Would You Rather?

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Would You Rather?

Would you rather lose the sense of hearing or sight? Live with 100 people or alone? Talk really fast or slow? Did those questions make you think? Were they fun to answer? Would you rather questions are great for use as: Icebreakers  These can be great for allowing students to get to know each other as they learn interesting and unusual pieces of information about each other while being fun. As there are no right or wrong answers students don’t have to worry about the answers they give. Brain Breaks  Posing these questions can be great for breaking up the...

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Top Tips for Teaching Drama

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Top Tips for Teaching Drama

I have always used drama in my classroom. In fact, the first lesson I ever got to teach was a reader's theatre lesson. I utilise drama in all my classrooms no matter the year level, relish when it my classes turn to do an assembly and have taught an extension group in upper school drama. I have done most of my learning of teaching drama on the job through trial and error and today I am going to share my top tips for teaching drama with you. These tips can be applied to any classroom, age or skill level. Top Tip 1: Have...

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