Teach2web – WEB2.0 teaching tools!

Teach2web – WEB2.0 teaching tools!

A group of  teachers who explore and brainstorm ways to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into teaching


Arts Live – A must for Australian Teachers

Arts Live – A must for Australian Teachers

Access to resources targeted to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum with links to the 5 Arts areas! This resource is free and contains ideas that would be highly engaging for children.

Scootle – Models of Contemporary Learning

Models of Contemporary Learning

Great resources for teachers to save time on planning!

Bethany Primary School (Werribee) ‘Short Film Festival’

Bethany Primary School (Werribee) ‘Short Film Festival’

“Each year our students are able to showcase their design and creativity skills through the use of video editing and animation. The students are invited to submit videos to be considered for award nominations. Films are then judged based on set criteria and awards are given to those films which are outstanding in the various categories.”

Categories from last year were:

– Best Film (Golden Camera Award)

– Best Camera Work

– Best Sports Video

– Best Special Effects

– Best Home Produced Video

– Most Creative Idea

– Best Animation


Quality Learning Australia

Quality Learning Australia

Quality Learning is an approach to improving learning and the quality of school life.

It provides simple tools, methods and concepts to make classrooms and schools more efficient and effective.

No more rewards

How to reward your students when you don’t believe in rewards

What an inspiring article this is. Going through primary and secondary school as a student, rewards were commonplace in most classes I was a part of.  Pernille says here that children really do not need  extrinsic rewards for learning to happen. It makes sense. Setting up an elaborate classroom rewards scheme can take time and energy, and most likely just gives children the impression that there is no need to learn unless a reward will be offered.

The paragraph that really stuck with me was:

“So in throwing out all of my rewards, I found out about the biggest reward of all; time.  This simple concept that I know we have precious little of in a classroom is a hot commodity to everyone.  Now when my kids deserve recognition (which they do every day) I give them time.  Whether it is to take the time to speak to them about their work, or to write feedback.  Whether it is to give them time to work or just time to speak to one another.  How about time for a sledding party?  Or time for 5 minutes of meditation after that awesome assembly?  How about the time to just be a classroom, to just hang out and celebrate all the amazing things happening in our room, in our school, in our world?”

How awesome is that. Time. Simple. Taking the time to explain to a child why their work is outstanding, or areas they can focus on. Taking the time to explain to the class how attentive they were at assembly and offering them a 5 minute meditation afterwards.

I will definitely be working towards implementing a program in the classroom that uses time as the biggest reward. Getting over that ingrained belief that items like stickers are needed to motivate children to learn won’t be easy – but I am excited to begin to adapt this new learning into practise.

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