Category: August 2012

Communicating from Canberra

I have just returned from three days visiting’ Our Nations Capital’ Canberra. Canberra is a popular Year 6 excursion, since all stage three Australian students have to learn about Democracy and Government. It is also usual to try and cram in as many of its attractions as possible while there and so on our trip we visited the following places.

Permission to Fail

Many articles seem to be being written these days about the need to teach our students how to fail. I particularly like this one from Australian writer Nikki Gemmell. As part of  my schools learning about The Habit’s of Mind we have all been thinking about  the importance of teaching our students to be  risk-takers. We realise

Learning through Play

I was on playground duty yesterday in the infants area, watching the smallest students play together. Learning as they did through negotiation, imagination and physical fun. While I was there I watched a small group of year one students plan, devise, create, test and modify a game. No doubt inspired by the Olympics, the game involved jumping from a