Monthly Archives: September 2012

Congratulations Belinda (4th Year Monash Student) : Ongoing Employment for 2013!

Congratulations Belinda from all staff, the PrepD children, parents and me. Thank you for your work, professionalism and we all know you will be an amazing asset to our profession and future leader!

Cheers Nina

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Comprehension: A 4 Part Diorama – Three Little Pigs or Little Red Riding Hood

One of our Prep classrooms was working on comprehension dioramas and I knew I had to make these with my students. The children have been engaged in narratives and are loving this task. Young children need to be able to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways and having opportunities to create is important. Writing a narrative is our genre focus along with comprehension.

The narrative has a beginning, middle, end, problem and resolution. Using a fairy tale works well beacause the children are familiar with the story and this is important. They were read two stories and were able to choose which story they liked best.

The first task was to complete a story map. The map is used by students to guide their diorama. The children will use their diorama to retell the fairy tale to a peer and then to the grade. Identifying the problem and resolution will help my students format and write their own simple narratives.

Cheers Nina

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One Teacher’s Perspective: Australian Ski Resort Review- Thredbo is all Go!

Something different… THREDBO!

This has been my winter on the slopes. I’ve skied a number of mountains in Victoria this year… but last week I had the opportunity to take a week Long Service Leave and ski the Thredbo Resort in New South Wales, Australia for the first time. How could I have got to my age and not been to Thredbo?

Driving into Thredbo was breathtaking. From the village you look up at the mountain and runs. In the early evening the groomers start and can be watched through the night. On Saturday night fireworks light up the night sky and a snake of lights weave their way down the mountain.

What an amazing mountain! Wonderful long groomed runs from top to bottom of the mountain and crowds spread out meaning very few lift queues. Cruising slopes without having to worry about collisions and knowing that the grooming has been completed to perfection is refreshing. The Thredbo Resort Management knows how to look after their mountain and therefore the skiers.

Great weather at the beginning of the week enabled me to have a close look at this beautiful mountain. The terrain is varied with plenty of variety to cater for all skier levels. The Ski School has its own space with many attractions for young children. The staff are well looked after within the organisation and happy to share their mountain. As the wind picked up later in the week, skiers were able to find protected areas to ski.

Skiing the Golf Course area was a highlight, tricky and nicely challenging and for those skiers who enjoy off piste the back country at Thredbo is amazing. I was able to view the terrain from the top of the mountain.

So Thredbo, I’ll be back again and as a Victorian skier that’s difficult to type. Thanks for the great week! And thank you to the mountain staff who work hard to ensure visitors to Thredbo have a great time on and off the slopes!

Cheers Nina

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International Baccalaureate IB-PYP Teaching Perspective to 5&6 Year Olds…

The following post was written by Belinda who is completing her final year of university. Belinda writes her own blog  called BDORIOTEACHING.

Our inquiry central idea is: Personal histories reflect traditions and culture. They key concepts are change, perspective and reflection. Over the past two days children have been bringing in items that show their ‘personal history’. Items such as baby clothes, photos, medals etc. have come in so far. Today I was able to share some of my personal history with the students, and they really enjoyed seeing the photos of me at their age.

To explore perspective, we began with a discussion. The aim of the discussion was to expose students to the fact that people have different points of views, opinions and perspectives.

I showed the students the front cover of the book My Place, by Nadia Wheatley and we spoke about how people thought the book would be about different things depending on their perspective.

I had them break off into groups and discuss their thoughts and then come back and report to the class.

After our whole class discussion I opened the book to a page where a school boy is walking down a path way, but it is unclear exactly what he is doing (for those who are not familiar with the book, it has no words).

I asked “Where might he be going?” and received different responses from each child. Every child’s answer was plausible, as they were taking cues from the picture.

‘He is going to meet the girl at the gate, he is going to school, he is going to the shed, he is going to ride that horse’ etc.

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Today I expanded on this discussion by re-capping our conversation from yesterday and showing that same picture. Tying in with our narrative focus, I then asked the students to write a story about the boy walking down the path. I stressed that they could write anything they liked, as long as it was their thoughts or perspective of the picture. I was really impressed by the quality of work.

Post by Belinda Dorio

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