I hope this week’s edition finds you well.
VALE Steve Willy
Thank you to everyone who reached out and sent a lovely message in relation to the passing of Steve. I forwarded all of them on to Keay, which provided some comfort during a challenging time.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“When kids have interesting books to read and time to read them, they read more, and more matters. Students who read regularly grow as readers, they acquire more vocabulary, and they become better writers. They develop the stamina to engage with complex ideas or characters over hundreds of pages (stamina many of them will need for college). They sometimes experience that breathless feeling we get when we surface from the depths of a book. Increasing the volume of reading helps prepare students to navigate a changing world as well as develop empathy and understanding. Readers are important in democracy.”
- Gallagher and Kittle (2018)
FUNNY OF THE WEEK
TWEET OF THE WEEK
THE SMITH FAMILY
Over the month of June, I set a goal to run 50km to help Australian children living in poverty. I’ve ticked this off by logging 58km as of yesterday, and now it comes down to raising the dollars.
My goal is to raise $360 to support The Smith Family to help disadvantaged Aussie kids,and if you'd still like to support my efforts, it's not too late! Any donation will help kids experiencing poverty across Australia, by providing them with access to educational programs, support and resources, so that they can achieve their dreams.
Also, when you make a donation, you'll receive a tax-deductible receipt which will come in handy for June 30! If you would like to donate to my fundraising page you can click below on the link.
Thanks for your support 😊 http://thedreamrun.com.au/fundraisers/dannyhyndman
Over the course of term 2 I was lucky enough to partner with my colleagues Paula and Keay to facilitate two intakes of the Literacy Master Trainers program.
It made for a hectic term, but it was such a joy to work with the talented and committed educators in both intakes.
The participants are trained up to facilitate the Literacy Local Leaders course, which is available in Networks across the state of Victoria beginning in early term 3. The LLL course is an entry point into the literacy suite of courses on offer in Victoria. I’ve included the link below.
The course itself can sometimes be confused with Leading Literacy, which is the mother ship course of all the courses on offer. A name change could be in order!
In fact, it was due to the success of Leading Literacy that LLL was created.
Between 2010 and 2017 Leading Literacy had year in, year out consistently high evaluations from participants. This led to Keay and Steve meeting with Bruce Armstrong (Director) and Lisa Black (Manager – Regional Partnerships) to discuss how the positive impact of Leading Literacy could be expanded to further impact the system. The result – the Master Trainer and Literacy Local Leaders courses were born!
PUTTING WRITING ON A PEDESTAL
Last year sections of the Education Enclave community collaborated to celebrate and give feedback to the writing of students across schools.
This is something that I would love to be able to foster again in 2023.
The grade 5/6 students at Woori Yallock PS have just completed a persuasive writing unit and would love to get feedback from other 5/6 students. Below is a link to a Google site that will allow their writing to be read.
The students and staff at WYPS are also happy to reciprocate to any other schools who would like feedback for their students.
If you’re interested in this project, ask your students if they would like to do something similar with their published writing. It would be amazing to get a community of students who are celebrating each other’s writing, as well as giving each other feedback.
Last year this proved to be both effective in giving students an authentic purpose and audience for their writing. This is something that can often be lacking.
STUDY GROUP FOR 2023
At this stage I’ve hit the pause button on my planned online Study Group.
I had intended to focus on Chapter 2 in Craig Barton’s ‘Reflect, Expect, Check, Explain. Sequences and Behaviour to Enable Mathematical Thinking in the Classroom’ (pages 133 – 305).
If some space opens up in my calendar, I will come back to this.
I’ve recently joined the world of Instagram to share resources, thinking and what’s going on in education. I would love for you to follow me @education_enclave.
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