My closing reflection of EDFD459 has thrown me one last aha moment. That being, the definition of a 'successful student' has changed. The e-Space was not one of the learning spaces available to me as a child. Society of today and tomorrow is significantly driven by technology and so we are now concerned with a much broader scope of learning. Teachers are preparing … Continue reading Finding Space
A little blog piece to highlight a big notion. That being; the most valuable resource all teachers have is each other. My EDFD459 adventure is proof of this. Thank you to my brilliant eCoP for helping me grow.
Technology has impacted our world, and our learning spaces are changing because we are envisaging a new world citizen. We hope our students will learn the traditional skills of mathematics and literacy but more importantly we are valuing skills of critical thinking, perseverance, conscientiousness, collaboration, creativity and self-efficacy. These skills are integral to educational performance, to a student's future economic … Continue reading The Heart of Education
Presently, we know that no country in the world has reached complete gender equality. Iceland has the narrowest gender gap, but not even the country with the most equal rights pays women the same as men. The history of fighting for change teaches us that progress doesn’t come about in a vacuum. People need to make noise … Continue reading A Fair Fight
The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive. As the well being of girls and women improve, society in general is better off too. The simple chance for women to live a healthier and happier life should be enough of a reason for promoting girls education. Yet when you consider too, the ripple effect of benefit which comes from this … Continue reading How to boost an entire country’s GDP
Words, nothing but words, so simple and yet so powerful!
People often feel moved to write a poem. This is a brilliant creative activity using poetry. Thank you for the insight Judy Huf.
While recently trolling through Twitter, I came across a selection of blackout poems which were produced by some young students. Their work was incredible – creative and imaginative, expressive and beautiful.
I was instantly captivated by the idea and its application to an upcoming EDFD459 assignment on the refugee crisis since:
- Few resources are needed. (A page from a newspaper and a pencil or a black texta/marker would suffice.)
- It would be suitable for a wide age and ability range – from early readers to adults.
- It combines the voices of art and poetry as a vehicle for the narrative.
With my recent research on the refugee crisis foremost in my mind, I printed out a page of text from a novel I am currently reading, and began creating:
This is the message I would wish to portray to the refugee children: “Amongst the grief, the heart-ache, and the uncertainty…
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Mr Muhanned was a much loved teacher who worked for the Zaki Al-Arsuzi School in Syria before the war began. He taught the rich tradition of Arabic poetry as part of the national curriculum but wanted to start an extra curricula poetry club for his students to write and showcase their own poetry. Mr Muhanned is a teacher in all senses of … Continue reading Mr Muhanned’s Poetry Club
Most refugees travel light, they arrive at their final destinations with only a few necessities of life. When the choice is 'life or death' it is easier to place value on what is most important. World Vision suggests that the greatest needs of refugees are 'food, clothing, health assistance, shelter, and basic household and hygiene items. They need reliable supplies of clean water, … Continue reading What Matters Most
Construct a taxonomy that encapsulates your learning over the course of this unit. Think about the elements of your learning that have longevity and that will inform your practice over the coming months and year. No change, no learning. This model represents the elements of my learning which have longevity and which will inform my practice … Continue reading Taxonomy of Change
At home, most Syrians speak dialects of Levantine Arabic. South Syrian Arabic is mostly spoken in the cities of Damascus, Homs and Hama, and Tartous and North Syrian Arabic is mostly spoken in the region of Aleppo. Arabic is a Semitic language, and shares linguistic and phonological similarities with other Semitic languages such as Syriac, Aramaic and Hebrew. Modern Standard Arabic is the … Continue reading SPEAK