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The Australian Curriculum – General Capabilities & Cross Curriculum Priorities

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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) was established n 2009, with the rationale to greater improve the quality, equity and transparency within the Australian education system. The Australian Curriculum outlines the expectations for what all Australian students should be taught, regardless of where they live or their background (ACARA, 2016).  The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside of school. Continue reading “The Australian Curriculum – General Capabilities & Cross Curriculum Priorities”

Web 2 Tools

Web 2.0 is about revolutionary new ways of creating, collaborating, editing and sharing user-generated content online.  It’s also about ease of use. There’s no need to download, and teachers and students can master many of these tools in minutes.  Technology has never been easier or more accessible to all. (Discovery Education)

There are many great Web 2 Tools available today to integrate into your teaching practices.   Web 2 tools are a great way for teachers to extend their teaching to outside the classroom, for example, ‘the flipped classroom’.  Here are just a few web 2 tools that I have found to extremely user-friendly  and useful.

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The Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom describes a reversal of traditional teaching where students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then class time is used to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge through strategies such as problem-solving, discussion or debates. (Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching).

The flipped classroom is an excellent pedagogical model, especially within textile technologies.  I believe that due to the nature of textiles providing students with the ability to view lectures demonstrating sewing techniques outside school hours and at their own pace will be beneficial to students.  As this will provide the students with more class time to utilise sewing machines and allowing  you to clarify any questions that they may have.

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The Creative Curriculum

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I hope to be a passionate educator who fosters inclusivity that is focused on improving student outcomes for all students, with a strong dedication to lifelong learning.  I am committed to developing a curriculum that students are excited to engage with.  Furthermore, I will strive to develop productive partnerships with students and colleagues.  

I encourage the development of internationalism and the concept of world citizenship – subscribing to the concepts of Ubuntu – you are, therefore, I am – a concept of all in it together, working together in partnership and Kaizen – continuous improvement – develop and encourage in students and my own professional practice. Continue reading “The Creative Curriculum”

3 Creative Teaching Strategies & 3 Creative Orientation Activities

images-7The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If something is not working, then it is broken and needs to be fixed.  Come up with something else that will work for your students.  Since teachers do not always have all of the answers.  If you are unable to find a solution to your problem, your coworkers are always there to assist and provide any necessary resources.  In addition, look at research and other teachers strategies to see what has worked for them.   Continue reading “3 Creative Teaching Strategies & 3 Creative Orientation Activities”

De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats

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De Bono’s 6 thinking hats continue to be central to many teaching philosophies.

The six thinking hats are different coloured hats that all represent a different thinking process. The hats have been used as a way to get students in the right mind space for the topic of the lesson.  For example, in a textile class one main methods of thinking is creativity.  Therefore, you could ask your students to put their ‘green thinking hat’ on.  By doing this you are encouraging your students to stop what they are doing and think about Bono’s 6 hats.

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Engaging Young People In Textiles

“For too long textiles has been pigeonholed as a subject dominated by older women.”

threadsA new era of textile enthusiasts could be inspired and encouraged through the incorporation of alternative sewing activities that capitalise on students interests…  Examples provided during lessons could inspire and engage students thus, draw them further into the dynamic subject of textiles. Continue reading “Engaging Young People In Textiles”

Sustainability

threepillars_architecturalsimpleSustainability is the ability to continue a defined behaviour indefinitely.  Whereas environmental sustainability is the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

Traceability is the ability to verify the history, location, or application of an item by means of documented recorded identification.  Therefore, traceability from seed to shop.  Is the ability to track and verify the history of the item. Continue reading “Sustainability”

Classroom Environments

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My textiles classroom will be an environment which stimulates learning, provokes intrigue, creativity, and development within students.  This will be achieved through colours such as green and yellows to stimulate creativity.  The walls of my classroom will be a place for students to showcase their work and ideas.   With the use of different mediums, I will hope to provoke and stimulate students curiosity through  touch and smell.  Encouraging them to engage in the subject matter.  Students will be encouraged to let their ideas evolve by displaying them on a board in the classroom.

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