“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.”
–Attributed to Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

As I believe I have previously written, Thursday is my day where I get thrown around class to class according to where extra relief is needed. I may say thrown around, but I do enjoy the variety, and often it is a nice break from my own program, as I often am asked to teach from the classroom teacher’s own program. It is a nice way to end my week, usually, and today was no exception.

Today started out with plans for navigating around the final day of NAPLAN, with my original timetable modified as a result of NAPLAN, but actually working out quite well. I had one particular class today, and it was the first time that I had had them for a decent block of time. I had them for an hour with the laptops, and then again later on for another hour in the school computer lab, and it was absolutely fantastic. We were able to achieve so much, and when I showed the class the spreadsheet with the achievement dates in it at the start of the second session, and showed them how much we had achieved, the students got quite excited and were quite well focused for the second session as well. Being open with the assessment strategy in this case, helped with the engagement levels.

My afternoon session was great, I had a year one class who has been learning about the weather, the different seasons, the types of weather that occur in the seasons etc, and today’s lesson was to do with rain. We spent the afternoon creating blue sponge-paintings as backgrounds for the crayoned umbrellas.I have not, up until now, done a painting session with any class, so it was quite the experience, however I was able to avoid getting any point on my clothes, and only a small amount on my hands. It was, however, a lot of fun, and the students were able to explain a fair bit to me about the weather, which demonstrates that the knowledge and the concepts of weather and their relationship to the seasons has been absorbed and retained.

As always, thank you for reading, and have a great weekend. I’m heading home now to start creating some more videos for my program (which I will be doing all day Friday and Saturday).