I am sure I am not the only parent to mutter obscenities about remote learning this week. It is life and we need to get on with it, but there is no point in mincing words. IT SUCKS!!!!
It sucks for everyone – parents, teachers and most importantly kids. My jarjums are doing so well adjusting to this temporary style of learning but I can tell they miss their friends and the social aspects of school. I am just not as cool as their friends! We are trying to focus on the positives – like how Mr 6 has been able to focus on improving his handwriting and Mr 9 is increasing his ICT skills.
For me one of the positives has been the number of parents who have contacted to share how much both them and their child are enjoying using Wingaru Kids. Parents who are enjoying learning with their children because they have not had access to Aboriginal education before; parents who appreciate the change of pace that Wingaru Kids brings to home learning; parents who are happy that their child is able to access meaningful learning experiences in this trying time; and parents who love that their learner is so engaged.
For many, this is the first time they have seen Wingaru Kids in action and I love that people are reaching out. I don’t often get to hear what parents of school kids think about our resources so it has been lovely to receive the positive feedback about the hard work our team has put in to create the platform.
We don’t know how long remote learning will go for but I hope it is quick. Not only because my family are keen to get back to school but because often remote learning means that learning focuses on a narrow part of education and kids miss out on some of the meaningful experiences that are offered in a classroom. Aboriginal education is one of the areas that becomes less of a priority and while I understand why, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Wingaru Kids provides lessons that meet curriculum outcomes from all key learning areas and supports remote learning in a number of ways:
Individual accounts for every student that can be logged in from any device with a browser.
Complete lessons that simplify assigning work for teachers as well as making navigating work for students and parents.
Engaging lessons that provide a welcome change of pace for learners and parents
Real time mark-book means teachers can see student progress quickly and easily.
Activities to support literacy skills
A range of worksheets and resources that can be printed and included in resource packs being sent home or emailed to students
Self-guided - Informative videos contain all the information kids need to complete the activities.
If you are participating in the Heal Country Challenge, check out our sample plans to guide you on the lessons that will support you to complete the Challenge despite the disruption of remote learning.
Get in contact if we can help your school include Aboriginal education in your home learning plan. Our team can get you set up in just a few hours so that you are ready for your students to explore.
Happy NAIDOC week!
Lockdown in Sydney is certainly not the NAIDOC week I had planned but I am loving the celebrations of community and culture that I am seeing online and in the media. I hope you are getting to participate in some great events!
Speaking of great events have you seen our “Heal Country” Challenge yet? If not, you can read more about it here. The Challenge has gotten off to an amazing start and I am really excited about not only the number of teachers who have signed up for the Challenge but also the genuine commitment to learn and get comfortable with Aboriginal perspectives as an everyday part of education.
Our Challenge Team, and the amazing community of teachers who have signed, up are sharing some great ideas and approaches so make sure you are following along to get some great ideas for your planner. As promised, we have some sample planners that I have shared below. Our planners show how easy Aboriginal perspectives is using Wingaru Kids – we have so many options that support you with Aboriginal perspectives all year round.
The Challenge Team will be sharing their planners soon so keep an eye out for them.
If you are worried about stepping outside your comfort zone for the Challenge, don’t be! The Challenge team are here to support you. I have received lots of emails from teachers who are keen to participate but not sure where to start or if the Challenge is suitable for them.
The Challenge is suitable for every teacher – it is so flexible that you can participate if you have a fulltime class, are a casual teacher or if you are a specialist teacher. The idea is that you consider the focus areas and how you can incorporate them into your lessons. There is lots of room for creativity and thinking outside the box. If you are unsure, reach out – we really are very happy to help.
I have received lots of questions about resources – you can use any resources you like for the Challenge. There are lots of Aboriginal-led resources out there and many will be shared over the coming weeks. I encourage you to only use Aboriginal-led resources and here is why:
I would love to hear your plans for term 3, so share your planner, follow along with the Challenge and together we can make a shift towards a shared understanding of Aboriginal people, our communities and our culture.
ES1 Sample Planner - Download from link below
Stage 1 Sample Planner - Download from link below
Stage 2 Sample Planner - Download from link below
Stage 3 Sample Planner - Download from link below
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.