This year I have commenced training to become a mathematics specialist teacher, specifically called an Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) teacher. Through this program there has been a requirement to engage in professional reading. One of the professional readings came from the Richard Skemp, Relational Understanding or Instrumental Understanding (1976). This reading struck me for a … Continue reading Relational Understanding or Instrumental Understanding
Extending mathematical understanding (EMU) is a mathematical intervention program utilised in a number of dioceses around Australia. The aim of the program is to accelerate student growth while diagnosing students' mathematical difficulties Gervasoni (2012). In the past five weeks I have been getting to know my stage two students for the year but also getting … Continue reading A new year, a new role.
2020 blogs are wrapping up for the year and oh what a journey it has been. When I think back to writing 3's a charm at the start of the year it feels like an absolute lifetime ago. In March Covid-19 rolled around and I reflected by writing A Letter From a Teacher as our … Continue reading Oh What a Year!
There's times throughout your teaching career that people show you resources or websites which really blow your mind. You vow that they are the resources that you'll use everyday. But eventually, in the business of everyday they often get left behind. Here are the resources that have assisted me in 2020. Into The Book This … Continue reading When you know better… you do better! 6 resources that have impacted on my teaching or classroom in 2020
Does the fear of someone watching you teach send chills down your spine? What about co-teaching beside someone that has much more expertise than you? Something that the St Luke's philosophy has always been founded on is a coaching model for teachers. This has meant that instructional coaches are employed with a smaller teaching load … Continue reading You want to watch me teach!? I’m not ready!
I count myself as very fortunate to live in Australia and be writing this blog post. As most of the world still suffers through the devastating effects of the corona virus, Australia seemingly has begun to come out the other side. With 7.82 million people effected and 432000 deaths, up 132000 since my last blog … Continue reading A post-covid education world
https://twitter.com/angelaryall02/status/1259443649516978177 Today, I returned to school with most of my students after what seems like an eternity. I retweeted this quote on twitter last week as a reminder to myself as a stepped back into what seemed like a media swirl of information overload and colleagues who were anxious and stressed about what could be … Continue reading Stepping Back Into the Unknown
Dear World, It seems strange to be writing this. Normally, on a Wednesday afternoon around this time I'd be getting home from marking books, attending a meeting or planning for the week ahead. Instead, I am writing this. The world seems kind of surreal at the moment. You switch on the television, radio or open … Continue reading A letter from a teacher
The first blogs for 2020 are here again! This is the 17th blog I've written as a member of the St Luke's community. There's always chatter in the staffroom leading up to blog week of what the topic of our latest blog is going to entail. As I scrolled through a few staff blogs, with … Continue reading 3’s a charm
A few people in the last few weeks have asked my about blogging at St Luke's. For some the idea is met with groans or a subtle hint that it is just another thing to add to the plate. But as I sit here in my empty classroom finishing up the end of 2019, I … Continue reading When you sit to reflect…