Thinking ahead to the new school year – Readilearn

As the school year in Australia comes to a close, teachers are busy preparing ways to say “Thank you” to their classroom aides and volunteers, organising gifts for their students (remember to add a 9 square Christmas puzzle), and gifts their students can make for their parents (a poem makes a great gift).

With all that going on, one would think it impossible for teachers to think ahead to the new school year, but they do; and are already making preparations to ensure the beginning of the year goes smoothly.

If students and teachers are fortunate enough to know to which class they will be allocated in the following year, things can be much easier.

One school made the transition from one year to the next more efficient than most with which I’d been involved.

The process of allocating children to new classes can be daunting

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16 thoughts on “Thinking ahead to the new school year – Readilearn

  1. prior..

    When I taught I was on the lookout too! Your book and notebook sounds perfect.
    My gifts to classes changed – like one 5th grade of 15 I gave them wooden spin tops – made by a man who made puppets and more – they were perfect for them.

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      1. prior..

        well the science would have ben nice – but it was a 5th grade art class -and so half of the kids painted theirs.

        and we also ended up talking about “stuff” – and how this guy passed on so much of his leftover stuff for others to use – and so it led to a bit of talk about possessions, sharing, passing stuff on – and even quality of workmanship (well made wooden toys) – but no science at all!

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        1. Norah Post author

          Sounds like lots of wonderful learning. The science would occur as soon as they start spinning the tops – whether they realise it or not; even the paint application and drying (I guess that’s more chemistry) and workmanship. Always something to learn. 🙂

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          1. prior..

            Oh I agree – I just noted that we did not “discuss” the science part – even though science did come up other days – and you are right – it is everywhere. Norah, you are such an Educator at heart – through and through…. 🙂

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  2. Patricia Tilton

    That’s right — you are down under and summer is here. Seems strange to have the summer break begin at the Christmas/Jewish holidays. Had never thought about it. So, when do you go back into the classroom? Have a very happy holiday and a great time off from teaching.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Patricia. Thank you for your comment. We must seem a bit topsy-turvy down here. Schools usually break from early-mid December until the end of January. Christmas and New Year festivities fill a good proportion of it. I’ve haven’t been in the classroom for a few years now but I will have time off from my job as research assistant, which will enable me a little more time for my blog and website, and perhaps a little time for relaxation. I’m looking forward to it. Thank you.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Not all, but many do. I always gave mine a book to read, and often a little notebook and pencil. I liked to promote literacy. I’d be on the look-out for bargains all year round!

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