preparing for a new school year lower primary

And so it begins — a New School Year – #readilearn

Teachers around Australia are already thinking about how they will organise their classrooms to maximise learning when the new school year begins at the end of January. They are as excited as the children with hopes and expectations of a successful and enjoyable school year.

To ensure a rewarding year, it is important to begin with a clear idea of what you want to achieve and the steps that will contribute to success. It is useful to keep in mind that one of the most significant contributors to children’s learning is the classroom environment, especially the relationship with the teacher. A supportive classroom environment that welcomes students and their families is essential so that children have a sense both of belonging and ownership.

Rita Pierson makes this quite clear in her TED Talk Every kid needs a champion.

Here at readilearn, our focus is on supporting teachers with lessons that are ready for them to teach rather than on worksheets for children to complete. We recognise the beneficial role of discussions that involve both teachers and students sharing ideas. We also assist teachers to establish a welcoming and supportive classroom environment.

Establish a welcoming environment

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33 thoughts on “And so it begins — a New School Year – #readilearn

  1. Pingback: And so it begins — a New School Year – #readilearn — Norah Colvin | A Teacher's Reflections

  2. Patricia Tilton

    Powerful TedTalk! She is funny and serious. What a great educator.
    It’s hard to realize that you are just beginning a new school year in late January. I forget that we are in different hemispheres and on different schedules.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I’m pleased you enjoyed Rita’s talk, Patricia. I find it inspiring.
      Our school year follows the calendar year. Our tax year doesn’t.
      I think you might do things the other way, with tax at the end of the year. Is that right?


    1. Norah Post author

      I think if every teacher put those words in a place where they could be seen every day, it would make a difference to children the world over.
      It is one of my all-time favourites too, along with Ken Robinson’s. What a legacy they both left for educators. I wish they could have stayed longer though.

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