Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Introduction to History via Centra

I am not sure if it the end of term stress or I am not thinking clearly, however...

I am taking a brave leap forward and have decided to trial using Centra to deliver some professional learning!

If you are interested in participating in the maiden session, please send me an email and I will enrol you.


The professional learning will be an "Introduction to Australian Curriculum:History". Great for those who haven't attended any professional learning in Australian Curriculum: History. It will also be great for Centra novices like myself, just in case you haven't been on Centra before.
I have scheduled it for Tuesday the 13/8/13 at 3:30 PM and it will run for 90 minutes or less depending on technology and my facilitation. Remember, you will be the guinea  pigs!

Make sure that your school has enrolled in Centra and please be very patient with me as this will be my first attempt.

If the date happens to change due to unforeseen circumstances (such as commitments at my school), I will email you directly if you are enrolled.

Wish me luck!

Mr Stephen Powell 
TDS Coordinator 
Year 2/3 Level 3 Classroom Teacher 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

History Blog Update

I have just made a change to the blog so that finding the planning tools will be easier. At the top of the page you will see a 'Home' tab and an 'Australian Curriculum History Planning Tools" tab. If you click the planning tools tab you will be taken directly to the new page with the links. Then you can choose the planning tool you wish to use.

Each time you check in to the blog,  please scan through the links on the right hand side to see if there are any new links. I have recently added the The Woodlands Hub (English TDS), Science@Greenmount (Science TDS), York DHS (History TDS) and today Johnno's Science (Science TDS). When new links are added, you will not get an email if you have registered to follow by email. You will only get an email if a new post is added. 

To FOLLOW BY EMAIL,  you can submit your email address under the link list. This way you will receive an email to let you know of a new post.


Our next 'History Cafe' is on Wednesday the 7th of August, Term 3 - 3:30 - 5:00. 
We thank Wooroloo PS, Kalamunda PS, Quinns Beach PS, Chidlow PS and Sawyers Valley PS teacher for your attendance. We hope to see you again! Bring a friend! Tell them there is cake!
To find out more please register via the portal on the Institute of Professional Learning Website.

Our first 'Hike through History K-2/3' is on Thursday the 1st of August, Term 3. 
Places are limited. So be quick!
To find out more please register via the portal on the Institute of Professional Learning Website.

Happy History!


Mr Stephen Powell 
TDS Coordinator 
Year 2/3 Level 3 Classroom Teacher 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

History in Pre-Primary!

Recount of a Memory
The children listened to "Wilfred Gordon MacDonald Partridge" by Mem Fox. We discussed that their memories are their past. The children shared some of their memories and we talked about what a memory was. we discussed that they needed to be present for it to be one of their memories otherwise it was someone else's memory. For example, "I remember when I was born" is actually their parent's memory. Each child then individually recounted a memory and drew a picture to accompany their recount.
Timeline Activity
The children were involved in a number of activities that focused on when they were babies. This assessment piece of work required the children to draw themselves as a baby, now and an adult. They were asked to think about size, features, types of activities and then likes/interests at each particular stage. Some interesting perceptions of our adult world! Funny!
Time Tunnel
The children have been discussing things they like to do with their grandparents and have been reading books about grandparents. The children looked at books about homes, toys and buildings from the past and were engaged in a discussion about the past. They then crawled through the time tunnel to discover some objects from the past such as a record player and records, typewriter, old telephone, manual irons. They played with these objects and were given opportunities to pose questions and explore how they were used.

Photos of the 3 activities are below.
Thank you Carey Stewart for providing these wonderful samples. 
A reminder that our second History Cafe will be on Tuesday the 11th of June. We will be looking at Evidence in all years. If you wish to attend please email me as the registrations have closed. stephen.powell@education.wa.edu.au 

Have a great weekend!
Mr Stephen Powell 
TDS Coordinator Year 2/3 Level 3 Classroom Teacher