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Looking into practice
BEFORE SCREWING UP THAT
GREAT NEW IDEA AND THROWING
IT INTO THE TOO-HARD BASKET,
PRESS OUT THE WRINKLES AND
TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. YOU MIGHT
FIND IT S WORTH GIVING IT A GO,
SAYS KIARA CHIODI.
From farm to table
Your best ideas
might be in the
I work in a great team. We plan everything
together. We share ideas and go with what
we all feel is going to be the best way to
teach a unit, particularly to the little ones,
as we affectionately call our Year 1 stu-
Plan ning a unit is always a lot of fun.
Great ideas are thrown around and we all
get really excited about what lies ahead.
This term our unit is called, 'From Farm
to Table.' As a rich assessment task at
the end of the unit, the idea of making a
Slowmation popped into my head. I wanted
to try this procedure with the students after
experiencing it in the Monash University
Science Teaching and Learning profes-
sional development program, sponsored by
Melbourne's Catholic Education Office.
I hadn't attempted it earlier because I'd
put it into the too-hard basket. I wondered,
will the little ones be able to do this? Do I
have enough time? Will I be doing all the
work? Will it just be a waste of time? I also
thought, on the other hand, that maybe this
was the perfect opportunity to just give it a
go and to try something new.
I put the idea for ward, hesitantly, to my
'Mm m,' came their responses, but the
tone was definitely saying, 'No, I don't
I felt dejected. Maybe they were right.
After all, would Year 1 students be able to
make their own movies? And, more to the
point, did I want to put more pressure on
myself in this busy last term? So Slowmation
went back into the too-hard basket.
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