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"I can't find an elder to come & speak to my class" This is a fairly standard question from teachers as we move into the time some schools are thinking about how they will celebrate NAIDOC week. Let's think about why it might be "difficult" to find a guest speaker and how you might consider your standpoint in relation to this comment. 1) Are you attempting to find a guest speaker for NAIDOC from your already existing relationships (professionally & personally)? Or are you just looking for someone for the day? It will be much easier to find someone if... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
The third of our Easter holiday Indigenous education resource producer series - checkout Sharing Culture. Qld based, but Yolngu culture, this deadly family produce CD-Roms for literacy, art, language, culture learning. These look great - and are very reasonably priced too! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Play Letterbox As promised yesterday, here is another resource, though you don't need to buy this one. Letterbox was produced by Carbon Media, an Indigenous Australian media company. The Letterbox programme was televised on NITV and ABC3, and is targeted at primary school aged kids. You can play the games online. Unfortunately the games aren't leveled and many of them may be for higher level students (Michael & I had a bit of a hard time with alpha bubbles but rocked on word it out!). I suggest that teachers check out the words to make sure that learners can cope... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Am really conscious that I've spent too many of my last posts talking about me/us/ourwork. To rectify that imbalance, I'll spend the next few posts over this Easter school holiday break checking out other Indigenous Australian educational resource creators. Sisters Dreaming is a New South Wales based enterprise (but they sell online to all over the continent) focusing on literacy and numeracy activities (word bingo, alphabet cards, puzzles etc). You can find them at Fantastic for early childhood educators everywhere! I love their illustrations that were created by Cecily Wellington-Carpenter. I met the SistersDreaming mob at the WIPC:E Conference... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Here are a couple of things we created using the Easter is Deadly book. The first is a little craft easter gift for someone special. Annie made one for her friend Shanae. The second is a sponge painting of Jaragun's nest. We use enlarged photoccopies to add in Jaragun and some eggs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Can't get to Idinji Country to see Jaragun's Nest? Here are some photos for your to explore when thinking and teaching about Easter is Deadly. You can also grab the link to post it into your own blog/wiki. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
View Jaragun's Nest in a larger map Would like to embed this image into your classroom blog? Paste in the html code into your post, removing the beginning [ bracket and end ] bracket. [<iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src=",145.816641&spn=0.036336,0.077162&t=h&msid=104363737359281952450.0004828b0d4a39a3b8ffe&output=embed"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href=",145.816641&spn=0.036336,0.077162&t=h&msid=104363737359281952450.0004828b0d4a39a3b8ffe&source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">Jaragun's Nest</a> in a larger map</small>] Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Here is the "Too Deadly" poster for the Easter & Christmas books (and probably many of the books we'll publish in the future). It was actually quite difficult to create this poster, not because it is a feat of design wonder, but because I was confused about how to define "deadly". Deadly is all of the things in the poster - smart, knowing, solid, excellend, cool, great, fantastic. But its more than that. "Deadly" is an English language word that has been appropriated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in many parts of the continent. Many communities and individuals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
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Mar 15, 2010
Have just uploaded a timeline with 2010 dates for the Easter celebration for Easter is Deadly. You can use this one-page A4 sheet (either black & white or coloured). Don't forget - you can embed these documents into your own class wiki or blog using the code next to the slides on slideshare. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
New Events added for Feb/March - 24 February 2010 - Putsch by proppaNOW Aboriginal Artist's Collective Their first group exhibition outside of Queensland and as part of the Adelaide Festival, Putsch opened on February 24th 2010 at Tandanya Cultural Centre. 16 March 1995 - The High Court decides against Western Australia's constitutional challenge to the Commonwealth Native Title Act in Western Australia v Commonwealth [1995] The Native Title Tribunal provides a range of resources about Native Title Law, determinations and issues. 20 March 1969 - The Aboriginal Welfare Board abolished This website contains detailed history of Aboriginal affairs in New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Easter is Deadly & its on my lounge room floor! No that doesn't mean my floor is covered in chocolate. It mwans that our teacher books have arrived. Easter is deadly is designed for early childhood educators (including daycare & pre-schools) interested in embedding Indigenous perspectives into all aspects of their curriculum. I'll be uploading heaps of ideas and additional resources over the next few days as the books start shipping to schools all over Australia. If you haven't ordered yours, just grab an order form. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
If you're still a pre-service teacher and are unable to spend extra dollars getting the school fonts, you can download the Q-Cursive style (which is Queensland's official font) from the Education Queensland website. The font saved to my "fonts" on my computer. But since I use Google Docs right now (which has set fonts), I can tell if its usable in Microsoft Word. I created the above sentence in Q-Cursive Editor which is also available when you download the .zip file. Thanks EQ for this resource. I'm pretty sure not alot of pre-service teachers know about this one though. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
I went to my son's high school P and C meeting last night. I sat down and the first order of business was an acknowledgement of the traditional owners - first line underneath the date. A simple acknowledgement is not everything, but then its not nothing either. I shared this on facebook this morning and I realised, that it really is a relevant question to this blog and the goals of the blog - which is the supporting of teachers embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives into their curriculum. How will we know when its done? How... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Our new publication, Easter is deadly is almost ready to be shipped. Over the next few days we'll be uploading teaching ideas to help teachers use the book, including lesson plans and art/craft ideas. Watch this space folks! Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Retrieving Resources Ideally to retrieve resources from the site, the categories need to be clear & obvious for most users. Because we're still in the infancy in developing this space, I don't think these are clear. I'm thinking that the labels should indicate - 1) Key Learning Area (English, Studies of Society, Visual Arts) 2) Year level/Stage of Learning (Early, Middle, Senior) 3) Topic?? 4) Type of post (Lesson Plan, Links, etc) One of the problems is that many of the areas we look at go across multiple KLAs and stages. I'd love to get feedback as we refine the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
We have created a different type of worksheet for celebrating in the classroom. We think that no celebration or special day is complete without decorations. These to bunting worksheets (one triangle and one rectangle) give the students an opportunity to create both individually & as a class. There are 2 to choose from so far, with different shapes (triangle or rectangle); different patterns; and different spaces to create (some have the full bunting shape to colour, while others have only the trim). The patterns are also great for fine motor skill development. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
The Map of Aboriginal Australia was developed by Dr David Horton and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in 1994. I believe that AIATSIS and Dr Horton own the copyright for the map. You can purchase the map from many different stockists including Dreamtime Kullilla Art. However, if you want to use the map in your presentations and in particular, student presentations, you can download a jpeg or a pdf (these sites are external to Blacklines and may not have copyright permission to make the map available). Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Our new website - Welcome to our new website. We've still got a long way to go (some URL mapping is needed I think) and I'm hoping to add some deadly images to our the right of this post soon. Please bear with us while we work though this. We've... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at Blacklines
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at Blacklines
Google tells me if you post this link into your RSS Reader, then you'll be subscribed to our Indigenous Special Days Google Calendar. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
A new resource for teachers - A calendar of special days for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians. I've created it as a Google Calendar so everyone can access it. I'll be uploading a month at a time at this stage. Here is a run down of February events in the calendar (with some links). I've not included wikipedia links in this post.6 February 1976 - Pat O'Shane becomes first Aboriginal barrister in New South Wales. An image of Pat O'Shane with information about her early career. 8 February 1868 - Aboriginal Cricket Team leaves Sydney for England. An image... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Had a yarn with a deadly young Murri yesterday. He's worked in schools & is currently working in criminal justice. He was reminiscing about his time in schools in Logan. Too many of the schools & teachers thought that implementing Indigenous perspectives was to - add in some traditional sports on sports day or find a dance group for their "cultural day". But its more than that. Indigenous perspectives should be - everyDAY not specialDAY. Its ORDINARY not extraORDINARY. No? Don't agree? Have a yarn & maybe we can lend a hand. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
Blacklines Free Resources Great Moments In Blakistory Quiz 1 View more presentations from Leesa Watego. Using Sam Cook's Great Moment's In Blakistory Fact Sheets (see last post), I created a Quiz using PowerPoint. You need to have the Fact Sheets to answer the questions. I suggest that you create a folder and have the Quiz as a month-long project. The answers are at the back of the presentation. Maybe I should separate the questions & answers? What's a better format? Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at The Critical Classroom
008 saw the creation of Blak History Month in Australia. Ms Sam Cook from Kiss My Blak Arts declared it, create a poster and shared the idea and vision. Through social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, Australia's Blak History Month has slowly but steadily grown. The next few posts will feature some of these resources. The first resource is: Great Moments in Blakistory Fact Sheets (developed by Sam Cook) are downloadable free (there is 1 sheet for each day of the month for the past two years) [there is quite a bit of clicking involved here - download these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2009 at The Critical Classroom