Our Discovery professional development course on Go Back to Where You Came From saw another wonderful group of teachers come together for a full day of practicing visible thinking routines, planning and professional discussion.
The teachers in attendance enjoyed partaking in the different routines and classroom activities and left excited and energised about the new Area of Study: Discovery.
Below is a selection of activities from the day:
- The series promo establishes that the reverse migrant/refugee journey was very confronting for the participants. What gives you this impression?
- What do you see as the underlying purpose of the series?
- Why do you think it was planned to be as confronting and provocative an experience for these Australians as possible?
- In what ways do you think this series will challenge the participants’ assumptions and beliefs about refugees and asylum seekers?
- In what ways do you think this series will challenge your assumptions and beliefs about refugees and asylum seekers?
Understanding Routine: Generate/Sort/Connect/Elaborate
This routine will help you to organise your developing understanding of the concept of Discovery and represent this understanding visually through a concept map.
- Generate a list of ideas and initial thoughts that come to mind when you think about the ways in which Episode One of Go Back to Where You Came From relates to the concept of Discovery.
- Using a concept map, sort your ideas according to how central or tangential they are. Place central ideas near the centre and more tangential ideas toward the outside of the page.
- Connect your ideas by drawing connecting lines between ideas that have something in common. Explain and write in a short sentence how the ideas are connected.
- Elaborate on any of the ideas/thoughts about the concept of Discovery that you have written so far by adding new ideas that expand, extend, or add to your initial ideas.
You can read feedback from teachers who attended this course below:
What do you see as the main benefit(s) of attending this course?
If you were to recommend this course to other English teachers who are preparing to teach the prescribed poems of Robert Gray for the new Area of Study, what would you say?
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