Exploring the world of student blogging

Talking blogging…this is an excellent student blogger site.  Visit the student blogs that are linked to the side bar on the right. Take time to explore them.

Then ask yourself….

 What impressed you? What would you like to learn to do?  What questions do you have?  

Oh… if you visit the ‘Getting started’ page, you might find answers to questions you have. Especially you Joseph!

I look forward to your comments.



5A…welcome to the world of blogging

Last week we spent class time setting up our individual blogs.  The classroom was abuzz with excitement and enthusiasm. For one or two of you, there was also a little frustration as you had to ‘problem solve’ some initial login problems.

So yes…working with technology can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time.

This week we will be exploring this question… ‘How do I create a great blog post?’

I look forward to your thoughts.


Digital footprints…what are they and why are they important?

I know for a fact that you have heard of the term ‘digital footprints’.

Do you really know what they are ?

Tomorrow we will view this segment from  Behind the News. You will be asked to leave a quality comment. I wonder why?

digital footprint

By the way …what is a quality comment? The information contained in the image below is courtesy of

http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com.au/…  another blog worth exploring if you have time to explore our Global blogging community.

Quality Comments

School’s out for rest of term

We have just been notified that there will be no school for students for the rest of this term.

Our camp preparation has been cut short so…

  • Please bring your medical forms with you on the morning of camp. We will collect them then.
  • You will not have to worry about writing and rehearsing your Eureka debate script.
  • I will let you know about arrangements regarding photo order forms  so ….watch this space.

Leave a comment if you have any further questions.

In the meantime enjoy your holiday!

Parent Information Evening…a back to the classroom experience.

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those parents who attended last Thursday’s information evening.  Hopefully it gave you a snapshot of what might constitute part of a normal school day for your child.

I was greeted on Friday morning by some very excited children who had been told by their mum or dad that they had earned them a ‘your-time’ sticker…an added bonus!

Others were equally excited or entertained by the fact that mum or dad were put to the test by the infamous ‘tablemaster’ challenge and ‘that tracking sheet’.

How did you manage your learning?

Dear Students,

For those students whose mum or dad attended the evening,, you had some ‘thinking hat’  reflection you had to gather from your parents.

And for you Tom… below is a direct link to the parent tracking sheet used on Thursday night.  Ironically I had to retrieve it from my recycle bin on my desktop.

Parent Work tracking

Welcome to 2011

Dear Parents,
This morning has signalled the start of a new school year… no more sleepy mornings, leisurely breakfasts and routine free days.
These will be replaced by the annoying  sound of a morning  alarm, preparation of  school lunches and hectic weekly routines.

Having said that, I would like to welcome you to our ‘Grade 6B learning community’ and our class blog. Regular visits to our class blog will enable you to keep in touch with what is happening in the classroom. It also serves as a communication tool between school and home in relation to important dates and forthcoming events.

Today the children were issued with their student diary. Each day it must be taken home and returned to school the next day.

Students have been set a weekly goal. Yes, I know that this is a very short week, so I have kept it simple.

 They have been asked to talk about their day and share with you the ‘Smart Learning Behaviour’ document that is pasted in their diary. Children should be able to discuss each point in some detail.

The document also appears on the sidebar of this blog under the title ” For You To Read” . Click on the document to enlarge it for easy reading.

National Young Leaders Day

National Young Leaders Day has become an annual event organised by the Halogen Organisation. This year it will take place in Melbourne on Friday 4th March. The overall aim of this day is to develop student leadership within our schools.

The objectives of the day are to:

•Inspire students to make a positive contribution to their school.
•Motivate students to be great leaders in their area of influence.
•Empower students with practical skills of balancing study, school commitments and social life as well as managing the stress in these areas.
•Promote the value of inspirational and positive role models as examples to others, by exposing students to a diverse range of leaders and their views on leadership.
•Educate students about the need to grow in knowledge and practical skills in the areas of excellence and leadership.
•Connect students with other students from other schools and develop long term support network.

This may be the kind of experience you would like to share with your child. More information regarding this event is available here.