Where oh where…?

As our London leg of the Cyber Race draws to a close, the question on almost everyone’s lips is ‘Where to next?’.

Well, as you know, I can’t give too much away. It may give some of you an unfair advantage.
However, because I’m such a caring teacher, I can’t resist giving you a helping hand.
Hint#1…It will be handy if you could become fluent in a language other than English. If not, a language translator will come in very handy.

Hint#2… If you can learn where this image can be found, it might steer you in the right direction. Or am I being cruel and throwing you off the scent?

Where can you find me?

Where can you find me?

Food Glorious Food…

Sydney Leg Team Challenge

Food Glorious Food


For this challenge you need do the following preparation:

  • access the video in the ‘To Collect’ folder. This will provide you with the tune you need to learn. You will need to listen to this video a number of times
  • collect the word doc with the lyrics that match the video clip.

You will need to use both of these resources to assist you with your team rehearsal.

Remember…the group that records the most entertaining rendition of this song wins a tour voucher that can be ‘cashed in’ during any of the remaining Amazing Race legs.

I’m guessing that this might be the most challenging aspect of the competition so far.

I’d like you to EXPLAIN how your team PREPARED for this CHALLENGE.


About Me…

One of the pages on your blog will be titled About Me.

Here you will talk about you…your family, interests, your likes and dislikes and more.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? BUT…how do you share this information without giving away too many personal details about you? As you know, we have to keep in mind our digital footprint.

Below is a link that takes you to a web site that contains links to student blogs, that contain an about me page, that contains personal information. Hmmm…lots of contains. Am I trying to make a point?

Explore these. What ideas have you gathered for your page?

1 Capture

House rules and the technology process…

Today the Passive Energy House project came to an end…5,4,3,2,1…zero.

The pressure in the classroom was palpable.

We spent a great deal of class time discussing the technology process.

I’d like to know …Which of these images best explains the process your team  followed? Click on each image to enlarge it.


Boy Overboard…

Our class ‘read aloud’ text for this term is Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman. Many of you would be familiar with his humorous stories such as Misery Guts, Blabber Mouth and Worry Warts…lots of laughs!

So what about Boy Overboard?   This novel certainly contains some humour, that’s for sure. ( Judging from the quiet giggles from the audience. By the way, that’s you, 5A .)

However, you do not have to think too deeply to recognise that, in sharing the story of Jamal and Bibi ( the main characters), there is much more to tell. As we read, we make connections,. The stories become real.

Below is a link to a BTN segment ‘Afghanistan’.  This video deals with some sensitive issues and as such, you might like to involve mum or dad in this homework task .


I’d really value your response to these questions…

What ‘text to text’ or ‘text to world’ connections pop into your head as you watch this BTN segment? Would like swap places with  Bibi and Jamal?

What ‘big questions’ to you have?








Smart Learning…make it a habit.

Over the part two weeks you have been investigating your family’s immigration history…the where from, why, when and how.
I’d like you to reflect upon your success or otherwise on this task.
So tell me…
Which Habits of Mind have you mostly used to achieve some success on this task?
Can you tell me which habits and how they have helped you?

Digging deeper

5A….I have been extremely impressed with the enthusiasm you have displayed in the classroom for our Inquiry…’from all the lands on Earth we come.’

Take the time to read the comments posted if you haven’t already done so. It may assist your team in developing a question for you to research.

Tomorrow we will take the first baby steps to ‘delving deeper’ into our Inquiry.

 What ‘deep questions’ will your Inquiry group be investigating?

One more thing…what do you think this image represents?


Image courtesy of the Herald Sun

Image courtesy of the Herald Sun

‘…from all the lands on Earth we come.’

Welcome to our Inquiry Learning focus for Term 1.
As part of a homework task this week , you have been asked to delve into your  family’s immigration  history… to find out the when, from where, how, when and why.

I look forward to hearing the stories you will share in class tomorrow.

 I’d like to know…what have you learnt so far?

What would you like to investigate further?

“For those who come across the sea…”

Where In The World…?

In class we are investigating the history of immigration to Australia.

Next week we are going to ‘map’ the journey that some of your  past relatives may have taken ‘across the sea’ many years ago.

So…I need you to take on the role of detective and interview your mum, or dad, or both. Find out what you can about your family’s immigration history.   Happy hunting!!!

Oh…and leave a comment on this post to let me know what you discover.