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Engaging every learner

In a year 9 class where students are studying a text for English, a graduate teacher explores ways in which every student can participate in the learning. She is able to implement, and later reflect on a range of inclusive learning strategies, such as the use of more specific questioning, assigning specific roles to particular ...

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Interdisciplinarity for science & mathematics

The teacher explores in his class the question of, 'How can I act to improve human health?' The lesson concerns the application of science understanding to society, and in this way the teacher is able to draw in subjects such as history and humanities. The teacher emphasises that 'fertile questions' needs to be rich enough ...

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Authentic teaching techniques

The course being taught, Body in Question, is an interdisciplinary course that includes elements of biology, physics and the humanities. Because the school utilises team teaching, the teacher examines what the students have retained from the previous lesson with a different teacher. She manages her classroom through respect ...

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Leading science and mathematics at ASMS

The teacher provides the context of the school, discussing the use of contemporary teaching and learning spaces and ways of teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She discusses how the ASMS is able to use the 'fertile question' to teach English in an interdisciplinary science- and mathematics-based ...

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Early language intervention

A teacher assists two colleagues who are newer to the profession in assessing various aspects of their literacy program. In a review, they focus on the teaching of spelling and phonics, and the resources they use to support this. She leads an analysis of whether their spelling resources are comprehensive, current and appropriate, ...

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Guided professional learning

The teacher describes the contributive leadership model that is used in her school. The staff conduct action research and inquiry as part of their professional learning. They explore innovation and interdisciplinarity in a science and mathematics curriculum. Each staff member has a personal professional learning plan. During ...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

This lesson plan (PDF) examines the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art contained within the National Gallery of Australia collection. Links to artworks are provided to support students' critical analysis of the forms of each work of art and to understand the rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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Yulunga: ngor-go

A form of spin-ball was played among the lower Tully River people. The spinner was made out of a gourd of the Benincasa vacua. This game was played by women more often than men. It was known among the Mallanpara people of north Queensland as ngor-go, after the name of the gourd used. This activity comprises making and playing ...

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Yulunga: pirbu-pirbu

In north Queensland a cross-boomerang was made from the wood of the cluster fig tree (Ficus chretiodes). To the Mallanpara people of the Tully area it was known as pirbu-pirbu. This is an indoor activity using toy crossboomerangs made from a foam material. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed ...

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Yulunga: pirrha

The Lake Eyre women made small gypsum balls to spin. The game was played by several players at once. The player whose ball spun the longest was the winner. Sometimes two women competed against each other. In another form of the game two balls were spun in a large bowl (pirrha) and there was excitement when the balls collided. ...

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Yulunga: tha'an

The pushing game of tha’an, similar in nature to tug-of-war, was played by young and old men living on the upper reaches of the Batavia River and at McDonnell in north Queensland. The ‘fun’ of the activity consisted mainly in balancing the pushing pole against the side of the body for a few minutes and then letting it fall ...

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Yulunga: kolap

This object-throwing game was observed being played on Mer Island in the Torres Strait region in the nineteenth century. More recent versions have also been observed. A game based on throwing accuracy. Teams of one to two players throw objects, attempting to make them land on a target on the ground. The Yulunga: Traditional ...

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Yulunga: koolchee

This ball-throwing and hitting game was played by the Diyari people from near Lake Eyre in South Australia. The balls were called koolchee. The balls used were as round as possible and were usually about 8–10 centimetres in diameter. Gypsum, sandstone, mud, or almost any material that was easy to work was used to make the ...

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Yulunga: kungirruna

Various types of running and stepping games were played in many parts of Australia. This is a running and stepping activity in which players step on (or over) markers. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture ...

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Yulunga: kutturi

Small digging sticks were made for children in many parts of Australia. These were considered to be personal property and were usually well looked after. They were often used in play. In some areas the women would use digging sticks in play ‘fights’. This activity was reported from an unidentified place as a stick-practice ...

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Yulunga: kami kami

Turlurlu is the name of a traditional ball-rolling and hitting game observed being played by boys in the Great Sandy Desert of central Australia. A rough ball called a kamikami was cut from the thick root of the ngulyungu tree. Each player held a mukurru, or fighting stick, as a bat. The boys formed teams and each side ...

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Yulunga: kari-woppa

A wrestling game was played by the people in the Torrens area of South Australia. The contests were generally held on the meeting of groups from different areas. Players wrestled for a tuft of emu feathers called a kari-woppa. Komba burrong or kambong burrong (the game of ‘catching hold’) was the name of a similar game ...

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Yulunga: koabangan

A game called koabangan was a finding-object game observed being played in the early 1900s by the Kokominni boys of north Queensland. The object commonly used was a goanna claw, but other objects were also used. A player hides an object in a designated area and the other players attempt to find it. The Yulunga: Traditional ...

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Yulunga: koolchee koolchee

This ball-throwing and hitting game was played by the Diyari people from near Lake Eyre in South Australia. The balls were called koolchee. The aim of the activity is to roll a ball to hit a skittle. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding ...

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Yulunga: pulukwanti

The Aboriginal people played a variety of water games and a common activity was to dive into the water. These are activities associated with diving into the water. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture ...