Term 4 is well under way and many of us are beginning to plan for next year – or fantasize about the Christmas holidays at least! As you begin to finalise your budgets and plan for the new year don’t forget to buy yourself a little something for Christmas. And what is the one thing all teachers need more of? Time.
Here is a list of 7 great time-saving resources under $70.
- Base Camp. This is definitely my new favourite resource and I have been thrilled to see small changes in my students as they learn the secrets of better study habits. $50 for the set.
- The Platform. This is another new resource that builds on the work with Base Camp to develop student writing skills via a temptation bundle. This can be used as a formative assessment tool or ongoing classwork task. $50
- The Year 9/10 Values task. This task provides students with an opportunity to identify their own values, and to explore the profiles and life experience timelines of famous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models. This can be used as a formal assessment task or as a group task for NAIDOC week celebrations. Many of us want to embed Aboriginal perspectives in a more authentic manner but run out of time or ideas. This one is done for you. $70
- The Patch system. These are available for hiragana, katakana, Kanji basic and Kanji extension 1. This system allows students to have more autonomy in their script learning and provides much needed progress indicators as students work through the graded levels. This system is also supported by Education Perfect lists.$50 each
- Sample teacher marking guidelines. The biggest time-saving resource we have is the student workbook resources that have detailed tasks, listening drills and google forms with answers. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far though then the sample marking guidelines are a steal. They provide you with the tasks and sample answers giving you loads of inspiration even if you aren’t using our textbook as your main resource. Lessons for when you are away are suddenly done! $50
- Speaking stations. The speaking stations game aims to maximise the time on task by placing the students in the driving seat. At all times both members are active either asking or answering the listed questions. The dice adds an element of luck so even the most talented student could be undone by unlucky dice throws. $50 http://www.mantenresources.com.au/teachers/blog/speaking-stations/
- Year 7/8 Japanese investment Expo. Students work through the reflection tasks that have them analyse details from a Japanese text, use hiragana and katakana tables to categorise export products and produce a bilingual video promoting their chosen agricultural industry using simple language and the scaffold provided. An optional extra would be to hold the “Expo” during a visit by Japanese students. $70
Good luck everyone with your 2020 preparations.