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Resources for classroom teachers

This page features highly recommended professional resources available through Curriculum Press that support teaching practice. Please visit the Curriculum Press website at www.curriculumpress.edu.au for a full list of titles and to order online.

Reading and Viewing for Comprehension

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DVD-ROM
Publisher: Australian Children’s Television Foundation
RRP: $49.50
SCIS no: 1552743
ISBN: 0864212305
Years: 3–9

 

 

For today’s students the reading of written text is increasingly combined with the viewing of static and moving images. It has become a dynamic, relational experience.

Reading and Viewing for Comprehension supports teachers to scaffold students' learning in this new environment, through comprehension strategies that build students' confidence to read and their interest in reading. Through collaborative, fun activities students develop the skills of inferring, questioning, connecting, categorising, analysing, creating and synthesising information. Teachers may select one or two strategies within the suite, or use all activities as a unit of work.

The texts and images employed by the resource relate to well-known ACTF productions such as Round the Twist, My Place, Noah & Saskia, and Lockie Leonard.

Waabiny Time: Series 2

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DVD, 8 episodes x 2 discs
Publisher: Australian Children's Television Foundation
RRP: $49.95
SCIS no: 1545058
ISBN: 0864212224
Years: F–2

 

 

 

 

 

Waabiny Time is a children's variety program that celebrates Noongar Language in a community and family themed environment.

In this second series, the presenters continue to entertain young children, taking them on a colourful adventure with stories, songs, dance and craft activities. The series covers a range of themes and topics: storytelling, language learning, culture and identity, relationships with community, family and friends, the environment, country and place, animals, emotions, technologies, communication, growth and development, and humour.

The resource links to a broad array of curriculum areas for Years F–2: English (literacy, language, literature); the arts (dance, drama, media, music and visual arts), numeracy, critical and creative thinking, personal and social competence, ethical behaviour, intercultural understanding, science, geography, and technology.

Assessment Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom

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96 pp / epub ebook
Author: Darryn Kruse
Publisher: Education Services Australia
RRP: $39.95 print, $31.99 ebook
SCIS no: 1539697 print, SCIS no. 1547204 ebook
ISBN: 9781742005454 print, 9781742005461 ebook
Years: 5–9

 

 

 

 

In this new book, Darryn Kruse provides significant support for some of the key assessment practices that should be part of every teacher’s repertoire. Each of the six chapters highlights a specific phase of the inquiry process and five key assessment processes.

Available in print and digital format, Assessment Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom offers exciting ideas to:

  • stimulate teacher practice
  • address the need for variety in the classroom
  • provide multimodal approaches to learning
  • cater for learning differences
  • facilitate higher order thinking.

Darryn will present a national series of professional learning workshops this year in which he will identify and explore the specific phases on the inquiry process and key assessment strategies. Visit the Professional Learning page at www.curriculumpress.edu.au for details.

Text Complexity

Raising rigour in reading

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153 pp
Authors: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey & Diane Lapp
Publisher: International Reading Association
RRP: $47.00
SCIS no: 1555706
ISBN: 9780872074781
Years: F–12

 

 

 

 

Selecting appropriate reading material for students is hard. For decades, teachers have known that quality instruction requires a careful matching of materials to students. The goal is to select materials that are neither too difficult nor too easy for students – a phenomenon sometimes called the Goldilocks Rule.

To ensure that students learn to read increasingly complex texts, teachers have to understand what makes a text hard. Text Complexity focuses on the quantitative and qualitative factors of text complexity as well as the ways in which readers can be matched with texts and tasks. It also examines how close readings of complex texts scaffold students’ understanding and allows them to develop the skills necessary to read like a detective.
 

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Visit www.curriculumpress.edu.au for a full list of titles