Saturday, 2 November 2013

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy & Practice :)

Trauma informed, trauma 
specific educational and 
practical approach that 
promotes health, well-being, 
and sustainable pathways of 
positive change for your 

Trauma informed, trauma specific educational and practical approach that promotes health, well-being, and sustainable pathways of positive change for your students.

What we know
Barwon Learning Centre played host to Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson who ran two school development days for staff, parents, caregivers and community members which focused on Intergenerational Trauma and Healing. From this Professional development, we know that some children grow up in safe environments and others experience trauma.

What works
Barwon Learning Centre has since adopted a more holistic approach to behaviour management than is commonly practiced within the education system.

Instead of a consequence-based approach that relies on punitive measures to coerce appropriate behaviour; at Barwon Learning Centre we identify inappropriate behaviour as being a symptom of a larger social discomfort felt by the student.

That being the case, Barwon Learning Centre recognises that there are more effective ways of engaging students who were not self-regulating appropriately, than punish them for their inability to behave as expected.

Instead of punishment, BLC promotes a repair model of behaviour adjustment. One of the most important aspects of this approach is providing an environment where students see good behaviour constantly modelled in front of them by their teachers, and where their efforts to do the same are acknowledged and rewarded with praise. When students are unable to adopt good behaviours they are not challenged in confrontational ways where detailed consequences can often escalate an easily diffused incident, to a traumatic episode.
The reparative model is underpinned by modalities of Indigenous healing promoted by the Healing Foundation, and of peer reviewed best practice of behaviour management, as documented in the Calmer Classroom initiative, commissioned by the Victorian Child Safety Commissioner. These approaches are reparative and restorative.
This philosophical point of departure from past practice forms the basis of a whole of school social skills teaching matrix, that distills all of these elements into a program called ‘educare' which has transformed the way in which negative behaviour is managed at Barwon Learning Centre.

To further develop and embed the concepts of Educare at Barwon Learning Centre we have developed six healing modalities that align within ‘We Al-li’ cultural tools for healing, because at Barwon Learning Centre we are able to recognise that our children and their families are in trauma. The strongest cultural tools have been found to be music, dance, art, theatre, body work and nature discovery.


This book introduces readers to a culturally safe and competent practical delivery in response to working with Developmental Trauma in children, within a complex trauma environment. You will begin to recognise the strengths of an educare model in working with children and their families and be able to respond with tools for healing childhood trauma within the educational setting. You will be encouraged to identify self-care as a practice essential to avoid vicarious trauma or burnout.

The aim of this book is to develop a trauma informed workforce with skills for trauma specific practice.

The objective of this book is to provide a practical approach for people within the educational setting with responsibility to provide culturally safe environments through culturally competent practice, for children experiencing developmental trauma, living within family/community environments experiencing generational complex trauma.

At the completion of this book you should be able to:
  •        Recognise the strengths of an Educare model in working with children and their families.
  •        Describe and respond with tools of healing childhood trauma from within a whole of curriculum framework.
  •        Use cultural tools for healing trauma with an understanding of a trauma specific focus.
  •        Show the links between the use of cultural tools in healing and our new curriculum of Creative Arts.
  •        Develop a classroom specific action plan in relation with a practical delivery of healing tools in response to the needs of children with trauma backgrounds.
  •        Identify self-care as an essential to lessen vicarious trauma or burnout in the workplace.

“I really like drumming because it makes me feel really calm. I can hit the drum hard and it makes me feel better”

“I really like dancing because I can feel the music inside me from my head to my toes”

“I really like art because I can draw what I feel. There isn’t any mistakes in art.” 

“I really like drama because I get to be different characters and act different to me. It is really fun.”

“I like body work because it makes me feel calm and safe”

“I really like nature discovery because I love going outside and learning new things.” 

Stay tuned for the english and math program reveal !!! 

Feel free to ask any questions, I'd be happy to answer! 


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Nominated for a Liebster Award!!! :)

Thank you Paula from Paula's Place for nominating me for a Liebster Award!! It has made my day :) 

The award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The meaning of the Liebster Award comes from a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. How lovely is that!! Building a blogging community is a wonderful way to connect with other teachers and bloggers and help spread the word about these new bloggers/blogs.  

To accept the nomination I must:

1. Link back to the blog that nominated me - Thank you so much Paula!
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers - see below list.
3. Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator- done see me answers below
4. Share 11 random facts about myself- done
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees- done
6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them- doing 

Introducing my nominees!!!

1. Tania @ Mrs. Poultney's Ponderings

2. Liz @ Kindergarten Blossoms

3. Lauren @ Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

4. Liz @ Bayside Math Teacher

5. Casey @ Lifelong Learning in prep

6. Alison @ Little leaps of Learning

7. Diana @ Learning out loud

8. Chantelle @ Little Learners

9. Emmy @ Daydreams with Miss D

10. Stephania @ Miss A's Class Ideas

Paula asked me to answer these questions

1. What are you reading at the moment? 
At the moment I am reading 'The book Thief'
2. What is your fav sport to watch?
My favourite sport to watch is the football
3. How long have you been teaching?
Still on my training wheels, 1 year soon! :)
4. Who do you aspire to be?
The best person I can be, and the best teacher I can be. 
5. The place that relaxes you?
The beach is always a relaxing place to be.
6. A piece of clothing you cannot do without is ....
Uggies!! Its getting so cold isn't it !! brrrr...
7. Your fav place to shop?
Uh Oh! Any book shop, stationary or technical device shop ;P
8. Something that you wish you had in your classroom?
A hammock to relax in whilst working over the weekend! hehe
9. A beauty product you cannot live without?
Lip Gloss!
10. What music are you listening to in your car?
ummm.. not too sure on that one!
11. Blogging makes me feel.......
Happy!! (:

Here are 11 random facts about myself

1. I love to keep fit and stay healthy!
2. I have two Tibetan Spaniel puppy dogs.
3. I have a younger sister, who I am very proud of!
4. I have a really big extended family
5. My partner is a personal trainer (we met in the gym) hehe
6. He is my biggest motivation in life :)
7. My favourite colour is pink!
8. I also love any bright colour!
9. Teaching is my passion
10. I teach and play piano
11. I am an organisational freak! (:

My 11 questions for my nominees are

(Ill try to make these easy ;) )

1. Happiest moment of your life?
2. Most amazing vacation?
3. Favourite classroom item?
4. Something you could not live without?
5. Favourite ice-cream?
6. Any hobbies?
7. Favourite unit to teach?
8. Proudest moment of your life?
9. Favourite colour?
10. Best present you have ever been given?
11. Blogging is....

Thankyou for making it all the way to the end!!

I hope you enjoy checking out some fellow nominees in your tracks, isn't that what blogging is all about :)

Kylie (:

Miss Smartiepants 

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Welcome to Room 205!

Welcome to Room 205! 

Where our future is so bright we have to wear our shades!

This semester our class is working on a new unit called 'Are we there yet?'- A journey around Australia. The COGs unit is based from the book Are we there yet written by Alison Lester. This post will be a tour around Room 205, with a link to some of the create resources that I had created especially for this unit.

This first picture is capturing the entrance to the classroom. On the left side on the floor is an ABC foam mat, two little green camp chairs, an owl backpack and an entry point to the camping tent, with some wall art and lights. 

This next picture is capturing the infamous Reading Wall- or classroom library! This is the place to go to find a really good book.

This is the cosy reading cave, inside the tent I have just put lots of bright coloured cushions and bean bags to snuggle up in when reading a good book.

This picture captures the other side of the tent, it also shows Mr Magical Snake, the hand-made campfire, picnic setting, bug catchers with bugs, literacy and numeracy fishing game and a fishing tackle box to keep all of the game supplies in. 

Would you like this Print out? I can make it available in my shop :)
This sign sits on the window - Watch out for the bears!! :)

This is the entrance to the classroom, it has a welcome sign, our bear tags with student names, and our classroom beliefs. 

 This picture captures what we love in room 205!

Here are just some more pictures of Room 205! Enjoy :)

 I hope you enjoyed the tour of Room 205! :) Kylie!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Fun & Successful Spelling!

First post for the new year!! I'm back with some fun and successful spelling games that cater to the three learning styles of our students: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic. When re-vamping my spelling program for the year I knew I had to come up with some fantastic new ways to make spelling fun and successful at the same time. These ideas are easy to make and very inexpensive for our classrooms! GET EXCITED.. Here we go...

1. Clever Clothespins- This activity is almost endless, you can have students matching letters, words, word families etc, using this very cheap resource in your classroom.

2. Sticker Sight words- This activity is so fun, who doesn't love stickers?? This activity gives students an idea of the shape of letters and of words (depending on the differentiation with students). This activity can be lots of fun for both kinaesthetic and visual learners, When they are finished they read the word to a friend, covering the auditory learners too!

3. Play Dough Alphabet Cutters- Everyone loves play dough! Even the big kiddies ;) This activity can be used to build spelling words, sight words, and different word families. So much fun!

4. Magical Magnets- Using a magnetic board, or smaller cookie sheets (depending on your purpose) students will have hours of fun manipulating the magnetic letters around to make their spelling words, sight words, word families etc. Make sure they are lovely bright colours for your visual learners too!

5. Coloured Popsicle Sticks!! - I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! There are SO many things that they can be used for. My favourite is writing sight words on one end and numbers 1-6 on the other end. Students roll the dice, pick out the corresponding number popsicle stick, if they read it correctly, they keep the sticks! YAY! So fun!! You can extend this from alphabet letters to sight words to sentences as their reading develops.


6. Play dough Stations- Play dough can be used for word work activities and letter formations. You can ask your students to use play dough alphabet cutters to work on words, but you can also make up letter/word sheets and have them laminated to reuse over and over. Students practice making the shapes of letters by manipulating the play dough.


7. Dice Words- Using these cute circle stickers your word work opportunities are endless!! You can create word families, particularly great for younger spellers. Students roll the dice and make the word, sound it out etc, record the word and tally their success !!

8. Ink Stamp Stations- This is my new pride and joy, and not too expensive either!! These alphabet stamp sets are great for students to stamp out their spelling words, sight words and word families! To make it fun students are given a strip of blank paper and make a sight word bracelet stamping their sight word or spelling word onto the piece of paper. Best part is for the whole day that the bracelet is worn, the student will reinforce the word. So much fun!!

9. Shaving Cream- Using a SEALABLE bag, put shaving cream inside the bag then students can practice their spelling words, sight words, word families, and letters.

10. Glue- Using sight word stencils students use glitter glue to make the letter shapes. You can also do word families, sentences and letters depending on the capabilities of your students. How fun!

11. These acrylic frames are perfect for using as dry erase boards. Because the frame is clear, you can insert any printable to work on, such as handwriting, sentence writing, word families and spelling. The opportunities are endless... best part.. it WIPES CLEAN!

12. Magic White Crayon- Students secretly write their spelling list, sight words, etc onto white paper with a white crayon. Students then paint over the white paper with watercolour paint. So fun and secretive ;)

I hope this list of fun and successful activities will get you started for some hands on learning and to support the three different learning styles within your classroom! Feel free to ask questions, and comment with your favourite, fun, successful activity to engage students in being successful in spelling!!!

Happy Teaching!!

Kylie :)