So I've learnt a lot about myself as a learner over the last few weeks. And I've been reflecting on some of the best lessons I had at primary school. Here goes.
1. Prep: The Five Senses
Smith had us sit in a circle and everyone had a spoon. We got to taste
about ten different things - lemons and milo were the two that stand out
the most. It was probably the coolest lesson ever. (Also, she made us a
cubby made entirely from Sungold milk cartons, the white and blue ones.
No other class was as cool as us.)
2. Grade 2: Trains
Weeks decided that since we were learning about trains, we would have
our own train outside the classroom. We sat at a carriage (okay, a table
with four people) and did our work for the day.
3. Grade 3: Christian Studies
Tucker made us act out Bible stories a lot, and I remember one day she
asked a question along the lines of "How do miracles happen?" I replied
"Believe in God." She said "Not just believe, but trust in God." I've
never forgotten it, she was totally on to something there.
4. Grade 3: PE
Snook taught us bush dancing for an entire term. I'm a bush dancing
nut, totally adore it and never remember the steps. There will be
dancing in my classroom! and the Queensland Backstep!
5. Year 4: Reading
loved Miss Fiebiger, but I pretty much only remember her reading us
about 4 Roald Dahl books, and not much of anything else. Once she took
us out to the oval before the MPH was built and it was just a field with
lawn daisies. And she also had sunflower pants which were kinda cool. I
never understood her jelly bean obsession though.
6. Year 5: Robin Klein Author Study
Wundersitz had us study Robin Klein's work for an entire term. I was in
reading heaven, she was (and is) one of my favourite authors. The only
thing which really disappointed me was that we sent her letters and she
never wrote back. Or maybe Mr Wundersitz never sent them. But I kind of
hope he did.
7. Year 6: Maths
Mrs Jennings had us
design our ultimate holiday, no budget, we just had to add all the costs
and make lists. Adding and lists make me happy. And I have memories of
Jason singing "I want to be nice to the birds and bees, I want
recyclable cartons please" with references to what the birds & the
bees really meant. Though this has nothing to do with the lesson; I've
just never really got over it.
8. Year 7: Keyboarding
Uebergang was pretty much the most awesome teacher ever. Anyway, since
there was one computer for the whole class, we had a keyboard worksheet
and had to practice touch typing with this piece of paper every Tuesday
before lunch. I can hear it in my head now: "fff, jjj. ddd, kkk."
9. Year 7: Christian Studies
U. invited pastors from four churches to share about baptism and how it
is done in their tradition. We had to take notes, but even now I'm
highly impressed these guys took time out of their day to come and talk
10. Year 7: Design and Technology
- we had some special guests come in and teach us how to make kites out
of Just Jeans bags. It's probably the one and only time I got a kite to
fly. And one of the few times my D&T work was actually successful.