July 27, 2021

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Classroom management and remote learning tips

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well and coping with the new normal we seem to be facing of online learning. The last item in this newsletter might help make this a little more enjoyable for you and your students. In this newsletter we also have:

  • A blog article with ideas for when you eventually return to the classroom;
  • 2 new sets of book resources for Azaria and Not Cute;
  • A new poster to brighten your classroom or shared screen; and
  • Some tips for making remote teaching easier for you and fun for your students with our book activities and online games.
Blog - Fiddly Fingers For Fast Focus

With Learn From Play’s focus on gamifying education this article looks at a method for gaining student attention during a noisy game. With so many students set to return from lockdown shortly it could also be a nice refresh for your classroom and a simple, quiet way to gain class control.

Featured Book Resources

Shortlisted to win the 2021 CBCA Eve Pownall Award, this non-fiction picture book is about the Azaria Chamberlain Case.

Best read to older students in Years 5 or 6 the 5 activities we have designed include a timeline of the events eventually leading to the acquittal of Lindy Chamberlain, a comprehension about dingoes, instructions for drawing a dingo, sorting falsehoods from facts and learning about Uluru.

There is a video showing each of these activities and how you could utilise these with the students in your classroom.

Not Cute

Shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award 2021, Not Cute is a fun look at believing in yourself while being aware of how you should treat others.

We have made 6 activities for Kindergarten to Year 3 students including matching animals to their shape and name, instructions to draw a quokka, using adjectives and a find-a-word.

There is a video walkthrough of the activities and some other ideas you can do related to the story such as shadow puppets and reading other fables.

Motivate Your Class with a New Learn From Play Poster

The poster this fortnight is a quote from Harold Kushner an American rabbi who has authored 14 books primarily questioning human suffering following the death of his son from a premature ageing disease known as progeria.

Make remote learning fun with Learn From Play Games

If you are one of the thousands of teachers who is teaching remotely why not make your job easier by utilising our already prepared book activities. Read your students the book you have chosen, send them a copy of the sheet you want them to complete and then have your students play the related online memory, maze and puzzle games.

Students do not need a login to access these games so the whole class can play at once. Each class member could play the game of their choice multiple times and submit a screenshot of their best score to show you how well they did.

These games are perfect for teachers trying to teach in class and remotely simultaneously or for early finishes in class when you get back to your classroom. You will notice that there is a "Coming Soon" box on the games too. Let me know via email which game you think we should include such as a digital find-a-word.

As always if you have any questions, feedback or content suggestions for areas of the curriculum that you would like to see gamified send me an email. In the mean time, please help us grow our Learn From Play teaching community by sharing the site with your colleagues so everyone can benefit.

Rachel McCann

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