This is the space where teachers and students from Mortlake College and Hawkesdale can share their ideas and resources for teaching and learning.

The theme for 2010 is "Staying Safe in the 21st Century"
Term 1:
Water safety - P-5 swimming in term 1 - 'kids teaching kids' in the primary school about safety at the pool and the beach
Fire safety - Guest speakers from CFA, junior CFA volunteers (Hawkesdale has a 9/10 CFA elective)
Laboratory safety - "How do scientists stay safe in the laboratory?"
Term 2:
Cyber safety - Ann Mirtschin at Hawkesdale has excellent resources for this unit
First Aid - Bandaging, introduction to CPR, role-play scenarios.
Term 3:
Farm safety - Guest speaker from Macarthur Community Health
Term 4:
Natural Disasters -

First Day of School 2010

An article by Sophia Russell listing 7 tips for the first day about getting to know students - http://middleschool.suite101.com/article.cfm/7_tips_for_the_first_day

On the first day of school parents get the homework instead of their children - "Tell us about your child in a million words or less......"
http://www.middleweb.com/MWLISTCONT/MSLmillionwords.html

Thirteen 'getting to know you' activities for the first day of school - http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson273.shtml

From Harry and Rosemary Wong at http://www.effectiveteaching.com/cart.php
""The seven things students want to know on the first day of school:

1.Am I in the right room?
2.Where am I supposed to sit?
3.What will I be doing this year?
4.How will I be graded? (here are some grading resources)
5.What are the rules in this classroom?
6.Will the teacher treat me as a human being?
7.Who is the teacher as a person? (here's an idea)""

For these questions discussed in more detail go to: http://teachers.net/gazette/AUG00/wong.html