Dear Parents and Friends,
At HTG we are very lucky to work with academic partners that improve teacher learning. One such academic is Dr Ann Downton. She is a professor at Monash University and specialises in Mathematics. She has visited our school several times this year to work with our teachers in Kindergarten - Year 2. Our very dedicated teachers implement great engaging tasks that challenge the students.
One thing we have changed this year is Launch, Struggle, Support and Extend. This means that in Mathematics we launch a task and get the children to think/struggle with it for around 10mins without teacher intervention, the students have an opportunity to work it out. After the ten minutes struggle time, the teachers support those that need it and extend those that need to be extended.
What we have found this year, is the struggle engages the children for longer and the children are able to use strategies to work out problems.
All the children are busy preparing and presenting speeches in class for our 2019 HTG Talks. Children will be selected to present speeches at our Celebration of Learning on Friday November 8 at 9.15am.
Kindergarten presented a fantastic assembly on Wednesday morning. They shared an information report about platypuses, an artwork about echidnas, sang about Australian animals and concluded with a song about how we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Congratulations to all our kindergarten students.