Adapting as an educator

Setting out to document Robin and Wren’s journey online as part of documenting and sharing how we home educate with anyone that wanted to know what we do and how we do it, was the purpose of this site.

Over the last few months, ramping Wren’s home education up and finding a new balance has made it difficult to keep this site up to date. The plan is to keep adding information here, tracking what we’ve done and how we’ve gone about doing it. It might be a longer between posts as we continue to find the new balance.

As a general update: We’ve been working through the curriculum to get a good blend to support Robin’s Year 2 work and Wren’s Year 1 work, this has involved pulling back in some area (parking Writing and Rhetoric and going back to First Language lessons) and pushing in others (getting Robin to read at a level that is challenging to him).IMG_2601

The learning outcomes for Year 2 will be up soon, and I’ll also add some of the motivational tricks we’ve used with Robin to get him through the work, especially on days he doesn’t want to.

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Stay Smart Online

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Image borrowed from esafety.gov.au

The Australian Government previously had a website for online safety education and resources for children, parents and teachers called CyberSmart.gov.au. It was a great resource that I was happy to point my own children towards and use as part of education.

Earlier this year The Government announced the creation of a new Children’ Cyber Safety Commissioner and it look like Alistair MacGibbon was out to set a mark early. However, CyberSmart.gov.au was decommissioned and its content collapsed into esafety.gov.au. It was horrible. Navigating the site was painful and felt like it was overmuch constructed by a policy maker and not someone passionate about cyber safety. This was evident when I set out to educate fellow parents and point them to easily accessible resources.

Recently I received their new Cyberzine (newsletter) and clicked through to see what had been updated on the site.

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esafety.gov.au Cyberzine

It looks like the site has been updated and access to the content is functioning well. Previously the site linked to poor text pages or got you into an endless loop trying to access content.

So if you are looking for self education for yourself and your family be sure to check out the new esafety.gov.au site.

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