We are very blessed to have around 38% of our children from Indian homes in our area. This means that we are able to access cultural resources in local Indian food markets. A couple of times a year we love to have the mums (and grandmas!) come in and decorate the childrens' hands with henna tattoos. We usually coincide this with Diwali and/or the Holi festival, but if a school holiday is in the way we go ahead and have fun anyway. This year we even combined it with our school's Funky Feet day for Travelwise awareness. Some kids and one teacher (me) even decorated their feet. We also had our first dad volunteer this year. He was kept busy with spiderweb designs and batman logos on request.
This year I am working in a collaborative professional inquiry of 3 teachers. We are documenting our meetings on a shared google doc as well as documenting data and analysis in a large scrap book. At times it feels like we are repeating ourselves, doubling or trebling our workload as we are recording data in multiple places. On the other hand, the scrapbook in particular is helpful in focussing the data on our target students, rather than the class as a whole.
Already I am seeing changes in my practice that appear to be contributing to strong gains in reading, our gaol area. The biggest challenge now is to find ways to support a similar growth in reading for my newbies who have just arrived into a very different classroom environment than the initial children experienced.
Forever curious, always learning, deep thinking teacher. I am a Year 5 teacher this year and am enjoying the transition after 3 years with New Entrants.