Our aim for week one was to get our websites up and going in order for students to begin documenting evidence of their learning. It was also important to us that we emphasise the importance of collaboration during this journey by doing lots of team building projects, most of which integrated critical thinking skills.
Behind the scenes, we have welcomed Hayden back to Moreland Primary. Hayden is one of those teachers who seems like he could work effortlessly with anyone, regardless of their role in the school and I feel blessed to have someone so easy going, flexible and knowledgeable on the team.
We also met Chris for the first time. Chris comes from a high school background, but has found a connection with the PBL staff and students with his knowledge of technology and has some activities planned that really will redefine how our students use the tech available to them.
Natalie has also joined the PBL team from Monday to Wednesday each week. She brings a strong understanding of the senior students learning backgrounds and seems to have juggled her many jobs around the school without dropping any balls (bad PE teacher pun?) so far.
Also along for the ride is Simon. I've had the pleasure of working with Simon for many years and appreciate all that he has taught me, the many hours we've spent laughing during planning sessions and his friendship outside of school hours.
So, at the end of our first week, I would again like to acknowledge this hard working team. It can't be easy for any of them popping in as part time staff in the PBL area, but they have all gone above and beyond to make week one a roaring success.
Probably my personal highlight of the week was the excursion to the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee on Friday 15th. The activities planned by education staff were a terrific base to enlighten our students towards sewage waste in our community.
We listened to a story about the start of the Yarra river up in the mountains. As we progressed closer and closer towards the city, students emptied the contents of a container that held objects that all eventually contribute to the pollution of our famous river.