WYP: Creating effective relationships with families

A question from LB in Brisbane: Do you have any tips or ideas on how best form and nurture ‘effective relationships’ with Indigenous students and their family? Thanks for your question LB. I can only speak from personal experience, but for me, the key to forming and nurturing effective relationships with Indigenous students and their … Continue reading WYP: Creating effective relationships with families

You have no customers in your Cafe? Do you blame them for not coming or do work harder to make your Cafe better?

This is the analogy that Ian Mackie from the Department of Education in Queensland raised today at the Dare to Lead’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference. His paper raised a number of questions: Can we continue to blame parents and communities who are unable to support our industrial education system? Is that the … Continue reading You have no customers in your Cafe? Do you blame them for not coming or do work harder to make your Cafe better?

Learning about the Other in Indigenous Studies

I was contacted by the Powerhouse Museum about a project for Indigenous Literacy Day this year, where students from Glebe Public School visited the Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey Exhibition. Students looked at the important role that women play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life. Further they were instructed to write and illustrate a personal narrative about a … Continue reading Learning about the Other in Indigenous Studies

"I can’t find an elder to come & speak to my class"

“I can’t find an elder to come & speak to my class” This is a fairly standard question from teachers as we move into the time some schools are thinking about how they will celebrate NAIDOC week. Let’s think about why it might be “difficult” to find a guest speaker and how you might consider … Continue reading "I can’t find an elder to come & speak to my class"