Lesson Plan: 3D shapes & 8ways

This is a lesson on 3D shapes based on the 8ways pedagogies. I found that 8ways is easy to adapt in lesson planning!


Lesson Plan based on 8ways

Grade: 1

Topic: 3D shapes

LO: – Identifying and naming 3D objects in nature

       – Creating and labelling 3D shapes with sticks

      – Ability to connect curriculum, learning and nature

Intro: Giving each student a solid 3D shape and asking to share a story about their shape.

Teacher model:

Teacher name and label the parts of 3D shapes on the IWB.

Group work:

Students are asked to hunt for 3D shapes in the schoolyard and collect sticks to create their own 3D shapes and label the different parts (put the sticks together with blue tack).

Share time:

Students are to share what they’ve learned and comment on how the nature helped them to deepen their knowledge.


–       Teacher observation: identifying and naming 3D objects in nature

–       Student work: Creating and labelling 3D shapes with sticks

–       Student Reflections: Ability to connect curriculum, learning and nature

Teacher Resource:

8ways – How we learn – culture way

1. We connect through the stories we share.
2. We picture our pathways of knowledge.
3. We see, think, act, make and share without words.
4. We keep and share knowledge with art and objects.
5. We work with lessons from land and nature.
6. We put different ideas together and create new knowledge.
7. We work from wholes to parts, watching and then doing.
 8. We bring new knowledge home to help our mob.



Kakadu, a “Book of Universe”


Considering the points from “how we learn – culture way” in 8ways, Kakadu means a lot for Aboriginal people. It’s like the way western people value education. Today, no one can imagine a person not attending a school. I think that for Aboriginal people, places like Kakadu are important educational environments with value and they learn from. The rich and colourful land offers variety of learning opportunities such as observing, thinking and sharing without using words, “reading” stories from whole to parts and learning through watching the nature. A Turkish scholar, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, regards the Environment as “Book of the Universe” and holds a holistic approach to the nature rather than a materialistic. Every single detail in nature represents a feature of a book, like chapter, paragraphs, lines and punctuation. This is exactly how Aboriginal people approach knowledge in the Environment. Kakadu seems to be a “Book of Universe” for Aboriginal fellows.




8ways for Australian Teachers, only?


8ways has been established not only to help teachers understanding and teaching Indigenous students, but also to provide Australian teachers a unique inclusive pedagogy that assist them to implement the new Australian curriculum. Namely, one of the cross-curriculum priorities of ACARA is to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures to all learners (ACARA, 2011). Designing all lessons based on the 8ways will enable teachers to meet this particular requirements of the curriculum regardless the students’ backgrounds. However, when I read the article on 8ways, I was able to relate some of the pedagogies to my Turkish heritage. Thus, I believe that every single student will benefit in some way from 8ways, as learning through cultural stories, hands-on and visual activities are fundamental to student learning.


Apps in Education


Apps in Education

I’ve found a useful blog named “Apps in Education” with a list of apps for all Key Learning Areas.

I like the post with “10 Best Apps 4 Teachers and 12 Apps to Assist Students to Study”.

Have a go…

Individual Learning Space

Individual Learning Space

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eLearning Space

eLearning Space

An iPad is a teaching and learning tool like a pen or a book is. The key idea in using iPad or other technological devices in classroom is using purposefully. Purposefully implemented iPads involve not only the content and goal of what being is taught, but also student needs and interests. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences are well known and commonly used frameworks when teaching and learning with technologies. I believe that some students might still prefer working with pencil and paper, which should be taken in consideration instead of forcing young learners to use the latest technology. However, iPads or technologies might be much more beneficial for students with refugee backgrounds who might not have an experience with the latest technology and require more specific support. Therefore, teachers should carefully and purposefully use iPad’s in teaching and learning and consider students’ needs.

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice

A community of practice enables people with the same interest to share, discuss and develop their learning in real or virtual social contexts. Creative teachers have the power to transform any place, building or space into a Community of Practice. These learning spaces allow students to expand their communication skills, thinking skills and collaborative learning skills. Furthermore, Community of Practice should be places of mutual and meaningful engagement and support that respond to diverse learners personal context, learning styles, feelings, beliefs and attitudes (Falk, p.103). As a result, the community member as learner “encompasses the richness of experience, long-lasting memories and relationships” (Falk, 99).



PLN is our ‘personal learning network’ and comprises preferred people we learn with and from, some face-to-face and others online, around the globe. They serve to challenge our thinking, clarify our ideas and develop our personal learning by sharing, supporting, questioning, arguing and collaborating their point of views with us (EduTopia, 2009).



A blog is essentially a website or an on-line space that people or institutions can use to display and share their learning or personal information with audience from all over the world and receive feedback, comments or suggestions based on their posts.

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I’m a Pre-sevice Teacher in my final year and this is my first Blog that has been created as a part of my Assignment for ACU EDFD459 Learning Spaces.

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