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90-minute parent information session called ‘Aiding Understand’ was developed and produced. This session introduces to Made in the Image of God (MITIOG) program (the content and what is being taught) to parents who children are students in Year 8, whilst also aiding the parents understanding of core Catholic belief and theology that underpin the content of this program.
(Pendergast, D 2017, ‘Middle Year Education’ in DL Pendergast, K Main & NM Bahr (3rd Edition), Teaching Middle Year: Rethinking Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, pp. 3-20)
Digitally Annotated by Andrei Apostol
This theme showed the increasing importance of having a middle school philosophy (direction and purpose for practice, as well as evaluation) and specific pedagogy for the student in the middle years (a middle school philosophy will include directed and relevant curriculum). A point that was highlighted here was that middle school is the pedagogy and curriculum not just about the structure of a school.
The middle school reform (transition period for young people (year 6-9) moving from primary school to high school) is necessary due to unfamiliar structure, forming new relationships, different focus of learning (subject not student focused) and unique learning needs. Motivation and engagement are important as is tailoring the curriculum your students. Disengagement is a common theme. (This disengagement occurs substantially, and due to reasons specific to adolescence)
How can a home cook in the northern suburbs of Adelaide plan, prepare and serve nutritious and high-quality dinners at home whilst being food savvy, safe and hygienic in the kitchen?
In the northern suburbs of Adelaide there are 4643 one parent families. This contributes to the varying age of home cooks, as it might be children or youth cooking for each other, themselves or families. One parent families could have lower incomes than those of two parent families, meaning they may not be able to afford to feed their families. 66.8% of one parent families with dependent children had an income of less than $800 per week, while only 6.1% had an income of $1,400 or more per week. In contrast, 42.2% of couple families with dependent children had a weekly income of $1,400 or more. Along with this, youth and children may lack the time, the skills, techniques, knowledge and understanding of nutrition, hygiene and safety procedures, thus affecting the quality and nutritional levels of the meal. This is why learning to cook is important. Learning to cook gives a person the skills, techniques and knowledge to prepare dishes within the home kitchen. It is essentially a skill used for survival and over time a cook’s level of knowledge and skills will develop and their confidence will increase to enable the tackling of complex skills, techniques and production of more difficult meals.
Click below to read the full report that I wrote back in 2013 as part of Stage 2 Research Project B, this is the Project Outcome:
“Early testing of a child’s ability in literacy and numeracy can adversely affect a child’s social and cognitive development and their well-being”.