This summer Ms. Gleason and Ms. Kamis were awarded a grant from Fund for Teachers to travel halfway across the world to learn about the literacy practices and explore the culture of Australia. It was a life changing experience for both of them, and both Ms. Gleason and Ms. Kamis are starting the 2019 school year with a renewed energy for teaching and life!
They began by attending the English Literacy Conference in Melbourne, where they connected with other literacy teachers from across the globe. They picked up a number of strategies and ideas to bring back to Granby and share with their students. They also had an opportunity to experience an important part of aboriginal culture through a Welcome to Country ceremony.
The next part of their journey took them to the north in Queensland to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. This area is a World Heritage Site and offers much to be learned about indigenous folklore and global conservation. Ms. Gleason and Ms. Kamis had the opportunity to snorkel in the reef with marine biologists and to explore the rainforest with an experienced guide.
They ended their tour in Sydney, where they took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a Roald Dahl play at the world famous Sydney Opera House. They immersed themselves in the culture of the city- traveling to various towns by ferry and exploring. The visited iconic sights like Bondi Beach and the Taronga Zoo.
Both Ms. Gleason and Ms. Kamis are so excited to bring their new learning back to the students of Granby. They have big plans for their classrooms, Renzulli clusters and the greater Granby community. Please explore their Fund for Teachers’ passports to get a closer view of their individual learning!