How far do you go in bringing history home for today’s children?

This morning’s Sydney Morning Herald has raised quite a stir on social media this morning and I just spoke with Fiona Wyllie on ABC’s Statewide Drive program this afternoon about it. I’m not sure my brief conversation will be archived, so I thought I’d capture some thoughts there about it.  In a Sydney Morning Herald … Continue reading How far do you go in bringing history home for today’s children?

Getting ready for a big July: NAIDOC and Black History Month

Celebrating July with Coming of the Light, NAIDOC Week, Black History Month

July is a big month. We have three big celebrations coming up – Black History Month (1st – 31st) Coming of the Light are coming up (1st of July) NAIDOC Week (7th – 14th) If you’re new to teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledges, you could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. There … Continue reading Getting ready for a big July: NAIDOC and Black History Month

NAIDOC might be done for another year, but the party has just got started

July is a big month. There’s Zulai Wan (July One) or Coming of the Light for many Torres Strait Islander families and communities, then NAIDOC Week is a week later. The whole of the country gathers in their communities to celebrate achievements and recognise survival. But the celebration and activity doesn’t need to end there. There … Continue reading NAIDOC might be done for another year, but the party has just got started

After Dinner Hangout with Critical Classroom Episode 2 (04/06/2014)

Our second After Dinner Hangout with the Critical Classroom, yarning about WIPC:E and other ideas.  References mentioned during our session: WIPC:E 2014 Blak Wave Publication Black Is by Dr Chelsea Bond Sisters Inside Catholic Education at WIPC:E Facebook group Gawaa Miyay Celeste Liddle, the Ranting Black Feminist Deadly Awards Australian Blak History Month on Facebook and … Continue reading After Dinner Hangout with Critical Classroom Episode 2 (04/06/2014)

Identity and belonging

We recently created a new product, Celebrate with Mini-Bunting. In itself “bunting” is hardly an authentic cultural activity, nor is it going to set the world on fire in solving serious issues. But, we created the bunting as part of our personal celebrations for Black History Month, and NAIDOC. Creating these little fiddly pieces of … Continue reading Identity and belonging

Blak History Month 2012

It’s been pretty quiet here on The Critical Classroom front for July. We did get our first 2012 E-News finished and sent out*. But we’ve been pretty much consumed with getting the 2012 Blak History Month fact sheets completed.  You can download your own copies of 31 Great Moments in Blakhistory from the Blak History … Continue reading Blak History Month 2012

Blak History Month – Connect

In its second “official” year, Australia’s Blak History Month is steadily gathering momentum and is being helped along by social networking tools. There is – a Facebook group “I’ll be Celebrating Australia’s Blak History Month”. There are resource sheets available here. Go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62159984672 a Twitter hashtag “group” #austblakhistorymonth And importantly, there is a “buzz” … Continue reading Blak History Month – Connect