Can you relate to the following?
- I really enjoy teaching upper primary students. They’re able to connect with topics and ideas with insight and maturity.
- I’m always pressed for time. I’m flat out with my school work and find it difficult to make time for myself and my family. I wish there was a way I could take some pressure off!
- I know the Australian Curriculum has some really important topics for upper primary students but they can be a bit ‘dry’ and boring to teach and learn.
- I want resources that meet my planning requirements but are fun and engaging for my students.
Hang on, help is here!
Well, I’m hearin’ ya! That was me! From the moment I started teaching the Australian National Curriculum, I knew there was a need for fun and engaging teaching resources for upper primary students. Some of the topics can be a bit dull (ok, VERY dull). Have you ever been teaching your Year 6 class about Henry Parkes, to have them all looking like they’re about to fall asleep!
I know I have! He’s not a particularly exciting character in Australia’s history but he is definitely worth knowing about. Teaching topics such as the Constitution and Separation of Powers can be confusing. Many of the resources available are bland and boring. By the end of your unit on Civics and Citizenship, you can hear the students groan at the sight of another worksheet.
My first goal is to ensure that you have a one-stop shop for age-appropriate, meaningful and curriculum aligned teaching resources. They should complement your instruction AND make those not so exciting topics interesting and enjoyable.
My other goal is to make your life easier so you can spend time doing the things you love rather than worrying about creating or finding teaching resources. I know what it’s like to spend your evenings creating activities and resources or brainstorming ways to teach a concept. Instead, you should really be spending time taking care of your family and yourself. I also know what it’s like to worry about not getting it all done and trying to find something that will help to ease the load. I’ve been there! Teaching is an incredibly demanding profession and the demands seem to be growing. So, if Aussie Star Resources can make life easier for Aussie teachers, then I’ve achieved one of my major goals as a Teacher-Author.
A Bit of Background on Me, Amy Price
I’ve been teaching since 2012 after a career in advertising. I’m Mum to two gorgeous kids who are 12 and 4, and I’ve taken a few years off to work as a full-time Mum. I really miss being in the classroom but I’m enjoying taking this time to create all the resources that would have made my life easier when I was teaching. I love that I can share them with other teachers to ease the load on their incredibly busy lives. Currently, I’m studying a Masters of Education and enjoy going to professional development focused on building teacher networks and opportunities for collaboration.
I have also worked with one of the universities in South Australia, as a liaison supporting teaching students while on their practicum placements. Not only do I get to connect with the next generation of teachers, but also their mentors, who are often incredibly hard working and inspiring – just like you!
I’m so glad you’ve found Aussie Star Resources! And I hope that you find helpful tools that not only make your teaching fun and engaging, but also ease your workload and help you find time for YOU!