1:00-2:15 (75 minutes)
Text selection: are you cannon fodder? Assessment: are you value adding? Supporting writing: do you know how to help someone with Dyslexia? Differentiation: is this meaningful—or has the VCE swallowed up your ability to be flexible? Technology: does it drive you bonkers (in a good/bad way)? Reading: how do you read—how do your students read—how does the Australian Curriculum tell us to read? An interactive workshop that has radical education theory at its critically reflective heart. Jon Williams, Princes Hill Secondary College

Critical Thinking
Write down personal education/life philosophy – what drives you as a teacher? What are your BEST and WORST moment(s)

bell hooks
Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
Stephen Brookfield – Critical Thinking
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg 5 ½ minutes

Resources
Video Mash up Dyslexia test 37 symptoms definition
Australian Curriculum Outline
Australian Curriculum resources

Text Response
Look at visual timelines
Unpack the topic and write and introduction for ‘Romeo and Juliet’: The rivalry between the Montagues and Capulets was the main reason for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Discuss (see below for sample essay)
Video demonstrating unpacking 'On the Waterfront' topic

Language Analysis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61ea_ZkkOXc 2:30

Show this video to demonstrate the essentials that should be introduced in the middle years and how the teacher can incorporate technology into the classroom.


Writing Persuasively
Look at some of the articles below and write a 5-8 sentence letter to the editor
Issue: Adam Goodes
Francis Leach
http://www.francisleach.com/speaking-frankly-blog/2015/7/28/who-do-we-want-to-be-footys-fight-for-its-soul
Martin Flanagan
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/eagles-legend-chris-lewis-led-the-way-on-adam-goodes-race-issue-20150730-ginzp6.html
(war dance) http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/adam-goodes-war-dance-must-provoke-conversation-not-confrontation-20150604-ghgkjz
SEN 1116 (Rebecca WIson – Daily Telegraph and Dermott Brereton) 15:30
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/dermott-brereton-and-rebecca-wilson-have-huge-fight-over-adam-goodes-on-melbourne-radio-station-sen/story-fni5ezdm-1227460701660
Sydney Morning Herald letters to the editor
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-letters/adam-goodes-booing-shows-that-tolerance-is-not-good-enough-20150731-gioo03.html
Leunig (The Age) cartoon and The Age letters to the editor
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-letters/racism-the-clash-of-ideas-that-australia-has-to-have-20150730-ginzcy.html
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-letters/racism-at-key-junction-on-the-path-to-reconciliation-20150731-giowz6.html
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-letters/adam-goodes-disgusting-sledging-is-blatant-racism-20150729-gin2rr.html
Petty (The Age) cartoon
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-letters

2pm! Daniel Siegel – The Teenage Brain – 14 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLULtUPyhog


1. The rivalry between the Montagues and Capulets was the main reason for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths. Discuss
The tension between the Montagues and Capulets is one of the fiercest known rivalries in literature. From this intense hatred many unforeseen consequences result from it, most notably the unfortunate deaths of the two madly in love youths, Romeo and Juliet. The bitterness between the two families is the prominent reason for their untimely demise but the rivalry was not the factor which killed them, rather it was aided by a few other elements which stemmed from the hatred. Throughout the play, the themes of fate, youth mentality and pride constantly reoccur. All of these themes combine with the rivalry to cause their doom. The constant encounters with the bad lucky which plagues the couple, the impulsive and often reckless actions of the youths and the much valued pride of the opposing parties ultimately lead to Romeo and Juliet’s doom. Although the main reason of their unfortunate deaths is the rivalry, without the contributing factors, the rivalry itself would not have had the power to end the star crossed lovers’ lives.
One of the factors which combine with the rivalry is fate. From the outset of the play, it is known that Romeo and Juliet will be affected by forces whom which they have no control over, as Shakespeare uses the term, “star-crossed lovers”. Firstly, fate is the force that brings them together in the first place. Romeo’s was reluctant to go to the ball due to his “love” for Rosaline but due to Mercutio’s persuasion he goes. Then this is where the goddess of fate “Dame Fortuna” steps in. Out of all the guests at the masquerade ball, Romeo lays eyes on Juliet and immediately falls in love. All the problems begin from here as they become addicted to each other. Clearly fate brought them together but then it is also a factor which contributes to their deaths. When fate combines with the rivalry, it causes the banishment of Romeo due to the confrontation between Tybalt, Mercutio and Romeo. In this instance, fate is a villain, by bringing them together at the worst time possible. It is not a mere coincidence that they meet Tybalt on a hot summer’s day on the streets of Verona but it was fate’s doing. Had the families not had the amount of resentment towards each other, this fated meeting would not have had such a violent end. The rivalry though was intense and the fated meeting between the rivals causes the death of Tybalt and Mercutio which sets into motion the series of events which ultimately ends the “star-crossed lovers” lives.
When the play is set, Romeo and Juliet are just two teenagers. Their age is another element which contributes with the avoidable deaths. Being teenagers, they have the feeling of empowerment, the feeling that they can do anything and that the world owes them. With this feeling comes impulsive thinking. The impulsive thinking of the couple is what makes them long for each other, even though they are from rival families. It is clear that their teenage minds were not well enough equipped to cope with love as their decisions which they made regarding love were impulsive. A prime example of this is Romeo and Juliet still wanting to continue the romance even though they know it’s wrong, as Romeo says “My life is my foes debt” while Juliet says “My only love sprung from my only hate”. A clear consequence of the continuation of the romance was the addition of wanting to see each other, up to the point where they were so blinded by love that they got married. With the marriage, a lot of dangers are created such as the measures in which both Romeo and Juliet undertake to sustain their relationship. When the mentality of the youths is combined with the rivalry, the couple starts to travel on the path which leads to their deaths. The scene which truly justifies this is the confrontation between the rivals Romeo, Tybalt and Mercutio. After Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, Romeo slays Tybalt out of pure anger and in doing so is banished. Had Romeo not been so young, he would have been able to have a greater control over his emotions and restrain himself from killing Tybalt, therefore meaning that the chain of events which would eventually claim the couple’s lives would never have been set in motion.
With the rivalry between the two families, some values are given a greater importance, none so than pride. Because of the rivalry, pride is valued greatly as each family wants to have the better image, to prove to the other family that they are better. Having something damage their pride would be like being stabbed by a sword, so each family places great importance on pride. Within the play, there are many scenes in which the importance of pride can be seen, such as the normally joker like Mercutio taking Tybalt’s challenge with Romeo very seriously and also when Tybalt gets offended when he is not allowed to confront Romeo at the masquerade ball. The moment thought which plays a massive role in deciding the ending of Romeo and Juliet, is Lord Capulet wanting Juliet to marry Paris, a man with a high social status and prestige being the Governor’s son. Back in Shakespeare’s times it was very important for females to be married off to a high ranking male. This made the female look good while more importantly making her family seem more influential. This is clearly Lord Capulet’s intention of wanting Juliet to marry Paris. The complication of the arranged marriage is further amplified with Juliet’s secret marriage to Romeo. As Romeo was from the rival family, the secret marriage would not have been considered by Juliet’s father due to the bitterness between the two families. As a result, Juliet cannot tell her father this and ultimately takes things into her own hands by consuming the potion in order to try and sustain the secret marriage, setting down the path for the star-crossed lovers tragic deaths.
Rivalries can be good-natured and just friendly competition but the rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues was the complete opposite. Consequently, the ferocity of the rivalry pushes the couple towards the path of death but not onto it. It is only when the contributing factors such as fate, youth mentality and pride combine with the rivalry that the young couple is pushed onto the path and to their deaths. In saying this though, had the rivalry not been there, the other factors also would not have been able to single-handedly cause their deaths. Therefore the intense nature of the rivalry between the two houses of Capulet and Montague was the main reason behind the two lovers untimely deaths, as without it, all the events leading to Romeo and Juliet’s deaths would not have happened.