Topic 4: Building positive relationships

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This topic aims to strengthen your understanding of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and apply this knowledge to build relationships and better address the learning needs of Indigenous students in urban, rural and remote communities.

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Interacting with others

We can position ourselves in ways that invite respect, curiosity and connection.
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School, home and community partnerships

School, home and community partnerships and how this applies to the classroom.
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Collaboration and reconciliation

A supportive classroom is one in which the values of reconciliation are lived every day.
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Readings

Suggested readings for Topic 4: Building positive relationships
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The National Apology

Activity: Read the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
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Developing strong relationships

Activity: Strategies for building stronger relationship with students and peers.
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Introduce your school community

Activity: Getting to know the children in your class and school involves getting to know the community.
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Relationship building activities

Activity: Explore relationships and relationship building.
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High expectations relationships

Activity: Reflect upon the kinds of relationships we want to develop with our students.
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Know your students

Activity: Group presentations on getting to know students.
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Reconciliation and young children

Activity: Explore reconciliation in early childhood practice
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Collaborative classrooms

Activity: Explore the Community of Inquiry approach to learning.
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Professional experience

Assessment: Gather evidence on your relationships when you are on professional experience.
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What is culturally responsive teaching?

Assessment: What does culturally responsive teaching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students involve?
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Topic review

A review of Topic 4: Building positive relationships.
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