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Relief Matters An Update for Members- July 2016

Welcome to Relief Member's Update for July. It has been a weird month here in sunny Queensland! Like much of Australia, we have copped our share of winter storms. Our thoughts are with those who suffered damage. Our household joined the NBN and I must say, I was a little underwhelmed. The speed is not what I expected it to be. Fast but not lightning fast. I am not sure whether super-speed will make a positive difference to us, anyway. There has to come a time when we look at slowing the pace of living down just a little. Waiting seems to be an activity we won't tolerate. We need microwaves to cook our meals faster, we need instant access to our money and we need instant access to our internet services. I wonder how this "need-for-speed" impacts on our classrooms. Maybe we should be teaching the skill of "waiting". I hope you enjoy this month's update. Cheers. Bob

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Teaching Tip

A powerful reward is a phone call to mum/dad in front of the class. I have used this a lot. Whip out the phone, call in front of the student and the class. A 15 second conversation which goes something like this. “Hello Mr Brown. This is Bob Brandis. I’m sorry to interrupt but I just rang to say Bill is having a fabulous day and trying his hardest at his school work. Thanks for your support at home. Have a nice day!”

Honestly, every mouth drops in the class and Mr Brown is probably receiving CPR at work. I have even left the same message on answering machines. You can imagine the student rushing to get home and wait for Mum/Dad to arrive so they can get the message.

The impact on the class is immediate.