I blame it on The West Wing. Or The Famous Five. Or both . . .
Early in my learning journey, I developed a love of great books. I was the child with a spare book in every tidy-tray, often resisting the temptation to sneak a peek at the next chapter when I was supposed to be doing my work. Later on, when I became a teacher, introducing students to those great books was one of my favourite things to do.
The West Wing came later - thanks to my father telling me that I really should watch this new show! It sparked a deep interest in politics - an interest I gleefully followed through a university class and way too many hours watching Antony Green on election nights.
Galarious Goods is where I can bring these long lasting passions together with another - helping students to really understand the topics they’re learning about. I love creating educational resources with lots of options; different ways of approaching topics - whether it’s a novel study for a notable book or a mini-unit on the different levels of government in Australia.
And what does Galarious mean? Well it’s a word which belongs to my son, back when he was a toddler. He often combined words and then used them in the most unusual ways - galarious was his mix of good and hilarious and was most often used to describe his legs. “My legs are galarious, Mummy!”
Galarious Goods offers a wide range of teaching resources including
I'm Melina Dahms, the real life teacher behind Galarious Goods. After finishing high school, I attended the University of Queensland where I spent a lot of time in the Great Court, a lot of time in the library and a significant amount of time learning Ancient Greek while I got my Bachelor of Arts in History and Ancient History.
I followed that up with a Bachelor of Education from QUT before working my way into teaching through supply work and contracts into a permanent position. I’ve worked in both primary and secondary schools, worked with composite classes (the 5/7 split was the most interesting!), worked with gifted and talented classes, become a school ‘expert’ in computers, interactive whiteboards and reader’s and writer’s workshop and specialised in English and HASS.
Away from teaching, I’ve finally given in and followed in the family crafting footsteps - mostly through crochet and sewing. I love spending time with my family - especially when we escape to holidays on the Gold Coast.
Something I've been working on today. The updated Key Features of Australian Democracy Word Wall, Posters and Assessment tasks should be uploaded this weekend - it's been a joy to revisit these resources and make them even better!
I ended up making 15 posters (each in colour and black and white) for this Year 5 update. There will be a slight price increase when this is finished, but if you get it now at the lower price, you will be able to download all the new word wall cards and posters when I load the updated version! Follow the link in the profile to get yours now
I was thrilled to find a copy of this book in my local bookshop yesterday - it'd be great for some discussions about language in the classroom
It can be tempting to try to be like others, but being you is the best and easiest thing to be #instathought
I've been drawing my own illustrations for blog posts at the moment. Here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's #behindthescenes
Starting on the update to the Features of Australian Democracy word wall and posters. Here's a little sneak peek 😁
Updated resource - perfect for Year 5 classrooms in the lead up to elections! Follow the link in the profile to get yours!
Editing photos this morning. I'm looking forward to getting this update up today #behindthescenes
Time to outline a new book study . . .
I'm working with some primary sources today. This fabulous postcard is from the Museums Victoria collection
Who's your favourite? Anne Shirley and Hermione Granger will always be two of my favourites!
This is the most beautiful book - I highly recommend it for the classroom #bookrecommendations
Sometimes this isn't the easiest, but even the smallest amount of good energy can make a huge difference in someone's life 💙
My thoughts are with Townsville tonight as they deal with flooding and more rain. Big love to the teachers, their students and parents up there, with schools closed and nervous waiting 💙
ICYMI - in January I wrote a post about creating safe spaces in our classrooms where students can fail. Follow the link in the profile to read more