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.
I couldn't find the clipart I wanted, so I've drawn my own. Starting to put together this resource now!
It's been a busy planning morning here. I'm drafting TWO picture book studies for this one - one for Year 2, 3 & 4 and one for Year 5 & 6.
The things you find! My folder of assignments from my arts degree has been a delight - my favourite was either the assignment with footnotes in Ancient Greek or the ethics assignment in the form of a Socratic dialogue #suchanerd
Enjoying an end of term treat at @shingleinn
I'm working at creating some smaller lessons from my big government units. This will be a lesson exploring democracy 😀
He's home sick with a cold, but fully engaged with this cool set of coding challenges we found at @twigs_toy_boutique This would be perfect in the classroom as a game, for exploring spatial mathematics or for students to use if you have limited technology but still want everyone engaged in coding
I just realised it's been a while since we had a chicken update. Mrs Henley and Chicken Lovely are now quite big and one is laying almost every day. They sprint towards me when they hear me coming down the stairs, even if I rarely have food . . . #chickenlife
A lot of my sneak peek posts are super pretty folding resources, but I spend a huge amount of time on the research and drafting! I actually love research, especially finding the fascinating stories which bring topics to life. #sneakpeek
Doing a little testing on a new interactive notebook resource design. I'm pretty happy with this!
It's been a loooong day . . . but I'll be back into it tomorrow
New blog post with some new ideas for teaching about Anzac Day. Follow the link in the profile to read more
Just starting something new!
I got a little work done this morning, but now I'm taking the test of the day off to sew an Emma Wiggle dress for my daughter 😁
A little sneak peek at some book activities I'm working on.
New resource - word wall cards and posters for Year 4 civics, exploring the diversity of groups in Australia. Follow the link in the profile to get yours