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Reach out
Reach out
The issue of engagement “We will be working in groups for the next activity” …….. listen carefully as audible groans and sighs are heard all around the classroom.  What is this aversion to working in groups? It is one of the most highly sought after soft skill organisations are looking for these days as it is estimated that eight out of 10 people work in teams. The process of learning to cooperate with others begins very early in life – often it is a sandpit experience. A term I often use when asked what I do is that “I teach people how to play nicely in the sandpit”. In response to some student’s exasperation for having to be in a group, an experienced teacher will explain that students who participate in cooperative learning will acquire greater knowledge, improve problem solving skills and even build relationships with other students.
Marie Ball
Bright primary children need support
Bright primary children need support
Does GATE have a place in primary schools? When it comes to students who are gifted and talented in academics, finding a school that will challenge the student and foster their abilities is of the utmost importance.
Jacqui Burrage, Principal at Australian Christian College Darling Downs
Read read read
Read read read
Genrefication – Does it improve user engagement with Library collections? As a teacher librarian, I know and see the benefits of reading every day. It’s our number one priority (alongside digital and information literacy).
Madison Dearnaley, Library Aide, Good Shepherd Lutheran College
Government school funding down down
Government school funding down down
New report – More government funds for private schools Research by SOS questions the methodology for identifying how much funding is going to private schools and reveals that the amount of money for public schools is dropping.
With Trevor Cobbold
Generous scholarship available
Generous scholarship available
New Victorian Mid-Career Teachers Scholarship Public school teachers in Victoria who have been teaching for between five and 15 years can now apply for a new $10,000 scholarship.
Children
Children's books very white
More unicorns than non-white characters in kids’ books If you are a child from a non-white background you will be more likely to see a dinosaur or a fairy as a main character in the books that you read rather than someone that might look like you.
Education conversations at the Opera House
Education conversations at the Opera House
Sahlberg and Eddie Woo in conversation at the Opera House Two education stars, Eddie Woo of WooTube of maths teaching fame and Pasi Sahlberg the current deputy director of the Gonski Institute for Education will have a conversation at the Sydney Opera house which is sure to poke some educational holy cows.
Abseiling for foster kids
Abseiling for foster kids
Abseiling a CBD high-rise for foster kids Fostering is a safety net for kids in need and in recognition of that essential work Victorian high school students and teachers will abseil 27 floors down an iconic Melbourne CBD building in support of foster children.
Money for devices
Money for devices
UNICEF donates $100,000 to Victorian students affected by the bushfires Funds to purchase learning devices for children who have lost their homes through partnership with State Schools’ Relief.
Rockin all over the country
Rockin all over the country
RockFest a leg up for young musos It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll but here’s a big first step, RockFest looks to uncover budding rock musicians offering exposure, prizes and a memorable experience to participants.
Building knowledge of Aboriginal Culture
Building knowledge of Aboriginal Culture
Celebrating Aboriginal Culture and building curriculum skills with Aussie Bush Tales In line with the Australian Curriculum Cross-curricula focus: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Aussie Bush Tales enable students to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Literacy program is winning
Literacy program is winning
NZ writing programme makes literacy jump Write that Essay was first adapted in Queensland by two Brisbane schools in 2016 and has since increased the literary success of hundreds of school students across the state, gaining an average of 51 points in NAPLAN.
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