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Gifted students falling through the cracks

They’re the forgotten few, the 10% of kids that fall under the gifted heading, and they’re also falling through the cracks as policies for their identification are inconsistent, unreliable and lack accountability.
   Teachers and schools should be looking for indicators of gifted and talented children as soon as they enter the school system at kindergarten or pre-primary. Read More

 

21 Jun 2018 | NSW
Student smartphone use should be monitored not banned News Image

Bandwagons are a great thing and the latest is the anti-smartphones in schools one, but smartphones are an essential part of modern life and children should know how to use them appropriately. Read More

19 Jun 2018 | International
Close but here's a cigar anyway News Image

The value of reading material and then taking a quiz to promote memory is tried and true and recent research in the area supports the practice; making mistakes while learning improves memory for the right information. Read More

19 Jun 2018
Racism reason for indigenous underachievement? News Image

Pervasive, strong opinions about indigenous students and their inability to engage and learn effect their performance at all levels of education and in later life, still, a report to be presented to government says. Read More

19 Jun 2018 | USA
Specificity for better results News Image

High school students taught by a succession of teachers who specialised in teaching a subject instead of holding a general teaching degree consistently did better. Read More

19 Jun 2018 | USA
Flipgrid’s social learning catches Microsoft’s eye News Image

Flipgrid is a video based social platform aimed at school communities, think a snapchat/ whatsapp/ facebook mashup centred on classrooms. Microsoft has aquired the company and will provide it free to schools. Read More

19 Jun 2018
SA’s first driverless shuttle for public roads News Image

Flinders University in SA is giving us a taste of what is to come with the launch of the driverless electric shuttle which will start transporting members of the public around the Tonsley Innovation District. Read More

15 Jun 2018 | Melbourne
Children's reading and writing skills gone to the dogs News Image

Developing children’s reading ability is about confidence as much as smarts and having a gentle, non-judgmental audience to read to helps with building that confidence. Dogs do that very well. Read More

15 Jun 2018
Using social media for Assessment News Image

I sat in a taxi in Sydney last year, on my way to indulge in another large helping of steamed dumplings in my quest to try all of the top 8 dumpling restaurants Sydney has to offer (as voted by website Concrete Playground). Read More

15 Jun 2018 | Melbourne
Scholarships proposed to encourage men into teaching News Image

Look around the teaching staff of any school and one thing becomes apparent: a distinct lack of men. It’s nothing to be joked about, diversity in teaching staff has been identified as a way of diminishing gender roles. Read More

14 Jun 2018
Talking about cancer in the classroom News Image

Chances are that cancer in one form or another will touch most people’s lives and a new resource from the Cancer Council will help schools to support families, kids and staff when it strikes. Read More

14 Jun 2018 | International
Call for truce in reading wars News Image

It is odd to think of teaching children to read in terms of war but with the conflict between phonics and whole language approaches a war it has been, and a long one at that. Read More

14 Jun 2018
Year 7 bully to high school victim News Image

What goes around comes around, for some that is. If you bully, you’re more likely to continue to bully or receive a comeuppance, however the best strategy seems to be to stay clear of the entire thing. Read More