Throughout your child’s education, they will be required to write assessments to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the school year. This can be a very stressful time for students. Check out our top 10 tips that you can share with your child to set them up for success. 1. Keep a positive attitude throughout
Driven by the demands of the school curriculum, the need to get through each topic in a set period can often force us to rush students through content. In an ideal world, all students would be given as much time as they need to build understanding. Mastery learning is an educational philosophy discussed
In the last few days, our friend and educationalist Dan Meyer has once again inspired us with his recent post Collective effervescence is the cost of personalized learning. This term comes from the French sociologist Émile Durkheim, and refers to the fizz or buzz that is generated from the social experience of participation.
So, you've decided a makerspace might be something that your school could get behind. Great! Following are the steps to set up your school's very own innovation station. 1. Find your space Your first step to starting a maker at your school is to establish the right space. This might be in the library or somewhere where
The world is not what it used to be – and I don’t mean that in a negative sense. Technology is rapidly changing how we live our lives. We have phones and cars that talk to us, we can do the weekly shopping from the comfort of our lounges, we have fridges
Brendan Spillane asks how to bring artistry to your performance Whether you are leading, a school, a class or simply trying to lead a life of purpose and contribution - the fluid complexity of our times poses significant challenge. Setting yourself in balanced response to this challenge is critical because everything depends on how you
I see the inquiry process model as a fundamental tool for designing thinking to promote curiosity. Loretta Hackner-Rowland, St Peter's PS in Inglewood On Thursday last week Tom Barrett from Notosh presented his Designing Learning for Authentic Inquiry workshop as part of our 2015 Love Learning Roadshow. The workshop is designed to be an highly engaging
The Australian Industry Group recently released its report Progressing STEM Skills which identified the need to develop a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills strategy to keep up with the demands of a sector with a high job growth rate in Australia. A worrying finding from the report is that Australia is under-performing
I'm reading a great book at the moment - Quiet by Susan Cain. It is about the way society views introverts in a culture where being extroverted is often promoted as the ideal. It has really made me think about this with reference to education and the current move towards open plan or 'modern learning'
As a a former teacher and mother of two I understand the struggles that parents can go through when trying to support their child's learning. The way children are taught today is vastly different to how we were taught at school. Gone are the days of chalk boards and drills, replaced by iPads, IWBs (interactive whiteboards) and
As a working mother of two, I know that the first day back of school can be stressful for the whole family. For me its a day of mixed emotions, I'm immensely proud and excited about how they're progressing at school, but sad that they seem to be growing up so quickly. And the summer
Are you a busy parent? Did I hear a screaming "YES"? We get it. Between the school pick ups, activities, work, homework oh and the housework it's hard to find the time to get the kids to do fun activities with educational benefit. So I have put together some simple and short tips you can
...NAPLAN will continue to be paper-based for 2015. Moving NAPLAN into a computer-based, or ‘online’, environment brings many new opportunities for students and teachers that are often limited or not possible with paper-based tests. ACARA - NAP national assessment program. Key facts for parents > Why online assessment? The Australian Curriculum Assessment
Student Learning in Mathematics - SLIM Conference 2014 Hosted by Varsity College in Varsity Lakes, QLD, the SLIM Conference 2014 focuses on students learning in new and engaging ways through the use of 21st Century skills. Delegates from Upper Primary through to Senior Secondary will be inspired with a diverse and interactive workshop program where a
Dan Haesler unlocks the power of the blog Dan Haesler discusses how to enhance teaching and learning through blogs and discusses three key types: teachers' professional blogs, classroom blogs and individual student blogs. Dan tells us why and how to access this powerful tool and includes links to get you started. Dan Haesler will