Articles covering the science, theory, ideas and methods of teaching and learning.
Lessons rarely go as planned. How we imagine their delivery, student reaction, and the gift of knowledge we leave as the bell rings out, is a warm and delightful fiction. Problem-solving and reasoning (PSR) lessons are no exception. Putting together a multi-part activity combining
Problem-solving and reasoning (PSR) can be daunting when you’re teaching it for the first or hundredth time. Teaching PSR is an art, and like any art, there are solid foundation of principles you can follow and expand upon as your confidence grows. Here’s how
Setting clear lesson goals Setting goals is how you guide yourself down your intended path. Having objectives in mind provides a way to align your actions in service of those big-picture targets. Sure, you can keep things moving day-to-day without a long-term strategy.
When non-educators hear the phrase ‘student-led conference’ they probably see scenes of chaos dancing around in their heads. Then the questions start: How could students effectively lead comprehensive and impactful conferences? Wouldn’t they only tell their parents about the good stuff? Surely these
Why it's important to celebrate student success We all have fond memories of our big classroom successes. These moments are etched into our memories forever. Sometimes, they even shape our career paths. They’re more than just feel-good moments, the right celebrations can propel
Ask any teacher what their classroom looked like ten years ago and they’ll take you on a trip down memory lane. Chalk boards instead of smart boards. Notepads instead of iPads. Computer rooms instead of desk computers. Despite these shifts, one thing remains
Structuring a science lesson for primary-age students is different from how you’d structure a spelling, reading or mathematics lesson. Science lessons need to be structured in a way that helps students think scientifically. We can encourage scientific thinking through a solid science lesson
STEM is the key to the future, and the future is in the hands of our children…which can put a lot of pressure on primary teachers to get their heads and minds across the S in STEM. Kirren, a primary teacher new to science,
Every Australian state has its own hourly science requirements for primary schools, but we know that on average, science is covered for around 1.7 hours per week. Outside of those 1.7 hours of instruction time, there’s time needed to: find or write lesson plans
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” - Woody Allen Lacking divine prescience, our long walk back to school is one shrouded in mystery. Armed with lesson plans, resources, opening lines and mentally prepared for a swarm of new
How to make gamification work in your classroom Over the past 39 years we've watched gamification take shape in our classes and lessons. It's a powerful teaching strategy when leveraged correctly - but how and where to start gamification can be confusing for
The average person can spell around 48,000 words. Roughly speaking, that’s one-tenth of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, half the amount of total words in The Hobbit, and about as long as that email you shouldn’t have sent that one time. Teaching students to memorise
You want your students to stop throwing a ball around the class. Is it better to let them keep the ball and give them detention, or take the ball away? Negative reinforcement is a classroom management strategy that focuses on removing (or negating) stimuli
The impact of Summer learning loss Want to understand Summer learning loss in a glance? Check out our Summer learning loss summary of the studies, stats and facts here. Summer learning loss plagues educators from year to year, seeing hard-fought lessons and work
Contextualised teaching and learning is the practice that answers the three most common student questions: ‘Why are we doing this?’ ‘When will I use this?’ ‘Is it in the exam?’ In other words – ‘why is this relevant to me?’ Defining relevancy