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NAPLAN writing tests hinder creativity, so what could we use in their place?

NAPLAN tests have always been a controversial topic in education. This Conversation article asks what might we use in their place in order to emphasise creativity?

This week year three, five, seven and nine students will be undertaking NAPLAN testing. And while standardised testing might be relevant for some fields of study, NAPLAN promotes a narrow […]

NAPLAN writing tests hinder creativity, so what could we use in their place?2018-05-18T12:48:34+10:00

Schools turn to mindfulness to tackle student anxiety

Mindfulness is becoming a more commonly heard term in educational circles as educators realise its value. This article from Education Age looks at a school using mindfulness to tackle anxiety.

Instead of going straight into their next lesson after recess or lunch, students at a school in Sydney’s west spend up to half an hour on […]

Schools turn to mindfulness to tackle student anxiety2018-05-10T08:34:53+10:00

Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free

For those looking to get ahead of the game, or just to broaden their own knowledge, there are a range of international programs from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions available online for free. Check out this great list from InformEd:

Whether you are looking for a master’s degree program, computer science classes, a K-12 […]

Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free2018-05-01T13:35:29+10:00

Low attendance in Year 7 may mean you’re less likely to finish school

Good or bad attendance habits can form early and have far reaching consequences according to this article in the Conversation.

A study of more than 30,000 students has confirmed the link between improving school attendance rates in Year 7 and the likelihood of completing high school.

Conducted by the Smith Family, the research found around three-quarters of […]

Low attendance in Year 7 may mean you’re less likely to finish school2018-04-24T15:19:33+10:00

Your ATAR isn’t the only thing universities are looking at

What are universities looking for in secondary graduates? Turns out it isn’t just an ATAR score according to the Conversation.

Only a quarter of undergraduate university admissions for domestic students are made on the basis of an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), according to a new discussion paper from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute.

The paper highlights a […]

Your ATAR isn’t the only thing universities are looking at2018-04-13T15:51:40+10:00

Why suspending or expelling students often does more harm than good

A long time debate in education is around the value of suspension or expulsion. The Conversation article suggests it’s not the best strategy.

The number of students being suspended or expelled from Australian schools is “skyrocketing”, according to news reports. These note a 10% increase in suspensions over two years at NSW primary schools and that […]

Why suspending or expelling students often does more harm than good2018-04-05T12:23:53+10:00

How to escape education’s death valley

This week’s news article is an audio piece – a famous Ted talk delivered by Sir Ken Robinson.

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them.

In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” […]

How to escape education’s death valley2018-03-28T13:35:05+10:00

Hattie & His High Impact Strategies for Teachers

One area for discussion within education that is always relevant is that of what makes teaching effective, what things work. Internationally renowned educationalist John Hattie, offers us his thoughts in this Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching article, and it is very worthwhile reading them.

John Hattie synthesized over 500,000+ studies related to student achievement in […]

Hattie & His High Impact Strategies for Teachers2018-03-18T11:18:57+10:00

Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age

One of the things that is a growing area of focus in early education is how we might promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. This Conversation article looks at 5 things parents can do in this space.

Educators and researchers agree early literacy experiences are important for children’s cognitive and language development. For the past […]

Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age2018-03-13T12:18:33+10:00

ACER submission calls for students to be taught by ability not age

A point of discussion within educational circles is  around how classes are formed and divided. In the latest National Catholic Education Commission newsletter, ACER adds to the debate by calling for students to be taught by ability.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is calling for an overhaul of the way students are currently taught, […]

ACER submission calls for students to be taught by ability not age2018-03-05T13:28:56+10:00

Study habits for success: tips for students

As we are back full swing at school, it’s timely to remind ourselves of success habits. The Conversation presents some useful tips:

Right now, thousands of Australian school children and university students are taking a well-earned break from the classroom. Long breaks like this help us clear our minds, but they can also provide an opportunity […]

Study habits for success: tips for students2018-02-28T08:41:04+10:00

Three ways to help any kid be more creative

As we look to the future of Education, one of the constants is how to develop creativity in our children to help them better cope with the demands and creative solutions the future will bring. This article from ideas.ted.com puts forward three ways we might foster creativity.

The world’s problems demand bold, new solutions, so today’s […]

Three ways to help any kid be more creative2018-02-23T12:18:28+10:00

More children are starting school depressed and anxious – without help, it will only get worse

As children get settled into the 2018 school year, our thoughts turn to how they are coping. This article from The Conversation examines how we might address anxiety.

Starting school for the first time can be stressful. Children are suddenly thrown into a foreign environment, juggling the pressure of learning new academic skills and establishing relationships […]

More children are starting school depressed and anxious – without help, it will only get worse2018-02-14T08:46:33+10:00

Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads

Classroom design has come into vogue more so in the last 20-30 years. This article from The Conversation asks how important it is.

The past decade has seen a boom in the construction of trendy buildings with visually appealing interiors in schools and universities. Proponents highlight the potential of these flexible and technology-rich spaces, referred to […]

Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads2018-02-08T08:25:58+10:00

3 fears about screen time for kids — and why they’re not true

In the first of an exciting new feature at CSG News, we are excited to bring you the best video clips from around the world on relevant and  interesting education topics, curated for the CSG audience.

This video: Screen time for kids, it’s very topical. This fascinating Ted Talk by media expert SaraDeWitt examines screen time and […]

3 fears about screen time for kids — and why they’re not true2018-02-07T13:22:27+10:00

How to survive high school: Top tips for students

Back to school this week, so it’s timely that we look at some starting strategies given to us at the ABC site.

As an army of Australian kids make the transition from primary school to high school this week, social media star and study guru Jessica Holsman has one crucial piece of advice: relax.

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How to survive high school: Top tips for students2018-01-29T13:04:12+10:00

So you’ve got your ATAR, now what? Here are some options

Thousands of students across the country have received their ATAR … now what? Read this article from The Conversation to get a better idea of what’s next.

Over the last week, year 12 students around the country received their Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR). For many students, these results are accompanied by celebration and relief.

However, for […]

So you’ve got your ATAR, now what? Here are some options2017-12-20T12:34:29+10:00

This is what harmonious inclusion looks like: principal

Inclusion is one of the big issues in society and more specifically, in education. This article from Education HQ takes a look at a good news story around inclusion from a Queensland school.

Principal Michael Hornby has something big to show Australia.

With around 68 different cultures happily mingling under his school roof each day, the leader […]

This is what harmonious inclusion looks like: principal2017-12-07T20:42:17+10:00

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

A fixed mindset says that things are the way they are and can’t be changed. The opposite is a ‘Growth Mindset’, as pioneered by Carol Dweck, that says things can change and improve. Catholic education essentially has a growth mindset. Read more about how to promote it from this article from InformEd.

What if your true […]

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset2017-11-24T08:25:02+10:00

I didn’t get a great VCE score – but it hasn’t stopped me having a great life

An excellent article by Biffy James in yesterday’s Age reminds us that the ATAR score is not the beginning and end of our life story post-school.

I completed year 12 when the ATAR was still called an ENTER. If you ended up with a score much below the high 80s at my supposedly progressive private girls’ […]

I didn’t get a great VCE score – but it hasn’t stopped me having a great life2017-11-15T07:37:55+10:00

Why Standing Desks Should Be In Every Classroom

As we branch out further investigating the different ways in which education is delivered technologically, we may also consider more closely how we deliver it physically. This article from InformEd asks whether we need to start studying standing up.

When envisioning the classroom of the future, virtual reality and robotic teachers might come to mind. But […]

Why Standing Desks Should Be In Every Classroom2017-11-08T13:21:37+10:00

Indigenous students finish Year 12 in record numbers

In a great news story, the ABC reports that Dubbo Senior Secondary College has seen the largest group of  indigenous students finish Year 12.

A group of teenagers from the New South Wales central-west town of Dubbo has made history as the largest group of Aboriginal students ever to sit their Year 12 exams.

The 60 teenagers […]

Indigenous students finish Year 12 in record numbers2017-10-30T10:45:45+10:00

11 Traits That Unleash Innovative Thinking

The cultivation of innovative and critical thinking is at the cornerstone of education. This article from InformEd asks whats traits lead to this.

What is innovation, and how can it be cultivated? These are two of the questions being raised by researchers at the University of South Florida.

In a new issue of Technology and Innovation, Victor […]

11 Traits That Unleash Innovative Thinking2017-10-24T11:50:03+10:00

Schools urged to teach kids social skills

With the growing number of kids spending more time facing a smartphone screen than a person, it comes as no surprise that parents want schools to teach social skills as this article form Education HQ highlights.

A survey of more than 1800 parents, grandparents and guardians found more than two thirds believe schools should do more to teach […]

Schools urged to teach kids social skills2017-10-11T08:34:40+10:00

Are these the schools of the future?

As schools look to the future in terms of technology, some are also looking to alternate ways of providing educational opportunities as this article from CNN highlights.

Whether school years were socially awkward or the happiest days of your life, this time (hopefully) brings back lifelong memories and a tinge of nostalgia for the majority of […]

Are these the schools of the future?2017-10-02T08:39:38+10:00