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Australian students’ skills slip years behind other nations

Latest PISA test results indicate that Australian students are slipping back in Maths, according to this article from the Nine News desk.

The maths skills of Australian students have slid back at least a year compared to their international counterparts, a new report says.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found student performance has declined by […]

Australian students’ skills slip years behind other nations2019-12-04T07:51:12+11:00

Redesigning NAPLAN for the nation’s future needs

NAPLAN,  and indeed traditional institutionalised mass exam-testing more broadly, continues to come under scrutiny. In this Sydney Morning Herald article, Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffen proposes that a review of NAPLAN needs to go further than just changing the test.

The review of NAPLAN needs to do more than merely change testing.

It needs to steer assessment, teaching […]

Redesigning NAPLAN for the nation’s future needs2019-11-08T12:48:18+11:00

Fair-haired girls to the fore in ‘colour-coded’ school marketing

Very interesting Age article about school marketing – stereotypes seem to still be around

The blonde girls are in focus, studious kids are Asian and only white boys get a kick, a study of the images used in promotional material for Victorian schools has found.

Deakin University’s Trevor McCandless analysed the marketing materials in government, Catholic and […]

Fair-haired girls to the fore in ‘colour-coded’ school marketing2019-10-07T12:27:29+11:00

If you want to cut bullying in schools, look at the ‘invisible violence’ in our society

Bullying seems to be a perennial issue. The Conversation article urges us to look more broadly at it.

A new strategy to tackle bullying of children both inside and outside the school gates was recently released by the South Australian Department of Education.

It has adopted the national definition of bullying that directly links it to a […]

If you want to cut bullying in schools, look at the ‘invisible violence’ in our society2019-09-20T12:25:01+11:00

Chief Scientist says obsession with ATAR is leading students astray

The ATAR debate continues in today’s Age with former Monash University Chancellor and Australia’s Chief Scientist calling for students to follow their study interests over scores.

Australia’s Chief Scientist has attacked the national scoring system for university entry, arguing it discourages high school students from taking on difficult subjects for fear of getting a lower score.

Dr […]

Chief Scientist says obsession with ATAR is leading students astray2019-08-13T08:13:36+11:00

Building whole-school consensus and commitment

At any school building consensus and commitment is important; this article from Teacher Magazine looks at this crucial area.

At a school with high mobility of staff and students, building a whole-school culture of consensus, collaboration and commitment is crucial.

During her three years as principal at Batchelor Area School in the Northern Territory – a P-12 […]

Building whole-school consensus and commitment2019-07-30T13:46:52+11:00

Teacher resources: NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC week has become an increasingly significant week on the education calendar and Teacher Magazine has provided some resources.

It’s NAIDOC Week this week, and although the official week falls during Australian school holidays, plenty of schools across the country are geared up to celebrate in a variety of ways.

This year’s theme, Voice. Treaty. Truth., focuses […]

Teacher resources: NAIDOC Week2019-07-11T15:26:13+11:00

Teacher wellbeing: Practicing mindfulness

Mindfulness and wellbeing are becoming increasingly common conversations in our classrooms. This article from Teacher Magazine looks at practising mindfulness in the classroom.

Teachers who practice mindfulness in the classroom tend to be better organised, more attentive to students and better communicators, Associate Professor Craig Hassed says.

Hassed is a mindfulness expert and a Senior Lecturer in […]

Teacher wellbeing: Practicing mindfulness2019-06-13T10:13:13+11:00

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

Work in growth mindset is becoming more popular and well regarded in education circles. This InformEd article provides a great list of 25 ways to foster a growth mindset.

What if your true learning potential was unknown, even unknowable, at best? What if it were impossible to foresee what you could accomplish with a few years […]

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset2019-05-10T14:54:04+11:00

Teacher support reduces girls’ disengagement in high school

Girls’ engagement in school has long been a point of interest, particularly in the secondary context. This article from teachermagazine.com.au highlights the importance of the teacher-student relationship.

Research shows that students often become more disengaged in high school.

This is problematic because it means that students are also less likely to enjoy school, be less active participants […]

Teacher support reduces girls’ disengagement in high school2019-04-24T11:54:36+11:00

Adolescence can be awkward. Here’s how parents can help their child make and maintain good friendships

School friendships can be the foundation of a lifetime relationship. The Conversation article looks at how parents can help.

Secondary school can be a lonely place for adolescents who don’t have a best friend or a group of trusted friends. Young people will be more skilled in the art of making genuine friends (and keeping them) […]

Adolescence can be awkward. Here’s how parents can help their child make and maintain good friendships2019-04-10T08:33:21+11:00

Gonski Institute recommends scrapping NAPLAN

The National Catholic Education Newsletter’s latest edition has a thought-provoking article highlighting a call from the Gonski Institute to scrap NAPLAN.

A submission to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) review of NAPLAN by the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney recommends scrapping the current census approach to national testing and replacing it with sample […]

Gonski Institute recommends scrapping NAPLAN2019-03-28T14:55:06+11:00

Schools that Excel: Siena College

No detentions, no libraries, no problems for this girls’ school – front page article recently published by The Age:

A school that recently abolished its library has been recognised as one of The Age’s ‘Schools that Excel’, with Siena College principal Gaynor Robson-Garth attributing the success to constant innovation.

“We have always been open to trying new things and […]

Schools that Excel: Siena College2019-03-27T11:59:06+11:00

Trends shaping education

It’s always worth keeping up with current trends. This article from Teacher website does that:

The charity Education and Employers recently asked some 20 000 primary school children to draw their own future, and the opportunities children see for tomorrow are amazing. At the OECD, these drawings have inspired us to look at the future of […]

Trends shaping education2019-03-15T10:41:51+11:00

Student anxiety about schoolwork

It seems an age old concern, but this article from Teacher Magazine says research is showing that Aussie kids are more stressed about school work than ever.

Australian high school students experience higher levels of schoolwork-related anxiety than their OECD peers, according to a new report released by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

PISA Australia […]

Student anxiety about schoolwork2018-11-29T13:52:34+11:00

How to talk to your child about their school report

Reports will be out soon – the article from The Conversation provides some ideas around how to talk about it with your child.

It’s that time of year again when you receive your child’s school report. For some parents and carers, understanding what it means can be challenging. Some children will be happy and others may […]

How to talk to your child about their school report2018-11-21T08:39:46+11:00

‘A big ship to turn around’: The school that changed course

From Education Age, a good news story about Narre Warren South P-12 College – a school that turned itself around.

Three years ago, Narre Warren South P-12 College was not the school it is today.

It had failed to meet basic standards of learning and student wellbeing. As it wrestled with the challenges of teaching in one of […]

‘A big ship to turn around’: The school that changed course2018-11-06T08:43:37+11:00

A Parent’s Guide to Twitter

Social media can be confusing. One of the biggest platforms is Twitter – here’s a quick guide from Education.com with some handy do’s and don’ts.

Chances are your teen has a page on Facebook, the social-networking website with a massive following among users ages 9 to 99. And, chances are, if you’ve heard of Facebook, you’ve […]

A Parent’s Guide to Twitter2018-10-23T14:11:56+11:00

10 Ways Authentic Learning Is Disrupting Education

Authentic learning involves linking class-based learning to the ‘real world’. This article from InformEd explores how authentic learning is influencing education.

Authentic learning is a term used to describe instructional strategies that are designed to connect the subjects students are taught in school and university to the real world.

Authentic learning experiences help students understand the relevance […]

10 Ways Authentic Learning Is Disrupting Education2018-10-05T12:25:51+11:00

Here’s how to support quality teaching, with the evidence to back it

One of the big discussions in education is around quality of teaching and the focus on graduating excellent ready-to-go teachers out of degrees. The often neglected part of this discussion is the huge group of already-practicing professionals and development of quality in teaching. This Conversation article looks at just that.

Increasing the quality of teaching in […]

Here’s how to support quality teaching, with the evidence to back it2018-09-14T12:16:35+11:00

What is working in Indigenous education: new findings released

Indigenous education is always worth highlighting as so much needs to be done in that space. This article at Education HQ presents some key findings of research.

A team of academics from 10 universities have finished a two-year review into the state of Australia’s Indigenous education, and have released their findings.

The researchers looked at over 10,000 […]

What is working in Indigenous education: new findings released2018-09-02T09:46:34+11:00

Six things you should do when reading with your kids

We all know how important reading is. This article from The Conversation gives some pointers about how to read with our kids.

There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary adventures set in faraway places. Tales about how the dishwasher isn’t working. It doesn’t matter! Whether made […]

Six things you should do when reading with your kids2018-08-22T12:54:35+11:00

Is positive education another fad? Perhaps, but it’s supported by good research

Positive psychology is a term we’ve become more used to seeing in modern education. This article from The Conversation presents some of the underpinning research behind it.

Positive education is a spin-off from positive psychology. Prominent psychologists such as Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi were instrumental in its creation, initially in 2000.

Positive psychology employs a strength-based […]

Is positive education another fad? Perhaps, but it’s supported by good research2018-08-09T16:56:28+11:00

10 Important Learning Studies From 2017

From the Inform Ed website comes an interesting piece that lists 10 important studies from last year.

1. Learning styles probably don’t exist
The idea that there are different “learning styles” and that each learner should receive instruction in his or her preferred style of learning—be it visual, auditory, or tactile—has gained popularity in recent years. Despite […]

10 Important Learning Studies From 20172018-08-04T09:29:40+11:00

Why school kids need more exposure to the world of work

Many kids have part time jobs and this article from The Conversation argues that exposure to industry and the world of work is exactly what kids need.

All students need to experience the world of work, particularly work of the future, long before they leave school, according to a new report out today.

The latest Mitchell Institute […]

Why school kids need more exposure to the world of work2018-07-30T14:53:04+11:00