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How to get kids talking about their school day

“How was your day at school?” “Fine.” Does this sound familiar? This is the dreaded response to a well-intentioned question that parents might ask. The robot-sounding response is what parents hear when their child limits the information they share with parents, or has stopped sharing information, about their school day. When parents hear “fine,” they [...]

By |2019-09-30T13:32:17+11:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Education|0 Comments

Who am I? Why am I here? Why children should be taught philosophy (beyond better test scores)

In a recent TED talk titled No Philosophy, No Humanity, author Roger Sutcliffe asked the audience whether a flagpole was a place. Around half the audience said yes, the other said no. He went on to describe the response a nine-year-old gave him to that question: to me a flagpole is not a place, but [...]

By |2019-10-04T09:55:38+11:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teachers’ expectations help students to work harder, but can also reduce enjoyment and confidence – new research

For many students, pressure and expectation are just another part of the school experience. There is pressure to perform certain tasks, conform to uniform standards and to achieve one’s full potential. Then there are the expectations – that students will do their homework, turn up on time, and perform to the best of their ability. [...]

By |2019-10-04T10:22:39+11:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Group punishment doesn’t fix behaviour – it just makes kids hate school

Classroom management is consistently seen as a source of stress for beginning teachers. It’s also one of the main reasons cited for teachers leaving the profession. So, it’s no surprise teachers try to use classroom management strategies that appear to be effective at changing problematic student behaviour. Group, or collective, punishment is one such approach. [...]

By |2019-08-05T16:50:36+11:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Education, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Victoria to ban mobile phones in all state primary and secondary schools

Education Minister James Merlino has announced a ban on mobile phone use in all Victorian public schools, effective from term one of 2020. The ban aims to counteract several effects of mobile phone use which schools have been struggling with. The most concerning is cyberbullying, which has been steadily increasing in Australian schools and in [...]

How to motivate kids to practice hard things

It's never been easier to seek out instant gratification and to stave off boredom almost indefinitely. So it's not surprising that many young people are struggling with the repetitive, often boring practice and study required to master skills and cement new knowledge. Anyone can be taught the value and the how-to of deliberate practice, however. [...]

‘For-now parents’ and ‘big feelings’: How Sesame Street talks about trauma

This longer read relates how Sesame Street is tackling tough issues that impact kids, such as foster care and family homelessness. Some are aware that the show has been starting to cover difficult real-world issues recently, but not many realise just how much research and consultation goes into making these topics kid-friendly while still conveying [...]

Children are our future, and the planet’s. Here’s how you can teach them to take care of it

As the global climate crisis accelerates, early childhood teachers and researchers are considering whether and how to approach the issue with children. Should we talk openly about the crisis and encourage children to change their daily practices? Or is there a risk that in doing so, we are inflicting anxiety on young minds, still in [...]

By |2019-05-27T11:18:00+11:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Year 11 and 12: some teen support tips for parents

When high-schoolers are completing their senior years, it can feel as if the whole family is doing Year 11 or Year 12, according to clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller. Parents have a vital role in helping their teens - and that includes helping them to manage their time, energy, and stress - and to get everything [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:37:45+11:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Education, Learning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

If we want students to feel safe at school, we can’t encourage teachers to spot potential extremists

In the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack, former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair told a global education forum extremism should be treated as a global problem like climate change. He said: there should be an international agreement to put teaching against extremism into education systems around the world. Following terrorist attacks, it’s understandable politicians [...]

By |2019-04-08T10:06:10+11:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments