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The impact of trauma to children’s learning experiences

Regardless of whether you teach in remote, rural, regional, or metropolitan schools, you can expect to come across a child in your classroom who has experienced trauma. Understanding the impact of trauma on learning capability may assist you to create trauma-sensitive learning environments. What is trauma? Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are stressful or traumatic events, [...]

Before you let your child quit music lessons, try these 5 things

The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows children are mostly likely to start studying music between the ages of nine and 11. Researchers in a 2009 UK study suggested the dramatic drop in music tuition after age 11 was linked to children starting high school. The study also revealed the main reasons for children ending music [...]

Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding. That’s why we use the whole language approach to teaching it

When I was younger, I decided to learn Greek. I learnt the letter-sound correspondences and could say the words – the sounds, that is. But although I could and still can decode these words, I can’t actually read Greek because I don’t know what the words mean. Being able to make the connection between the [...]

By |2019-11-25T14:19:07+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Children learn through play – it shouldn’t stop at preschool

The transition from preschool to school is a big deal for many children and parents. Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will take part in a transition program, designed by their teachers, to prepare them for school. They’ll meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom and hopefully make some new friends. [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:30:33+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Curious Kids: is it OK to listen to music while studying?

I am in year 11 and I like to listen to music when I am studying, but my dad says that my brain is spending only half of its time studying and the other half is distracted by listening. He says it is better to leave my phone out of my room and concentrate on [...]

By |2019-10-22T11:13:06+11:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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+10:00September 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+10:00September 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+10:00September 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+10:00August 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 [...]