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The Imagination Declaration: young Indigenous Australians want to be heard – but will we listen?

When you think of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kid, or in fact any kid, imagine what’s possible. Don’t define us through the lens of disadvantage […] Expect the best of us. – Excerpt from the Imagination Declaration, August 2019. A group of school students from across Australia have just shown what real leadership [...]

By |2019-09-02T12:00:26+10:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Ode to the poem: why memorising poetry still matters for human connection

Memorising poetry was once common in classrooms. But it has, for the most part, gone out of style. There are good reasons for this. Memorisation can clash with creativity and analytical thought. Rote learning can be seen as mindless, drone-like, something done without really thinking about why we’re doing it and what the thing we [...]

By |2019-08-26T13:51:06+10:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A detective steps into the Predators lair

In recognition of National Child Protection Week and National eSmart Week, youth wellbeing charity Generation Next is running a free webcast A detective steps into the predators lair disguised as a child with Internet Safe Education founder Brett Lee. This webcast contains important information about grooming and how to keep young people safer online. Generation Next [...]

By |2019-08-20T12:11:50+10:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here’s how you can help your kids have a strong relationship when they’re older

Among all the other demands of life, it's easy to forget that strong family bonds don't just happen. Hard work and planning go into families that even get along, to say nothing of being friends. With the right forethought and support, however, it's entirely possible to ensure that siblings are friends both as children and [...]

By |2019-08-19T12:13:18+10:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|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

Tree cover a ‘superfood’ for community mental health?

Increasing tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney and increasing the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space are among the New South Wales premier’s new priorities. Cities around Australia have similar goals. In our latest study, we asked if more of any green [...]

By |2019-07-29T14:43:15+10:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What working in a male prison taught me about mothering boys

Having your child end up in prison must be close to the ultimate fear for any parent. So it's natural that when the author of this article started running anger management groups with violent offenders in prison, she wanted to know how to help her sons avoid the same fate. Some of the things she [...]

By |2019-08-19T13:20:22+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

9 family routines to raise kind kids

With all the emphasis on academic performance now being placed on young people, it can be easy for emotional learning to fall by the wayside. We might, if prompted, agree that we want our kids (or students, or the kids we work with) to be kind, but how much action do we take to make [...]

By |2019-07-25T13:56:07+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Power of Vulnerability for Student Wellbeing

Adolescence is a period of immense physical and emotional vulnerability. For most of us vulnerability has negative connotations – we see it as a weakness and something we should try to avoid. Vulnerability is defined as being easily hurt, influenced or attacked, so it makes sense that we try to avoid it at all costs! [...]

By |2019-07-25T13:56:07+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments