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How to engage primary students with STEM in the classroom - Ian Fairhurst - ABC Splash - On Wednesday 24 May at 4 pm (AEST) Splash will host a live chat with ICT integrator Ian Fairhurst.

How to engage primary students with STEM in the classroom - Ian Fairhurst - ABC Splash -

He will talk about the importance of STEM and will answer the questions you post during the event. In this article, Ian shares some of his ideas and classroom successes. Identifying and maximising student passion and creativity, and facilitating real world skills in learning activities is essential when teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to primary students. The focus has shifted away from lessons focused around learning “content” to a stronger emphasis on learning and applying scientific skills, design thinking, and digital and design technology production skills. Online publication for school educators. Research has identified teacher feedback as a significant influence on student achievement in the classroom (Hattie, 2008).

Online publication for school educators

In an effort to maximise academic growth, teachers have been encouraged to provide more feedback to their students. However, not all feedback is equal. If one of the goals of education is to create lifelong learners, how can teachers utilise feedback to promote this outcome? Lifelong learners are intrinsically motivated to build on their existing knowledge. How Society Kills Our Creativity – In A Breathtaking Award-Winning Short Film – Uplifted Life. NRW. The theme for #NRW2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.


National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey. You can now download the poster here. Designing for Learning in a Catholic School - Monitoring for Growth.

Assessment & Reporting — Eltham North Primary School. The Reading Benchmarking Data is collected in mid-November each year.

Assessment & Reporting — Eltham North Primary School

Our Reading Recovery Teacher completes the ‘running records’ for each student in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 against the required Benchmark texts. (Having one highly-trained person to administer the assessments ensures consistency of results). Cultures of Thinking REsources. How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant. Engagement is a crucial part of learning, but ensuring students are actively engaged is more complex than whether a student is paying attention or not.

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

As technology has made its way into the classroom many educators describe how attentive students are when on devices, but a quiet, outwardly behaved student is not the same thing as one that is truly engaged. The kind of engagement that leads to learning is three dimensional. Too often educators look at engagement as a “yes or no” question: students are either engaged or they’re not. “That is absolutely not an appropriate way to view it,” said John Almarode, associate professor at James Madison University and co-director of the school’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach. Cultural forces that define leadership… – What Ed Said. What if Ron Ritchhart’s cultural forces were applied to the concept of leadership?

Cultural forces that define leadership… – What Ed Said

How might a leader, in any context, ensure that he or she provides time, sets expectations, engages in interactions, uses language, models actions, creates an environment and ensures opportunities that empower the community to flourish? As a leader, irrespective of your context, what kind of culture do you create? 1. Expectations. Professionally Speaking - Great Teaching Archive. Originally published in the March 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Professionally Speaking - Great Teaching Archive

Helen Wolfe, OCT, introduces innovation and incites inspiration at a downtown Toronto school in a marginalized community. Read more → View Video → Originally published in the March 2017 issue of Pour parler profession. If you’re looking for Linda Carrière, OCT, you’re bound to find her on the basketball court, in the midst of her players. Read more → View Video → Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Pour parler profession. TechCollect. Harmony Day - Studyladder. Primary school homework debate leading some parents to opt out.

Parents should make use of a little-known power to negotiate with teachers over the volume of homework set for their children.

Primary school homework debate leading some parents to opt out

As the debate over the value of homework heats up again, Parents Victoria said it was a good idea to ​talk to teachers ​about​ homework and these ​discussions​ should include students. Some primary schools in New South Wales are allowing parents to opt their children out of homework, and others are reviewing their homework policies as time-poor families struggle to keep up with the extra schoolwork being sent home. Meanwhile, in Victoria, homework practices are under review, with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development considering recommendations from a 2014 parliamentary inquiry. Teaching. JustWondering — Kath Murdoch. In the part of the world in which I live (Melbourne, Australia), we are enjoying the early days of Autumn.

JustWondering — Kath Murdoch

The weather is still warm but the evenings are cooler, the mornings crisper and there is no doubt that summer is gently retreating as each day becomes a fraction shorter. There’s a kind of wistfulness about Autumn that will often find me staring into a soft evening sky and wondering... For teachers in Australia, it is also just over half way through the first term of the school year –or thereabouts. So perhaps it is the combination of the Autumnal skies and this ‘midpoint’ that got me writing some reflections this week. Six or so weeks into the school year is a good time to take stock. Edutopia. How you arrange your seating can be an asset for differentiating instruction.


Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, California, uses different seating configurations for independent work, collaborative work, mini lessons, and large-group discussions. Through scaffolded guidance from their teachers—which includes a personalized learning platform, daily goals, and a culture of formative assessment—students understand how they learn best and what resources they need, enabling them to choose and set up the seating arrangement that works best for them each day. Summit uses furniture with wheels—trapezoidal and rectangular tables and soft fabric lounge chairs with tablet arms—to make it easy for students to move the furniture.

Education By Design: Challenging the Traditional Definition of a Learning Space. A new generation of school buildings is being designed to accommodate a new generation of students. Working with educators, many of today’s architects and interior designers are replacing last century’s staid school buildings and box-like classrooms with architecturally bold designs that are affordable, aesthetic, and energy-efficient. Gone for good in many districts are rigid rows of heavy steel-framed desks with students facing a lecturer at the front of a neutral-colored classroom white chalk in hand.

“My classroom doesn’t have a front,” says Lauren Rudman, a teacher at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Va. “It’s flexible.” Increasingly, new school interiors include seminar-style rooms with round tables, dry erase whiteboards in hallways, Scrabble and LEGO walls. Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk. "What makes me enjoy talking the most," explains Milo, a Year 3 student, "is that everybody’s listened to you, and you’re part of the world, and you feel respected and important.

" Oracy -- the ability to speak well -- is a core pedagogy at School 21, a London-based public school. "Speaking is a huge priority," stresses Amy Gaunt, a Year 3 teacher. "It's one of the biggest indicators of success later in life. It's important in terms of their employability as they get older. A PHE Approach to Teaching and Learning. It’s easy to label PHE as an outsider subject – “Not that important” or it’s euphemistic cousin “non-academic” are two phrases I’ve heard to describe the subject. However, this post is not about the overwhelming importance of PHE*, but rather about a fantastic model for teaching and learning one of our outstanding PHE teachers has been using in her class and why others should follow the same model, regardless of the discipline.

Edutopia. The real question we should be asking is, "What do we believe should happen after the end of the school day to help ensure that students retain what they have learned and are primed to learn more? " Any answer with the word, "work" in its name, as in "homework," is not typically going to be met with eagerness or enthusiasm by students. Ideally, we want children to understand that they are always learners. In school, we refer to them as "students" but outside of school, as children, they are still learners. So it makes no sense to even advertise a "no homework" policy in a school. It sends the wrong message. Is this a habitat in which inquiry can thrive? Questions and warning bells for the inquiry classroom — Kath Murdoch.

I was reading an interesting post from @langwitches in which she refers to @brholland’s slideshow from a recent ASCD conference. In true domino style, Beth's post got Sylvia thinking and blogging and Sylivia’s post got me thinking and blogging! The issue being explored by these two educators was around what we are ‘looking for’ when we walk into a learning space/classroom. Beth raised a number of key questions that we can ask to help reflect more closely on the effective use of technologies. The post and slideshow are great…as is Sylvia’s sketched response to it. You can find them here: As readers of this blog know, I pretty much obsess over all things inquiry. Learning about Sustainability Mapping document 20 Jan 2017.

Victorian Curriculum Resources and Support. Maths & Science IOPs. School leadership and management. ACARA Work Samples - Work Samples. Any subjects published prior to 2016 will not be found in this resource. English, Mathematics, Science and History work samples can be found as PDF documents below the year level achievement standards in each learning area.

Edutopia. The Science of Effective Learning Spaces. If you’ve ever attempted to clear your head by taking a walk outside or zoning out by a window as the clouds roll by, you’ve intuitively hit on something that scientists have been researching for years: Our natural and built environments seem to affect how we think and feel. Researchers have recently focused on determining how environmental factors can affect kids’ ability to learn. No Cookies. Victorian Curriculum Resources and Support. Segment 1: What is Concept-Based Learning? Over 100 Essential Questions Examples Organized by Subject. So many essential questions examples, so little time. When we talk about essential questions, often the man who comes to mind is the late great Grant Wggins. He is still known as the “godfather of the essential question.”

10 ways to make learning meaningful… – What Ed Said. Whether your students are completing assignments, inquiring into areas of their interest, covering curriculum or exploring their passions, to what extent does it feel (to you, as much as to them) as if they are simply complying and ‘doing school’? Rearranging the way we learn. Made Possible by Melbourne. What Ed Said – A blog about learning. “We’re going on an expedition!” – pypchef. Deeper learning. An inquiry into homework. Concept learning: Abstract concepts at play as little people think big.

At most schools a reading of Charlotte's Web might end with a bunch of little spiders made from pipe cleaners and a few tears at the poignancy of the story itself. At Preshil independent school, the classic yarn is the stepping off point to an understanding of life cycles, problem solving and the concept of balance. The link between pedagogy and the physical environment. Without doubt the key contribution an Architect or Designer can make to the classrooms of today and tomorrow is to form a link between pedagogy and the physical environment. Designing for the 21st Century is critical to student success and teacher well-being. Learning styles theory: still relevant in the classroom? - Saga Briggs - ABC Splash -

Meet Australia's trailblazing explorers - RN Afternoons. How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development. Campfires in Cyberspace: Creating Classroom Spaces for Learners. Bringing classroom discussions to life for students.

Inquiry resources

Feedback on feedback. An opportunity for powerful learning… – What Ed Said. ABC online education. Digital Technologies Curriculum F-L2 Data and Information. Back-to-School Night: A New Approach. A School’s Guiding Statements – who and what are they for? E Leading 2016 20. Sphero’s in the Classroom – Teaching in the Primary Years. Maximizing Your Students' Creative Talent: Co Barry at TEDxDenverTeachers.

UnBoxed: Issue 15. ClickView Live: John Hattie at the LEAP Conference 2016. Assessment Tools. Group membership: belonging. The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2016 (plus more) – Mr Kemp.


Resources - Home. Pick your Passion Day. School visits. Resources - Home. Victorian Curriculum Resources and Support. DT Resources. Continuum of Engagement: From Compliant to Flow. We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations? Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools. Critical thinking can help students become better global citizens - Asia Education Foundation - ABC Splash - Teaching children wonder and science - Ockham's Razor. Growth Mindset Lesson Resources. Split Screen Approach. Ways of thinking – embedding the digital technologies curriculum. How much time do you spend shushing twenty-four children while one child speaks?

Teaching in the Primary Years. Theconversation. How to help children with spelling - Misty Adoniou - ABC Splash - Edutopia. Response to Intervention: Meeting Students at Their Learning Ability. 10 simple activities classroom. Veyldframework. Teaching Through An Inquiry Stance. Edutopia. Teaching Students, Not the Curriculum. Navigating the Victorian Curriculum F–10. How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet. How to help children with spelling - Misty Adoniou - ABC Splash - And The 2015 Winners Are… – The Edublog Awards. "I Wonder" Questions: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry. Gmail – La messagerie avec espace de stockage gratuit de Google.