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The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority providing a rigorous, national approach to education through the national curriculum, national assessment program and national data collection and reporting program. ACARA collaborates with teachers, principals, governments, state and territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public to develop national education standards that are applied across every school in Australia. ACARA's mission is to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting. Significant reports including the annual National Report on Schooling in Australia– the major report of statistical and related information about educational outcomes – and national data standards manuals are published on this site in the Reporting section.

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Simple Patterns: Foundation Level Indicator of progress The ability to recognise patterns is an important aspect of students’ mathematical progress. At this level patterns are made with objects such as attribute blocks as well as pictures. Objects used to develop patterns can have various attributes such as shape, colour, size and texture (smooth or rough). Comparing Vastly Different Body Types of Olympic Athletes New York-based photographer Howard Schatz captures the diverse range of body types of Olympic athletes. Referring to a body as an athletic build is often thought to be a perfect, rippling mass of muscle boasting a six pack, but Schatz's series reveals the wide variety of heights, widths, body shapes, and muscle mass that make up the physiques of champion athletes across an array of Olympic sports. Tall, short, heavy and light, Schatz's series clearly displays the broad spectrum of sizes and shapes that these disciplined jocks come in.

information - 2014-04-15 Google in Education Sydney Summit Key Information The EdTechTeam Sydney Summit featuring Google for Education will be held at the PLC Sydney in Croydon, New South Wales on April 15 & 16, 2014. Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney is a day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, offering a broad curriculum to students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Founded in 1888 and situated at Croydon, the College is set within 4.4 hectares of landscaped grounds and retains its 19th century heritage buildings and gardens alongside modern state-of-the-art facilities. PLC Sydney educates young women from the basis of a Christian world view to make a difference in a rapidly changing global society. Its graduates are confident, caring, accomplished young women who make a fine contribution to society and who carry a genuine concern for the welfare of others.

Inspiring Australia About Us Inspiring Australia is the national strategy for engagement with the sciences, working across all levels of government and industry to promote science and science literacy in Australia. Expert Working Groups Inspiring Australia has commissioned six expert working groups to report on specific areas of science engagement in Australia. Their subsequent reports include key recommendations on how the science community can work together to improve science engagement. Your Science Engagement Toolkit Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press Welcome to our free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3 - 11 years old. Help your young child learn to read with The Oxford Reading Tree (featuring our much-loved Biff, Chip and Kipper characters), watch your child develop their love of reading with Project X, or simply browse our range of eBooks for inspiration. All our free eBooks are tablet-friendly.

Graphic Film Tackles Texting while Driving It's one of the most dangerous things you can do - texting while driving. There are laws against it in more than half the states. Studies show it can increase your chances of having an accident by four times. But people keep doing it. About TIMSS 2011 (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) TIMSS 2011 is the fifth in IEA’s series of international assessments of student achievement dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science. First conducted in 1995, TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of fourth and eighth grade students. A number of countries participating in TIMSS 2011 will have trend data across assessments from 1995 to 2011. A globally cooperative enterprise, TIMSS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of student achievement supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments.

More downloads - Phil Race Please note that all downloads on my website are free. If anyone tries to charge you for them, don’t pay, but let me know by emailing me (email address under the photo on all pages). This page contains the further download materials which I normally leave on the site permanently, and update from time to time. Please go to the Home page (containing new posts), and ‘archive of older posts’ for individual materials from particular events at individual universities or colleges, which I normally leave up only for a limited time. About downloading my materialsIt’s interesting that many more people seem to download my slides from workshops, and handout materials, than were actually at the relevant sessions I ran.

Writing skills and resources Essays, case studies, lab reports and literature reviews are all part of studying at uni. Luckily for you, there are plenty of opportunities to improve your writing skills. It's important to improve your writing skills regardless of your course. Whether you're writing business reports, lab reports, critical essays or literature reviews, most assignments involve writing in one form or another. Each of these specific writing forms can be mastered, as can more generic skills including writing introductions and conclusions, and proofreading. Strong writing skills allow you to communicate your ideas with clarity, as well as be more persuasive in your arguments.

2 Compelling Reasons for Using the Studio Habits of Mind in Your Art Room Magazine / 2 Compelling Reasons for Using the Studio Habits of Mind in Your Art Room Over a decade ago, researchers with Harvard’s Project Zero identified The Studio Habits of Mind. Through research, Lois Hetland and her team classified and named eight Studio Habits which include: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore and Understand Art Worlds.

How to Teach Drawing to Children This essay was inspired by an Australian mother whose son, age eight, was feeling discouraged and wanted help in learning to draw better. She wanted to know how to help him. Observation drawing provides the method of choice. Of course observation drawing is not the only form of good drawing practice, but it is often the best way to develop drawing skills. Levels of Questions in Bloom's Taxonomy: Teaching Methodoly Advice (Grades K-12) Challenge your students with all levels of questions as defined by Bloom's Taxonomy. They will be doing higher-level thinking and you will have a more interesting classroom! New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable. Analysis An analysis question is one that asks a student to break down something into its component parts. To analyze requires students to identify reasons, causes, or motives and reach conclusions or generalizations.

Chapter 4: Misconceptions as Barriers to Understanding Science disdain, they are often preferred by the learner because they seem more reasonable and perhaps are more useful for the learner's purpose (Mayer, 1987). These beliefs can persist as lingering suspicions in a student's mind and can hinder further learning (McDermott, 1991). Before embracing the concepts held to be correct by the scientific community, students must confront their own beliefs along with their associated paradoxes and limitations and then attempt to reconstruct the knowledge necessary to understand the scientific model being presented. This process requires that the teacher:

Measure Wind Speed with Your Own Wind Meter Key concepts Atmosphere Environment Speed Weather Wind Introduction Have you ever wondered how wind is made? Wind is caused by a difference in air pressure. Air travels from areas of higher pressure to places where there is less pressure. And just as air flows out of the high-pressure inside an inflated balloon if the opening is not tied, air in the atmosphere will move to a lower pressure area, creating wind.