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Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

PISA This years focus is mathematics with an additional test in creative thinking. The new PISA 2021 mathematics framework was recently launched. Preparations for this test are underway with participants from 36 OECD members and likely 50+ non-members involved. The PISA 2024 innovative domain, Learning in the Digital World, aims to measure students’ ability to engage in self-regulated learning while using digital tools. The tasks measure students’ capacity to monitor their progress, use feedback and stay engaged while they build models and develop solutions with digital tools. These skillsets are essential in preparing students to learn autonomously in an increasingly complex and digital world. Want to join PISA? 23 Flares6501110×23 Flares We talk a lot about Nina Proudman here on Styling You. I love that so many of you are wanting to embrace aspects of this Offspring character’s style. In a nutshell, Nina rocks a boho luxe style. At first glance you might think that you have to have Nina’s shape to suit her look but there are so many elements of this style that you can “borrow” and interpret for yourself. I can’t do her flowing maxi skirt looks because there is just enough gathering in her favourite skirts to make me look even more hip-py (pun intended) than I need to look. Her skinny leg jean looks? When you break down her jeans look it really is possible to drawn inspiration from it and use items you already have in your wardrobe. Which is what I did on Friday. Friday, where I live here on the Sunshine Coast, was a public holiday for the local show. Nina Proudman-inspired outfit: a few flicks of the hair … not quite Nina’s style but on the way to it.

AusVELS - Home TIMSS and PIRLS Home Welcome to the REAIE Reading Stronger, Faster, Better: 5 Activities for Teaching Reading Strategies How do you teach students to become better readers, especially with academic texts? As a teacher, you can arm students with specific reading strategies that will help students navigate and comprehend any given text. Below are 5 essential strategies and ways to use them in your classroom. 1ScanningOne of the most essential reading skills is scanning for specific information. By training students to scan the page to look for key words, they learn to group specific letters together and quickly identify words, thus improving their fluency over time. Model and practice these skills with your students regularly and watch over time how they will be reading stronger, better, and faster!

Certain Knowledge Welcome to Rob Vingerhoets There’s No Homework in Finland To some people, Finland isn’t a whole lot more than a chilly, northern country boasting a population of around 5 million people. Whether you’ve been to Finland or not, you probably haven’t had the chance to take an up-close and personal look at one of Finland’s greatest accomplishments to date—its high-achieving education system. Students in Finland have, over the past several years, risen to the top of the academic food-chain, and they’ve become some of the top scholarly performers in the world. Compared to many other developed nations, including the US and Canada, Finland’s high school graduation rates have continued to grow steadily and impressively. Embed the image below on your site and Include Attribution to Embed the image above on your site and Include Attribution to

Alphabet Matching Matching upper case and lower case Teachers can use the following activity to ask students to help the "Mama animals" (uppercase letters) find their "babies" (lowercase letters). This game includes matching the uppercase mothers with their lowercase babies. See example > (4.2MB PDF)* This link provides a template for a prinatble "Superhero" upper and lower case letter match game. See example > This file includes uppercase and lowercase letters in a matching game that parents can use with their child at home. See example > (56K PDF)* This link provides templates for printing cards to use for writing uppercase and lowercase letters. See example > Letter formation: using sand, play dough, flour The website below provides teachers with downloadable mats with the alphabet letters for helping children use play dough to for learning letter formation. See example > Letter bingo Bingo is a simple game that children enjoy and can be used to help them learn about the upper and lower-case letters. Letter books

ACSA Australia Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners? I have been battling the notion of "designing instruction for learning styles" in my own quixotic fashion for a couple of decades now. In my attempt to be a good steward of my clients' shareholders' equity I wished to help them avoid faddish instructional design practices that have been disproven by empirical research. I first learned back in the 1980s at NSPI (now ISPI) conferences that while self-reported learning style preferences do exist, that designing instruction to accommodate them has no basis. When I posted yet again on this topic on my blog a couple of months ago and then sent a Tweet out about it—Jane Bozarth, EIC of this magazine, invited me to publish an article. Here is some of what I got back that day and shared with Jane to show her I was "on it." Wisdom from This Crowd From Harold Stolovitch: There is so much press about learning styles. From Richard E. Three major reviews of the research on learning styles have been published in top journals in the past decade.