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Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix “We tell a story about the power of learning that is very different from what we practice in traditional models of school,” says Steve Hargadon, education technology entrepreneur, event organizer, and host of the long-running Future of Education podcast series. If we really want children to grow up to become self-reliant and reach their full potential, “we would be doing something very different in schools. We live in a state of cognitive dissonance.” His comments are informed by a recent cross-country tour facilitating community discussions on education, as well as more than 400 interviews he’s logged with a broad spectrum of education practitioners, analysts, and innovators.

Local Languages: 13/11/2012, Behind the News Last week we told you how the government wants all kids to learn an Asian language. But there are languages much closer to home that some people think are just as important. As Tash reports, Australia has hundreds of Indigenous languages and some people are worried that if we don't keep teaching them they could eventually disappear. And there's a warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers this story contains images of people who've died. NATASHA THIELE, REPORTER: These guys are getting ready for an important lesson. PISA More than half a million 15-year-olds took part in the OECD’s latest global education survey, known as PISA. The main focus was on science, an increasingly important part of our economic and social lives. You can also watch this video in Spanish. Publications PISA 2015 Results (Volume III) - Students' Well-Being (Available from April 19, 2017 11:00) Global Launch with Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International, hosted by the Education Policy Institute in partnership with J.P Morgan, 60 Victoria Embankment, London, at 10.00 a.m. local time.

Level 4 As students work towards the achievement of Level 4 standards in Health and Physical Education, they practise and use complex manipulative and locomotor skills in a range of movement environments (indoor, outdoor and aquatic). They practise and develop competency in a range of complex motor skills such as leaping, dodging, the over-arm throw, dribbling and striking balls, cart wheeling and handstanding. In aquatic environments they practise a range of movements such as: propelling the body on the front and back using freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and survival backstroke for 10 to 20 metres; and a land-based rescue. They discuss the performance criteria of motor skills and practise observing a partner’s performance. Through modified major games (for example, games with modified...

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. Social Studies Magazines For Kids Scholastic News magazine brings kid-friendly current events into the third grade classroom with colorful photos, high-quality nonfiction, and skill-building activities. Every issue helps you meet academic standards with informational texts of varying complexity, close reading questions, and activities that build higher-order thinking-skills. Grade 3, Weekly. The only newsmagazine written specifically for fourth graders, Scholastic News connects current events to your curriculum. Student issues include important news items, vocabulary and geography skill builders, reading comprehension questions, and standardized test preparation. Subscriptions (10 or more copies) include Teacher's Guides and access to our comprehensive digital learning tool, Scholastic News Online.

Welcome to Creative Arts K-6 About Creative Arts curriculum support Welcome to Creative Arts at Early Learning and Primary Education - Learning and Leadership. The Creative Arts Advisor provides support to teachers of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts in NSW public schools. LIKE us on FaceBook so we can share ideas. 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.

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 >

SURPRISE! The First Lady Visits Unsuspecting Local Gardeners The First Lady has heard from people across the country and around the globe who have been motivated to grow their own gardens since she planted the White House Kitchen Garden seven years ago. As fruits and vegetables started to grow, so did interest – not only about the garden itself, but also about the food we eat and the health of our nation’s children and families. Inspired by all those who have joined her in supporting healthier kids and families through Let’s Move!

Teacher Brain - Educational Games and Activities This section is for all your Literacy needs - spelling, grammar, phonics and more! These resources are especially valuable for rotating Literacy groups. Hundreds of reading group activities and games for L3 and Daily 5. Activities are colourful, fun, interesting and engaging! *Please note that new products are placed at the top of the page* Texting Words - Literacy Station 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.

About MRC » Mekong River Commission The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the only inter-governmental agency that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam on their common specific interests—joint management of shared water resources and sustainable development of the Mekong River. As a regional facilitating and advisory body governed by water and environment ministers of the four countries, the MRC aims to ensure that the Mekong water is developed in the most efficient manner that mutually benefits all Member Countries and minimises harmful effects on people and the environment in the Lower Mekong Basin. Serving its member states with technical know-how and basin-wide perspectives, the MRC plays a key role in regional decision-making and the execution of policies in a way that promotes sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

A Love for Teaching: Fast Finisher Done Jar! I found the idea for a "done jar" on pinterest here and fell in love! Now that it is summer I have time to make my own! Save your peanut butter jars, that's what I used and they are perfect! I made two, one for "before lunch" which is our literacy block and one for "after lunch" which is math, social studies and skills. I used Mod Podge to put the colored papers on the popsicle sticks and it worked great!