Expert panel: what makes a good teacher Amid debates about teacher quality and training, and with the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group soon to report on teacher education, we asked a panel of experts just what makes a good teacher. David Zyngier, Monash University From my research on student engagement, a good teacher practises CORE pedagogy where the teaching Connects with the children’s background, students have Ownership of what is being taught, Responds to the students’ needs and Empowers students to see that education can make a difference to their lives. When this is combined with Pedagogical Reciprocity - that is teachers and students learning with and from each other - teaching and learning is at its best for all children, but especially those from disadvantaged and minority communities. Good teachers have a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of their subjects and a deep understanding of how students learn particular subjects. John Loughran, Monash University Teach instead of tell Teacher-Student Relationships
Anxiety Disorders - Health & Wellbeing by ABC Health and Wellbeing We all experience some degree of anxiety. But when it becomes persistent, powerful and interferes with daily life, it's called an anxiety disorder. [Image source: iStockphoto] We all know what it's like to feel anxious; that feeling of dread or apprehension accompanied by tightness in the chest, and physical symptoms like sweating, trembling and rapid heartbeat. These feelings of anxiety are normal when people are threatened, and for most of us these feelings fade once the event that caused them passes or the problem is solved. Around 14 per cent of Australians are affected by an anxiety disorder each year, but only a small percentage of these will seek treatment. What causes anxiety disorders? There is no single cause of anxiety disorders, but researchers have identified a number of risk factors that seem to predispose some of us towards anxiety: Family history. Symptoms The most common features of anxiety disorders include: Types of anxiety disorders Medications
Mental health The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) develops, maintains and reports on national mental health care data, including 4 mental health National Minimum Datasets, to provide a picture of mental health-related service provision in Australia. Working collaboratively with Australian and state and territory government departments, the AIHW aims to provide timely and relevant information on mental health services in Australia, their usage and the resources required to run them. As well as producing Mental health services in Australia and Mental health services–in brief, the AIHW is also provides data analytical support to the National Mental Health Commission and participates in various national mental health committees. Mental health services in Australia reports Mental health services in Australia (online version) provides the most recent information about the activity and characteristics of Australia’s mental health-related services. Mental health services - in brief 2013
resilience Virtual rape in Grand Theft Auto 5: learning the limits of the game Are video games societal microcosms wherein deviant behaviour flourishes and spills into “real life”? Or are they just harmless fun in which nobody really gets hurt? This endless debate usually concerns violent games; so much so that many are now inured to the discussion. But a disturbing hack involving sexual assault in Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5) threatens to achieve the impossible: swaying the opinion of gamers themselves. What is a mod? Videogames let players simulate being almost anyone: a battle-hardened soldier (Call of Duty), a boy navigating his father’s alcohol addiction (Papo & Yo), and even a god (Populous). Often, when games lack some aspect players wish existed, hackers in the community create a modification (or mod) that allows them to add the desired feature. Mods can bestow aiming assistance, unlimited ammunition, or the ability to see through walls. When is a world open enough? Click to enlarge In the Grand Theft Auto games, protagonists navigate a criminal underworld.
Stop Anxiety Attacks & Anxiety Disorder - Symptoms & Treatment, Melbourne | Anxiety Treatment Australia What are anxiety attacks? (otherwise known as panic attacks) According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), a panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort and consists of 4 or more of the symptoms listed below. Panic attacks have an abrupt onset and the symptoms peak within 10 minutes. What are the symptoms of a panic/anxiety attack? Panic symptoms include: palpitationssweatingtrembling or shakingshortness of breathchoking sensationschest pain or discomfortnauseadizzinessfeeling detached from oneselffear of losing control or dyingnumbness or tinglingchills or hot flushes Some people with panic disorder will have recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. What is panic disorder? People with panic disorder have: The panic attacks cannot be side effects of recreational or prescription drug use or a general medical condition. Who develops panic disorder? Panic disorder is more prevalent in women, and women are more prone to develop significant agoraphobia.
mindslikeours.co.uk Teaching Students with Anxiety Disorders Having spent 15 years working with adolescent students who had emotional and /or behavioral disorders, I frequently encountered students who had anxiety disorders. While all children feel anxious and nervous at times, most of these fears and worries are short-term. (For example: A young child may express fear about spiders for a few months.) However, some children and adolescents experience anxieties so severe that they interfere with everyday activities. Students with anxiety disorders, often experience low self-esteem and difficulty making and keeping friends. Unlike other disorders, adolescents who experience anxiety disorders are often withdrawn, quiet and compliant. Some of the most common anxiety disorders experienced by adolescents include: Generalized Anxiety Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Panic Phobias Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In a classroom setting, anxiety disorders may manifest in behaviors which include, but are not limited to: Tardiness and/or absences Crying
Free Your Mind Projects What Internet Habits Say About Mental Health Consider two questions. First: Who are you? What makes you different from your peers, in terms of the things you buy, the clothes you wear, and the car you drive (or refuse to)? What makes you unique in terms of your basic psychological make-up—the part of you that makes you do the things you do, say the things you say, and feel the things you feel? And the second question: How do you use the internet? Although these questions may seem unrelated, they’re not. First, the research team asked over 200 volunteers to fill out a survey about “recent affective experiences;” what the volunteers didn’t know was that a well-known measure of depression—the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) scale—was embedded within this survey. Again, researchers didn’t know what people were looking at on the internet (for example, depression support groups—a dead giveaway), but merely how they were using the internet. These data are particularly important for several reasons.