Research will never be able to identify instructional strategies that work with every student in every class. The best research can do is tell us which strategies have a good chance of working well with students. Robert Marzano
Welcome to a revised page. There is a miscellany of topics to consider but a few seem to have dominated others over recent weeks. These range from student cheating to the impact of behaviour on learning, curriculum subjects and levels, the role [or not] of a chaplain, changing enrolments for public and private schools, even the role and type of universities in the near future, funding [of course !] and the list could keep expanding ad infinitum. However, the two that began to dominate over recent weeks were certainly Gonski 2.0 and NAPLAN. More on these below. In addition, we note the following specific reminders for your information.
- ‘As a teacher working in children’s education and care settings your voice is needed to help us understand the professional learning experiences unique to your contexts. We would greatly appreciate you completing this 10 minute survey to help us better understand how professional learning is currently being selected, applied and evaluated by teachers working in Australian children’s education and care settings’. The survey, High Quality Professional Learning Survey - Children’s Education and Care Teachers is found using this link. The survey is only open till 1 June 2018.
- Wikispaces has been around for some time and been used by numerous education personnel to produce quality resources used by many in the profession. Regrettably, Wikispaces is about to close. Classroom and free wikis will end on 31 July 2018, while other types will end at later dates. More information from the site.
We have also included new articles in the relevant section. Some of these are also referred to in the commentary. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced in this area and it often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. As someone said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
‘We’ve reached a tipping point’ : Students swing back to state schools
The Age, Education, 24/5]
What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care
[The Conversation, 24/5]
Performance funding ‘risks unintended consequences’ in Australia
[Times Higher Education, 23/5]
Pathway to a fulfilling, productive career begins at TAFE
[The Australian, 23/5]
Frog ponds leap into Australian schools
Understanding social and emotional behaviours in early education
[EducationHQ Australia, 21/5]
The lose-lose-lose options for student funding
[Campus Morning Mail, 21/5]
Dump Science, History from K-3 curriculum, says Gonski adviser
[SMH, Education, 20/5]
‘Warped and elitist’: are Australia’s selective schools failing the fairness test ?
[The Guardian, Australia, 20/5]
WA Government looks at international fee-paying students to boost budget bottom line
[The West Australian, 19/5]
Classroom behaviour the key to future pay
[The Australian, 18/5]
Frecklington slams Qld ATAR English call
[EducationHQ Australia, 18/5]