Ecopedagogy: Teaching sustainability practices in school
The education of young children needs to be educative, positive and reassuring, so that these children develop a glass half-full, reassuring outlook on life because the alternative is that an overly critical view is less conducive to promoting children’s positive mental health. Within this context, ecopedagogy is a developing area of interest in environmental education, and it gives teachers useful insights into teaching and learning in a modern, environmentally sensitive context. Read more
Mathematics minus Numeracy: A first step toward decluttering
The process has begun – finally! We hope that the work to review the mathematics (and digital technologies) curriculum over the next 12 months does indeed result in clarity about what is to be taught. The seemingly poor performance by our students in mathematics should not be blamed on them or their teachers. The jargon and lists of poorly connected ideas in the current mathematics curriculum does indeed make it challenging to comprehend. Read more
As Melbourne students head back to class, how can we use this as an opportunity to improve learning outcomes?
Victorian students have officially returned to school after months of learning from home. While much of the discussion has rightly focused on the safety, mental health and wellbeing of students as they face this transition, another conversation is quietly emerging.
Valued teachers make for better students
Unloved, under-appreciated, overworked the teacher’s lot can be a fraught one, but if you want the best for students it’s better to show teacher a bit of appreciation.
Cooler schools even with rising temperatures
School might be cool, but with summers becoming hotter it can be quite the opposite; however, by following some design principles much of the heat can be taken out of campus buildings.
Hop around for exam success
Instead of trying to learn the whole syllabus in a successive, topic by topic way, students should try a bit of jumping around.
Stolen Generations survivor Archie Roach’s teaching resources
Archie Roach, AM and 2020 Victorian of the Year, has gathered Stolen Generations Elders from around the country to develop resources for educators: The Archie Roach Stolen Generations Educational Resources, freely available on ABC Education.