Direct Instruction, Explicit Teaching, Mastery Learning and Good Teaching
Explicit Instruction has probably existed since groups of people learned to communicate. The onus for learning is not on the student, but on the instruction. If students do not learn it is because the instruction has not been appropriate. That is, the instruction has to be effective and efficient. Read more
The great divide of tolerability
Recently the Victorian government introduced new laws which ensure school principals have the power to ban parents who are violent, aggressive, or make threats of violence from the schools’ premises. For the first time, the new bill also empowers school leaders to exclude parents who hide behind a computer screen to communicate these threats by extending the legal framework to include the use of social media.
How to engage reluctant students in online learning - 21 online teachers share their tips
The pandemic has meant everyone has had to make adjustments, including a shift to online learning. Some have taken to this mode quite easily. But for reluctant students, it has presented another challenge on their learning journey. With NSW heading back online in the coming days and weeks, 21 experienced online teachers share their tips for effectively engaging reluctant students in the online classroom.
Mathematics education expert says proposed curriculum on right track
Since the curriculum was first published in 2010, Australia has performed poorly on international tests in mathematics, particularly PISA. This revision provides a rare opportunity to get Australia back on par with our economic peers around the world and include two hugely popular decisions, that is to decrease rote memorisation and procedures, and to emphasise computational thinking.
Why we need to make learning languages easier and more popular in schools
There are many benefits to learning languages. Years of research has shown evidence of it enhancing students’ literacy skills and helps them to have a better understanding of their own first language. They become more aware of patterns in their own language, improving their comprehension and ability to read and write. It improves memory and brain function, as well as problem-solving.
Career stability, overwork and the teaching recruitment crisis
Increasing casualisation of teaching is leaving those in the profession without career stability and discouraging those considering teaching as a job.
Key lessons from corporate data leaders on how to become 'data-driven'
Read any business plan today and you are guaranteed to see the words “data-driven”. Every single organisation knows that to compete and grow today, they need to be using their data strategically.