An Ode to Expertise: What have we learnt from COVID and how can we apply our new learning?
In this paper presented at the Victoria Education State Principals Conference, August 2021, John Hattie says that Australian teachers are to be praised for their handling of the last two COVID effected years. "The major message here is that the community needs to honour the expertise, esteem the care and investment, and applaud the excellence of educators. Along with nurses and doctors, teachers are among the true heroes of COVID," he states. Read more
Sport: the underrated educational powerhouse
Research shows students are bored and disengaged because they can’t link theory to practice or relate to the context and the content is difficult. Social media provides a dopamine hit and online video games and TikTok come with enticing bells and whistles. It’s a tough match for traditional maths, literature, and science learning. Sport presents a unique context to distil lessons from maths and science to economics and ethics. Read more
Two Australian teachers in top 50 shortlist for $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2021
Now in its seventh year, the US$1 million Global Teacher Prize is the largest prize of its kind. Two Australians were selected from over 8,000 nominations and applications from 121 countries around the world. The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.
Have we been getting instruction backwards?
First instruction, then practice, that’s how you teach, no? Well, no, students puzzling over unfamiliar material looks to be effective in lifting comprehension and success in a subject.
Three steps to whole school reading progress
For most of us, reading is a relatively simple concept. In fact, up until recently, most educators involved in secondary schools wouldn't have spent too much time worrying about whether or not their incumbent students have basic reading skills.
Competition encourages thinking about community
The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge aims to help young Australians solve problems in their local communities.
Free Github Global Campus for students
Finding resources for students to grow in their technical career is not easy. Students are faced with the rigors of their academic learning while also searching for practical industry knowledge that applies to their career goals. Unfortunately, resources are scattered about, and it’s hard to grow alone in any technical career.