Education Today
Education Today
For Education Leaders
Do it properly
Do it properly
No failure learning in military instruction Because failure to learn may have dire consequences for military students, the American Department of the Army (1954) firmly asserts: “if a student failed to learn, the instructor failed to teach” (p. 5). Whew! That puts a different spin on our teaching doesn’t it?
Blair Johns, Teacher, Dr Neil MacNeill, Principal, Ellenbrook Primary School
Winners are grinners
Winners are grinners
2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards give a nod to 12 outstanding teachers The diversity of teachers given the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award highlights the importance of vision in bringing great education.
Take the leap
Take the leap
Career planning for educators In essence, education is about preparing our youth for their lives beyond school and into the workforce as productive members of society. Equipping them with foundation skills that will put them in good stead for a range of careers, industries and roles. How is it then that for many schools, career education is left till the final years of senior school? And why is it that we neglect the career planning of educators in their professional journey? Working with educators and executives across a range of school systems, dynamics and positions, we find many are lacking both the time and knowledge to position themselves for their next step, or to even contemplate what that might look like
Kathryn Taylor, Director and Owner, Turning Point Consulting
Brandon is homeschooled
Brandon is homeschooled
Free weeks of homeschooling plus tips for parents Just to be on the safe side many parents are keeping their kids home or getting out of the city altogether, that means keeping up with their learning.
Tangible coding
Tangible coding
Osmo Coding Jam and Kaleidoscope Osmo is a good way to introduce some constructive play and makes for a better use of the ipad than watching SSundee or Ryan’s Toy Review endlessly. There’s a couple of new offerings in the series which lets kids animate and interact with the Osmo world on the ipad and Amazon Fire tablets.
Cryptojacking
Cryptojacking
Schools getting cryptojacked Just in case you haven’t had enough of viruses, here’s some digital ones. This is a nice 21st century problem; increasingly hackers are attacking schools to hijack their computer power to assist in the memory heavy activity of cryptocurrency mining.
The more things change...
The more things change...
A letter from an early childhood educator As a skilled industry, we are used to putting other children’s needs above our own. Please know that we see this as a part of the job – caring for little people, often at cost to ourselves.
Meg Anastasi
Involve teachers in design
Involve teachers in design
Teachers need to be included in classroom design Billions of dollars are being spent on new-build schools each year, but one vital piece is missing: input from teachers themselves who are very qualified to inform the design of innovative learning spaces.
An opportunity
An opportunity
COVID-19: An opportunity to listen, learn, and lead with our children As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implications for schools and families remain front and center. During this unprecedented time, we are hopeful that parents will remember the critical importance of listening to and learning from their children. 
Dr Russ Quaglia and Dr Lisa Lande, Quaglia Institute for School Voice and Aspirations

Articles

Inspiring Rare Birds
Inspiring Rare Birds
Schools should be incubators for entrepreneurs After the company I founded (JobCapital) reached $50 million in revenue, I went back to my primary and high schools in south-western Sydney to pay it forward. I wanted to inspire students, girls especially, that entrepreneurship is an exciting, rewarding career open to them, but there was one glaring problem: almost no-one knew what an entrepreneur was.
Jo Burston, CEO Rare Birds
One of the best
One of the best
Australian teacher named in the top 50 shortlist for us $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020 Maths teacher Ashley Stewart from Newton Moore Senior High School, Bunbury, Western Australia, has been included in the top 50 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2020 in partnership with UNESCO. Now in its sixth year, the US$1 million award is the largest prize of its kind and the 2020 winning ceremony will be held in London
No NAPLAN
No NAPLAN
NAPLAN cancelled NAPLAN is the latest Covid 19 casualty and will be cancelled this year because of the virus as well as the high absenteeism it is causing.
Creating a performance and development culture in school
Creating a performance and development culture in school
Enhancing Clarkson Community High School’s Performance Culture in 2019 As Head of Learning Area (HoLA) English and Humanities, Level 3 Classroom Teacher (L3CT) and occasional Acting Deputy Principal, Thomas Jones takes a keen interest in innovative and student-centred curriculum, rigorous assessment practices, data application and high trust cultures.
Thomas Jones
Free stuff
Free stuff
Corwin offers free resources for transition to online learning Corwin Australia is offering its School Leaders’ Online Toolkit and Online Teaching Toolkit free to schools needing help with transitioning to online learning. To access the toolkits and receive new resources and ongoing updates, school principals and teachers need to register online.
I can see
I can see
83 per cent of students from Prep to Grade 3 are not accessing eye health services The ‘Glasses for Kids’ program aims to remove vision impairment as a potential barrier to educational engagement and in Term 1, 2020 340 schools from some of the most disadvantaged areas of Victoria are expected to participate.
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