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The Government Seeks Your Definition of Quality Teachers

<a href="/blogs/2014/05/07/the-government-seeks-your-definition-of-quality-teachers">The Government Seeks Your Definition of Quality Teachers</a>

The Education Minister has asked us all to contribute to a public consultation on how to get quality teachers in front of our children. But what does ‘quality teacher’ mean? Can we quantify ‘quality’? Every year I ask my graduating preservice teachers why they came into teaching. It inevitably comes down to a teacher they remember - sometimes it’s a bad memory of a teacher who was cruel or thoughtless, and a determination to be the antidote to such teachers, but mostly it’s due to an inspirational teacher. Read full article

Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia

<a href="/blogs/2013/12/17/creating-an-inclusive-education-system-in-australia">Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia</a>

"I was shocked when the local preschool teacher asked me when my son was coming to preschool… I had no idea he was even permitted to attend the local preschool." Those are not the words of a mother during Apartheid in South Africa or someone labelled 'untouchable' living under a caste system. They are the words of an Australian mother whose son has been labelled 'disabled'. This mother is participating in some of my current research. Read full article

US Boards of Education Issue Policy on Social and Emotional Learning

United States National Association of Boards of Education issue a policy document on the importance of social and emotional learning for students' wellbeing and academic success. Read the policy document. Includes an overview of SEL and research base. Read full article

Research and Evidence on School Starting Age

<a href="/articles/research-and-evidence-on-school-starting-age">Research and Evidence on School Starting Age</a>

Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest...There are several strands of evidence which all point towards the importance of play in young children’s development, and the value of an extended period of playful learning before the start of formal schooling. Read full article

Free Talk in Sydney - 'What is Good Education for Girls AND Boys?'

<a href="/blogs/admin/2013/05/01/free-talk-in-sydney-what-is-good-education-for-girls-and-boys">Free Talk in Sydney - &#039;What is Good Education for Girls AND Boys?&#039;</a>

Santa Sabina College Principal and Gender Education Expert, Dr Maree Herrett invites you to a free talk about gender relations in education. Read full article

NAPLAN is not Running According to PLAN

<a href="/articles/naplan-is-not-running-according-to-plan">NAPLAN is not Running According to PLAN</a>

Opinion: “I’ve had enough of the NAP and enough of the PLAN.” So spoke a seven year old I met last week whose year three class is busy getting ready for NAPLAN – the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy test – which will be taken by the vast majority of years three, five, seven and nine students in Australian schools next month. NAPLAN is supposed to tell us how we're tracking on the three Rs, but a study commissioned last year by the public policy research Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney shows that the test is having unintended outcomes. Read full article

Education in Australia - Why We Should Never Return to the 3 Rs

<a href="/articles/education-in-australia-why-we-should-never-return-to-the-3-rs">Education in Australia - Why We Should Never Return to the 3 Rs</a>

Opinion: Ongoing calls for a rejection of “intellectual fads” and a return to “more traditional teaching methods” seem to be ramping up in the education debate. But if these advocates were talking about rejecting advances over the past sixty years in medicine, no one would take them seriously. So why then is it acceptable to champion simplistic and archaic methods when it comes to education? We should never, and in fact we cannot, return to the three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic for a couple of very simple reasons. Read full article

I'm Not Sure About Testing Student Teachers for Emotional Intelligence

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/13/im-not-sure-about-testing-student-teachers-for-emotional-intelligenc">I&#039;m Not Sure About Testing Student Teachers for Emotional Intelligence</a>

I'm very happy and optimistic about some of the changes the Federal government is proposing to teacher training. Teachers should, I believe, be more highly trained, paid and respected in our society - along with the medical profession, they are pretty much the linchpin of a successful society...If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I believe emotional intelligence education is important. So why would I baulk at the suggestion that new Australian teachers are to be tested for emotional intelligence? Read full article

You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article

Inspiration - a Teacher's Belief Helps an Angry Child

<a href="/blogs/2013/02/11/inspiration-a-teachers-belief-helps-an-angry-child">Inspiration - a Teacher&#039;s Belief Helps an Angry Child</a>

I had just one year of teaching under my belt and was taking classes towards my master’s degree in special education. Though barely qualified to teach students with challenging behaviour disorders, I quickly assessed that academic training wasn’t going to make me a successful teacher...Vince’s mother repeated the words that seemed incomprehensible, unbearable, and repulsive to my ears.Vince killed his kitten that afternoon. Read full article