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Mindfulness Training for Teachers - The Benefits

<a href="/articles/mindfulness-training-for-teachers-the-benefits">Mindfulness Training for Teachers - The Benefits</a>

With teacher wellbeing a hot topic in the education sector, a small study out of the U.S. suggests there is a prevention for teacher stress and burnout: mindfulness training. The study reported that teachers who participated in a mindfulness training course had reduced symptoms of psychological distress and burnout, were better organised in the classroom and had more self-compassion. Read full article

Giving Students with Autism a Creative Chance

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2013/03/19/giving-students-with-autism-a-creative-chance">Giving Students with Autism a Creative Chance</a>

At the Creativity Project event in Sydney last week, Professor Sandra Jones takes the stage, followed closely by her co-presenter, author, Lincoln P. Jones. Their topic is 'How educators can help and inspire young people and develop their creativity' and they have travelled a journey to find those answers together. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence Tests for Teachers? Tougher Training? Experts Respond.

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-tests-for-teachers-tougher-training-experts-respond">Emotional Intelligence Tests for Teachers? Tougher Training? Experts Respond.</a>

Trainee teachers would be tested for literacy, numeracy and emotional intelligence under a suite of teacher training reforms released by the Federal Government today. Under the plan, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) needed to enter a university teaching course may also rise. Four education experts respond to the plan... 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

Bernard Gaynor Wouldn't Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He's Not Afraid to Say It

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/01/24/bernard-gaynor-wouldnt-let-a-gay-person-teach-his-kids-and-hes-not-a">Bernard Gaynor Wouldn&#039;t Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He&#039;s Not Afraid to Say It</a>

And he is right about the fear factor- there is nothing much to be afraid of – it’s generally safe and in most cases legal to express your views in Australia, no matter how offensive they are to other people...However, I would be afraid and ashamed to live in a country where most people were not offended by Ms Corbett’s equating the protection and granting of rights to gay and lesbian people with granting rights to paedophiles. Read full article