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In The Classroom

Destined for greatness

Year 11 student Stephen Smith is not only an elite sportsman – having reached the highest level of baseball training in NSW and a top 25 national player – but is first in his class in economics, and top five ...

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The right equation

Given the new curriculum provides for more complex maths to be learned at an earlier age, mathematicians and teachers, while endorsing the content, have concerns about the capability of primary teachers to deliver it. They are also wondering whether South ...

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A lack of chemistry

The curriculum’s stated emphasis on applied learning is “rhetorical” with the lead writers choosing a “very safe and very conservative curriculum” that resembles a 1970s teaching document, critics say. Despite its inclusion as an independent science stream no serious attention ...

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For love of language and literature

Experts say the new curriculum needs more clarity and caution in relation to the contextual influences on language, literature and literacy. “Many parents and grandparents will remember with horror and dread chanting the parts of speech and the mind-numbing activity ...

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On a journey to learning

Melanie Dunkley has long lived with the privilege and burden of being a dual citizen and globetrotter. Having studied German at high school, Dunkley travelled to Germany and France several times on exchange. Her tertiary education then took her to ...

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The architecture of learning

The virtual world is not only shaping how students interact with each other online, it can also provide an effective model for the physical design of schools. New learning spaces should model the virtual community which students are connected to, ...

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Around the world

Letter from Tanzania Yes, they speak Swahili here and I am trying too. English is very much a second language and is only taught at high school. So, with my limited grasp of the local language it is tricky to ...

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The big brain gain

The Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program, the US’s largest cultural exchange program for teachers, has been placing Australian teachers in American schools for nearly 20 years. Now an alliance with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) aims to expand ...

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Sport smart

Thousands of children have recently returned to the classroom. But how much sports they do – or should be doing – during their school day remains a matter of hot debate. As many educators and parents demand a less cluttered ...

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Beyond the classroom

The lack of a common definition of outdoor education is both a strength and a weakness. A strength because it can be adapted to almost any learning area or age group. And a weakness because where a range of school ...

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