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In The Classroom

Hitting the right note

One of the first things students do as they start at Victoria’s St Brendan’s College is pick out a musical instrument. Over the next two terms this instrument becomes integral to their school life, as they take responsibility for it, ...

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The building blocks of learning

So much of the teaching in early learning revolves around the importance of a child’s environment on their development. Over the last 100 years, many divergent philosophies have evolved with a wide breadth and depth of thinking and with an ...

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Far and away

Written by Andrew McLachlan Co-curricular activity development teacher for Golgotha English Medium School in Bangladesh I have found the career that best suits me; now I want to see how many new and interesting places education can lead me to. ...

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A level playing field?

From body image concerns to teasing from boys and limited sporting options at school, the disengagement of teenage girls from sport is a complex interaction of attitudinal, social and structural factors. Like many of the girls interviewed for a new ...

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The root of learning

Do you ever reflect on the experience of nature you had as a child? I often do. Fortunately for me, my experience of outdoors as a child involved camping, walking for miles along beaches, fishing, many idyllic sunsets, growing vegetables, ...

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A love of literature

The majority of teachers have rejected the “artificial” four-unit structure of the senior years’English courses and say the senior years’ curriculum is too focused on content rather than student skills. “English does not lend itself to a content-based syllabus, but ...

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Climate control

The past year has seen a gradual shift in the understanding of the value of sustainable design in Australian schools. As consultants to over 150 schools under BER, we worked closely with architects and principals to provide the science of ...

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No frontiers

Picture this. You’re travelling through rural Kyrgyzstan. You’ve just climbed a steep mountain and come across a small remote village. The inhabitants are not accustomed to many Western visitors, but nonetheless you strike up conversation with some locals. Could you ...

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The new nuts and bolts

The draft national curriculum, which is currently out for consultation, is peppered with references to technology. And that, says the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), is entirely by design. ACARA is charged with developing national curricula for K-12 ...

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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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