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Simple tips help Down syndrome learners with maths

Employing practical teaching strategies in mathematics can help teachers to meet the specific needs of children with Down syndrome who experience relative difficulty in this area. Research has found that “inclusive classrooms” and “maintaining a clear mathematical focus” is important ...

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Christmas tree survival kit: hairspray

A UNSW ecologist and a group of Sydney schoolgirls have identified a novel approach to preventing the nation’s Christmas trees from browning off this year: hairspray. The project, undertaken by Year 7 students at Kambala and overseen by UNSW staff, ...

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Curriculum to digest lessons in food production

Environmental lessons on everything from growing food to improving habitats will plant a seed for the next generation. Landcare Australia and Primary Industries Education Foundation have teamed up to design full lesson plans that aim to get kids involved in ...

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A new deal for end-of-school assessment

A review of the processes involved in senior assessment and tertiary entrance in Queensland recommends a redesign to make them more appropriate to the 21st century. Geoff Masters and Gabrielle Matters explain the thinking behind their recommendations. Is there one ...

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Call for more women at the top

It’s undeniable that low representation of women in leadership roles in education is a stubborn problem; mentoring can help, and it’s important to challenge subtle barriers. By Antonia Maiolo Linda O’Brien, principal at Granville Boys High School in Sydney, is ...

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What to expect when you’re an expat

Educators heading overseas to teach need to do their homework. By Antonia Maiolo For many years, teachers have been travelling between Australia and other countries taking up various opportunities to work abroad. Whether it has been on exchange, teaching English ...

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Master’s course to target assessment

A new master's degree to launch in 2015 will look to close a gap in teaching standards by addressing the lack of adequate expertise in educational assessment. The Australian Catholic University’s new master of educational assessment course aims to meet ...

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Solid Pathways supports top Indigenous students

Some top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are closer to pursuing careers in areas including law, veterinary science and health sciences, thanks to a program launched at the University of Queensland this year. Solid Pathways – a program that ...

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Labour dispute closes Tasmania schools for day

Thousands of Tasmanian families will have to find childcare after the state government declared today a student-free day ahead of a planned two-hour teacher strike. Teachers had intended to walk off the job between 8.30am and 10.30am in protest against planned job ...

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