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Today’s lesson: less CO2 = $

The federal government’s carbon pricing scheme commences on July 1 and while there has been significant public debate about the new tax’s flow-on effects, not much of the discussion has focused on the education sector. So, how will the carbon ...

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Bullying of teachers common, study finds

Authorities need to raise awareness of the high incidence of bullying in Australian schools and provide professional development for all staff, say the authors of a new book. The researchers have called for more study of workplace bullying and national ...

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Mothermatics catches on

The opportunity to test lesson ideas and support each other has made a regional high school placement a huge success, say mother and daughter students from Brisbane. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) post-graduate student Amanda Day, 47, and her daughter, ...

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Having the guts to be healthy

It may only be in its third year, but the Gutsy Challenge continues to grow in popularity. The national program, which encourages students to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables in a bid to raise funds for Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer ...

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Solving maths problem a complex equation

Schools need to develop multiple strategies to improve students’ motivation to learn maths, and they must work to boost their self-belief, given confidence is a major factor influencing engagement, according to new research. The teacher-student relationship and the overall classroom ...

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NAPLAN ‘an expensive mistake’

More than 140 academics from various fields have signed a letter calling for the end of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), saying the pressure on teachers and children to perform well on the tests is narrowing ...

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Learning for teachers made plain

Professional development for teachers is about to get a whole lot easier, with the launch of a new online games-based tool where teachers from all sectors learn, network and collaborate. PLANE (pathways for learning anywhere anytime – a network for ...

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Skills for 21st century identified

needed for the future and how schools can teach them. Darragh O Keeffe reports. It used to be reading, writing and arithmetic were the skills needed to successfully finish school and get you into the workplace. But according to an ...

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Fly me to the moon

For Brendan Nicholson and Pi Lee, the sky’s the limit. The two NSW students have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – a trip to the International Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, USA. They will be accompanying Tyril Houghton, a ...

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Teacher inspires student volunteerism

It began with a rusty lawnmower and 15 students, but now Ben Princehorn’s program to encourage young people to volunteer by performing backyard makeovers for disadvantaged families boasts a waiting list of students keen to help. Princehorn, a legal studies ...

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