Chapter three of the Gonski report discusses the value of excellent teachers, the importance of upgrading their professional practice, and the need for expert educators ‘who foster the learning growth of their students through collaboration, mentoring and continuous learning’.
New South Wales public school principal Hamish Woudsma recently returned from the professional learning trip of a life time – a six-day school leadership course at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In today’s article, he shares what he learned during his time in Boston.
'I’ve seen a lot of excellent teachers in Australia who work really hard to learn where their students come from … who want to learn from the child’s families, and that is their way of figuring out what the kids already bring with them to their learning and what they already know so that their learning can be built on the prior knowledge.’Read article
Australian research has found that new victims of bullying and new bullies emerge in each year of high school, and the likelihood of a student’s involvement in bullying may depend on their experiences in primary school. Here, the authors of the study share their findings.
Quality early grade reading is a key focus for the Global Partnership for Education. In her latest Teacher column, Julia Gillard explains how hundreds of millions of children around the world are denied the opportunity to learn to read, and shares how a focus on improving reading standards in Nepal is changing lives for the better.
It is not well understood by researchers precisely how oral vocabulary helps children learn to read new words. In today’s article Macquarie University’s Signy Wegener and Distinguished Professor Anne Castles discuss some exciting findings from their research that sheds light on this issue.