Long reads

Outdoor lessons boost classroom engagement
Outdoor lessons boost classroom engagement

New research has found learning in nature has a significant positive impact on engagement back in the classroom, with educators able to teach for almost twice as long without having to pause and redirect students’ attention.

Music homework – solitary and deliberate
Music homework – solitary and deliberate

When two senior Music teachers saw a need to improve the quality of student’s home practice of chosen instruments, they implemented a strategy of solitary, deliberate music practice. In consultation with the school’s Master Teacher, they developed a model aimed at improving student learning outcomes.

Smoothing early years transitions
Smoothing early years transitions

Teachers play a central role in supporting children who are starting formal schooling for the first time to settle in. University of Wollongong researchers have been studying how early years educators can help smooth the transition from preschool.

Civic knowledge, understanding and engagement
Civic knowledge, understanding and engagement

Australian students’ positive attitudes towards civic information, ideas and action, Indigenous cultures, and diversity have increased further according to new National Assessment Program – Civics and Citizenship (NAP-CC) data, released today.

PIRLS 2016: Year 4 reading and literacy results
PIRLS 2016: Year 4 reading and literacy results

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) results have been released today. Here, we take a closer look at PIRLS 2016: Reporting Australia’s results, which describes the reading literacy achievement of a nationally representative sample of Year 4 students in the international context.

Distributive leadership – building capacity and community voice
Distributive leadership – building capacity and community voice

In this case study, educators at Queensland’s Bribie Island State School share details of a distributive leadership model that not only builds teacher leadership capacity but also increases community voice.

Research to practice – classroom educators engaging with researchers
Research to practice – classroom educators engaging with researchers

A key initiative of the Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) in 2017 has been the establishment of the SLRC Partner Schools project, involving six schools in south-east Queensland, grouped in two networked clusters.

Learning spaces – try before you buy
Learning spaces – try before you buy

It’s Learning Spaces month at Teacher. Today we find out how one school has been using prototypes and cardboard mock-ups to test the effectiveness of different learning settings and configurations in preparation for a site rebuild.

PISA 2015 – collaborative problem solving
PISA 2015 – collaborative problem solving

Teenage students in Singapore have once again outperformed their peers around the world in PISA testing, this time in an assessment of collaborative problem solving.

Creating a culture of development and continuous learning
Creating a culture of development and continuous learning

Western Australia’s Butler College has created a culture of continuous learning and development for all of its staff. This long-term, whole-school approach focusses on improving the skills and capacity of all staff (including non-teaching staff) through various means, including action learning projects and peer-to-peer support and coaching.