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Miss Chen’s blog: Understanding Australia’s animals
Miss Chen’s blog: Understanding Australia’s animals

In this regular blog, Miss Chen will be sharing some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom, which are all available to download for free via the Little J & Big Cuz website. For today’s activity, her class identified Australia’s native animals.

Improving practice through student feedback
Improving practice through student feedback

Feedback is an essential part of learning, especially when we want to improve our practice and attain high professional standards. And the best form of feedback is right there in front of us in our classrooms.

Do later school start times improve learning?
Do later school start times improve learning?

A review into the effects of starting school later in the day has found some promising results for teenagers struggling to get to school on time. Here we look at the research findings and we speak to a school in Australia that commences lessons at 10 am.

Could marking exams improve your professional practice?
Could marking exams improve your professional practice?

Teachers are often encouraged to take up opportunities to mark external exams or tests. There is extra money to be earned, but they are also often told that it is good professional development. But what do people mean when they say that, and what parts of your professional practice does marking help to develop?

Does the old school report have a future?
Does the old school report have a future?

In the first of a series of articles on how schools communicate student learning progress, Dr Hilary Hollingsworth and Jonathan Heard examine some of the recent history of reporting in Australian schools and highlight some of the competing forces that have influenced current practices in student reporting.

The negative effects of ability grouping
The negative effects of ability grouping

Do you use ability grouping in your classroom? New research published in the Cambridge Journal of Education suggests this approach may be hindering those in the lower attainment groups because their self-confidence is likely to suffer.

Miss Chen’s blog: Learning to negotiate
Miss Chen’s blog: Learning to negotiate

Miss Chen shares some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom. In today’s activity, the Year 1 students build on their interpersonal skills by learning how to negotiate their way out of a range of tricky situations.

Arts teacher wins 2018 Global Teacher Prize
Arts teacher wins 2018 Global Teacher Prize

An arts and textiles teacher from the UK who learned the basics of 35 different languages to better connect with her students has been named winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize. Andria Zafirakou from Alperton Community School received US $1 million for her outstanding contribution.

The Research Files Episode 40: Indigenous perspectives on quality teaching
The Research Files Episode 40: Indigenous perspectives on quality teaching

In this episode of The Research Files, we speak to Adjunct Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy at James Cook University, Brian Lewthwaite. He's the lead author of a research project exploring the perspectives of Indigenous Australians on effective teaching practice and he joins us to talk about phase one of this study.

Teacher quality the priority for parents
Teacher quality the priority for parents

Parents in Australia say teacher quality is the most important factor when choosing a school for their child, and if their school had extra cash most would choose to spend it on more teachers or better pay for existing teachers, followed by more support staff.